johnnie to's ELECTION

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just saw this movie again (caught it first time at TIFF) and man, it's so great. basic idea: this hong kong triad elects a new leader every 2 years in this 100 yr old tradition, and "election" and its sequel "election 2"/"triad election" each follow one "campaign cycle." intricate, not flashy (no crazy action but amazingly violent at points), and some of the best plot-driven storytelling i've seen in a while.

see "ELECTION"!

(not to be confused with alexander payne's "election")

s1ocki, Monday, 28 May 2007 16:21 (fourteen years ago) link

I want to see a movie with Reese Witherspoon and MAtthew Broderick as HK gnagsters, though!

Seriously, I loved "Breaking News" so this is on the list.

Oilyrags, Monday, 28 May 2007 16:29 (fourteen years ago) link

dudes

s1ocki, Monday, 28 May 2007 18:42 (fourteen years ago) link

i misspelled johnny

s1ocki, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 12:41 (fourteen years ago) link

It's not his name anyway, though, is it?

Oilyrags, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 12:54 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Mad Detective? (i'm watching the DVD tonight)

poortheatre, Monday, 30 June 2008 21:27 (twelve years ago) link

should be seeing that at fantasia, I think

Simon H., Monday, 30 June 2008 21:47 (twelve years ago) link

it's playing at fantasia

doh xpost

Will M., Monday, 30 June 2008 21:48 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

that fishing scene, yo

omar little, Friday, 19 September 2008 23:15 (twelve years ago) link

good movie eh

s1ocki, Saturday, 20 September 2008 05:04 (twelve years ago) link

GREAT movie, esp. those last 15 minutes (have you seen the sequel yet slocki? i hope it's not a letdown)

btw, britishes should be aware that this is screening on Film4 tonight, 1.25am -3.25am - or you can buy the DVD for abt a fiver in Zavvi

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 20 September 2008 05:20 (twelve years ago) link

ya i saw the sequel right after the first one! not as good, but still good.

s1ocki, Saturday, 20 September 2008 05:27 (twelve years ago) link

i'm always actually really amazed by the skills and charisma some of these hk actors have, they run circles around even someone as good as chow-yun fat.

omar little, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:27 (twelve years ago) link

true

s1ocki, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

Have you seen Exiled?

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

like simon yam in exiled & election or full contact or some category 3 gorefest, the dude can do anything

omar little, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

exiled is dope

omar little, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:39 (twelve years ago) link

Simon Yam is best in Bullet in the Head.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

Anthony Wong is best in everything.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

What's amazing is some of really good performances are delivered by guys who are like the equivalent of Justin Timberlake or Nick Carter. . .

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

the best hk guys are working on some mcqueen/mitchum level, but they also happen to be much more versatile.

omar little, Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:44 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

election 2 sort of put me off hamburger for awhile

omar little, Monday, 1 December 2008 05:59 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

Yam's career began as a male supermodel, before he turned to acting in the mid 1970s. He then signed with TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of TV series prior to "apply his trades" in the movies in 1987. His elder brother is Deputy Commissioner of Police Yam Tak-Wing.

max, Thursday, 11 March 2010 02:28 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

To is mentioned in an nytimes article today

calstars, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 12:06 (ten years ago) link

Yeah a new movie with Johnny Halladay!?!?!?

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 12:18 (ten years ago) link

as someone who still hasn't seen this all those months after the ilx film poll thread, kinda pissed off that triad election is on netflix on-demand but original election is not. i wouldn't watch the naked gun 33 1/3 before the first two.

strongohulkingtonsghost, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 14:01 (ten years ago) link

very similar in tone to the naked gun films actually

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Wednesday, 4 August 2010 14:02 (ten years ago) link

Vengeance trailer
the dubbing with American accents sounds pretty awful.

danzig, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 14:33 (ten years ago) link

as someone who still hasn't seen this all those months after the ilx film poll thread, kinda pissed off that triad election is on netflix on-demand but original election is not. i wouldn't watch the naked gun 33 1/3 before the first two.

― strongohulkingtonsghost, Wednesday, August 4, 2010 10:01 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

really? they must have taken it down, i watched it on netflix on demand a couple weeks ago

max, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 15:24 (ten years ago) link

it's still available, I just checked

Nhex, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 15:26 (ten years ago) link

oh of course as soon as i have to put my account on hold until i get paid.

strongohulkingtonsghost, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 15:56 (ten years ago) link

damn you to hell, netflix

strongohulkingtonsghost, Wednesday, 4 August 2010 15:56 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...
one year passes...

that fishing scene, yo

― omar little, Friday, September 19, 2008 6:15 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

catbus otm (gbx), Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:48 (nine years ago) link

this was so good, and really well shot, are the rest as good?

catbus otm (gbx), Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:49 (nine years ago) link

u mean 2?

