• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2007
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. A muscular sequel to To's riveting 2005 gangster picture "Election."
  2. Cements director's place as mob-movie master.
  3. 91
    Like the best crime stories, this one isn't about how the bad guys live, it's about how WE live.
  4. 90
    Outside of "Grindhouse," it may be the most bang for your buck to be had in a Los Angeles movie theater this season.
  5. More elegantly plotted and streamlined than the first film.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Set two years later, the sequel's the better film.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kerr
    80
    It's not all violence and brutality. To allows his morbid sense of humor to shine through. There are moments of absurd hilarity that don't necessarily lighten the mood so much as bring it down to earth. The performances are strong all around.
  8. 80
    In To's movies no one is innocent, and the social corruption has reached down to the soul. He orchestrates action scenes with an elegance that suggests Scorsese.
  9. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    80
    To's take on the plight of the modern gangste is inspired.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    80
    Like any good sequel, this film takes what is familiar with the original's concept -- in this case, an internecine struggle for supremacy -- and deepens it.
  11. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    80
    Distinguished by intelligence, wit and violence but is lightly wounded by some ill-fitting moments.
  12. Plenty of films owe a debt to "The Godfather," but it's rare to see inspiration used as successfully as it is here.
  13. 75
    Nobody familiar with To will be surprised by the way he presents stylish violence in innovative and humorous ways.
  14. This is an extremely violent movie, with one long gory scene that's particularly hard to stomach. The great majority of Triad Election is about political maneuvering, but when the conversations end, the blood flows mightily.
  15. If you're willing to do the work, Triad Election pays you in tragedy.
  16. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    As in the first movie, To deftly references the "