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:51 (nine years ago) link

oh I dunno I thought there were more mentioned itt

catbus otm (gbx), Sunday, 22 April 2012 03:54 (nine years ago) link

Election 2 is even better, imho

sean gramophone, Sunday, 22 April 2012 06:21 (nine years ago) link

not to be confused with JOHNNY HTOO

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:48 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/PWo8x.jpg

乒乓, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 15:49 (eight years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp3Y1lR3LBs

乒乓, Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:08 (eight years ago) link

hell yeah

乒乓, Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:08 (eight years ago) link

that almost made me pass out from excitement

christmas candy bar (al leong), Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:10 (eight years ago) link

ikr?!?!?!?!

http://i.imgur.com/R7wolJw.png

ah ah ah ah *presses fast forward on my life*

乒乓, Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:11 (eight years ago) link

YES

what a trailer
what a trailer

凸凹凸凹凸凹凸 (c sharp major), Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:29 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

watched cold war after someone convinced me it was the new johnnie to

need to start paying attn to this thread

cocktail onion (fennel cartwright), Wednesday, 1 May 2013 14:07 (eight years ago) link

cold war was tense but ultimately kind of meh i thought

乒乓, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 14:09 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

was kind of disappointed by drug war tbh

max, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:46 (seven years ago) link

all italian movies were like that for a super long time

socki (s1ocki), Friday, 18 October 2013 13:43 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

there was this a few weeks ago:

http://www.film.com/movies/ranked-johnnie-to-films-from-worst-to-best

― Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Friday, August 16, 2013 9:45 PM (4 months ago) Bookmark

So putting "Romancing in Thin Air" as #1 was massive trolling

But "Sparrow" is really, really special

Excellent

乒乓, Monday, 30 December 2013 00:26 (seven years ago) link

Linked in that article:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJlCYNt2z9k

tbd (Eazy), Monday, 30 December 2013 01:25 (seven years ago) link

Yeah that's a great shot but falls apart toward the end

So does the movie

乒乓, Monday, 30 December 2013 01:47 (seven years ago) link

breaking news is ok but not that good. The big heat is too low, fulltime killer just about right.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 30 December 2013 02:20 (seven years ago) link

Al you should see sparrow. It's like a Hitchcock movie

乒乓, Monday, 30 December 2013 02:42 (seven years ago) link

Well maybe not Hitchcock, or only insofar in its 'look'

Just a really lush movie

乒乓, Monday, 30 December 2013 02:51 (seven years ago) link

yeah i'm gonna hunt that one down! it is too bad so many of his films are impossible to find. the mission deserves something more than the crappy import dvd i have.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 30 December 2013 05:08 (seven years ago) link

http://www.chinasmack.com/2014/stories/3000-police-raid-chinese-meth-cooking-village-in-crackdown.html

Were they cooking meth in Drug War? I don't recall

, Monday, 6 January 2014 11:21 (seven years ago) link

Yes.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 6 January 2014 14:11 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

a 60th b'day appreciation
lookin fwd to the musical

http://moviemezzanine.com/johnnie-to-essay/

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 April 2015 14:49 (six years ago) link

Tnx for that Morbs

Miss omar little :\

, Friday, 24 April 2015 15:05 (six years ago) link

thx morbs

Nhex, Friday, 24 April 2015 18:14 (six years ago) link

drug war was probably the best new film i saw last year. as with other of his films, for an action/genre movie it lingers in a surprisingly complex way.

i still think his best run, overall, was a few years around the end of the '90s, but sadly those films are among the ones that are tied up in rights issues and thus are harder to come by (especially in decent-looking editions). i'm talking about:

a hero never dies / expect the unexpected / the longest nite / where a good man goes / running out of time / the mission

what i'd give for a nice blu-ray criterion set of those films! call it "milkyway at fin de siecle" or something.

(you could go back a few years and include lifeline, beyond hypothermia, and too many ways to be no. 1--and it would be the best thing ever.)

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Friday, 24 April 2015 22:05 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

reviews are pretty good...

http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/review-office/

apparently only NYC engagement is in Whitestone, Queens!

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Friday, 18 September 2015 19:54 (five years ago) link

it's not very focused but it's fun (also it's playing at amc times square)

has nomar seen sparrow yet??

, Sunday, 27 September 2015 20:32 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

not yet! i have no idea where to get a copy. might have to order it? the local dvd rental place just closed down, they tended to get all if not most To movies.

office looks amazing imo.

nomar, Monday, 19 October 2015 18:11 (five years ago) link

let me clear out some dropbox space maybe? i actually don't think i have any way of reaching you outside ilx haha

, Monday, 19 October 2015 18:15 (five years ago) link

just hit you up with my email ;)

nomar, Monday, 19 October 2015 18:22 (five years ago) link

;)

, Monday, 19 October 2015 18:44 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

OFFICE tonight at NYC MoMA in 3D

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 November 2015 18:42 (five years ago) link

real heads caught it at the times square amc

, Saturday, 21 November 2015 18:50 (five years ago) link

well this was free for me

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 21 November 2015 19:04 (five years ago) link

龜: i finally managed to watch SPARROW. thanks again for sending it my way.

damn to's such a good director. and simon yam is so good. he's a great and underrated lead actor, in total cary grant charm mode here but hanging onto that "yamsian" element of menace a bit. he's probably the most effortlessly chill of all HK dudes imo. and actually it's funny to think that, for me at least and probably many others, he made his stateside rep with this crazy psycho performance in 'full contact'. and he's done a few others like that as well, i.e. 'run and kill'. also he looks only about five years older here (movie is from '08) than he did in '92.

totally swell movie and beautifully composed and with a big heart, generous to all the characters, even the purported villain. enjoyed lam suet's borderline cameo mini role. and gordon lam is always a welcome presence.

i'd like to hang out w/kelly lin tbh.

nomar, Thursday, 3 December 2015 18:26 (five years ago) link

btw i was thinking about THE MISSION recently too. listen to the balearic jams in this scene, it sounds like The Studio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p4bXobWSn8

nomar, Thursday, 3 December 2015 18:33 (five years ago) link

reposting from above obv, vid was deleted before

nomar, Thursday, 3 December 2015 18:36 (five years ago) link

glad you liked it nomar! :)

, Thursday, 10 December 2015 15:26 (five years ago) link

https://mrjagofilm.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/sparrow-1.gif

nomar, Thursday, 10 December 2015 15:34 (five years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/xuqIQID.jpg

, Thursday, 10 December 2015 15:39 (five years ago) link

just want to recommend the film 'expect the unexpected' to everyone; might be my favorite to film. he's made some of his very best films since this time, but he was really on a roll from 1996 to 2000.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:27 (five years ago) link

anyone seen THROWDOWN?

nomar, Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:32 (five years ago) link

yeah, that's one of his weirdest films; lots of tonal shifts that are hard to adjust to at first. but i have grown to really like it.

wizzz! (amateurist), Thursday, 10 December 2015 18:41 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

rewatched the mission last night. best scene is them playing paper football outside the boss's office

, Monday, 21 March 2016 18:32 (five years ago) link

that's one of the best movies of the last i don't even know how many years. it's brilliant. to has always made good movies, but his streak from about 1996 to 2001 was incredible.

wizzz! (amateurist), Monday, 21 March 2016 19:10 (five years ago) link

<3 Francis Ng

Wes Brodicus, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:15 (five years ago) link

anyone seen OFFICE?

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:44 (five years ago) link

me and morbs have seen it

, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:51 (five years ago) link

how is it? it's finally getting a single screening in my neck of the woods in a few weeks.

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:52 (five years ago) link

also yeah paper football scene in the mission is great; to is really good at scenes of people hanging out (see also 1/2 of "expect the unexpected")

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:53 (five years ago) link

it's okay? it's a great piece of technique

, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 13:58 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

anyone seen Three? only playing at a 42nd St plex here.

http://www.metacritic.com/movie/three-2016

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 June 2016 19:33 (four years ago) link

sounds interesting

Nhex, Tuesday, 28 June 2016 21:12 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFiVIkMVagc

nomar, Monday, 4 July 2016 03:35 (four years ago) link

Still haven't seen Election -missed it when it was on Mubi, sorry- or anything else of his other than The Heroic Trio, which I really dig. Like the darker sequel too, Executioners, although he didn't seem to direct that, don't know if he had any other involvement.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:04 (four years ago) link

watched life without principle last night (on hulu) - really enjoyed it

, Monday, 4 July 2016 12:05 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

still great

, Saturday, 8 July 2017 03:31 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

is this the only Johnnie To thread? a few of his movies are on Canadian Netflix but it doesn't seem to be a great selection. I did watch Don't Go Breaking My Heart and found it handsomely shot but ruined by its utterly psychotic characters

Simon H., Friday, 6 September 2019 19:59 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

revisiting drug war and it rules as much as I remembered

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 23:58 (two weeks ago) link


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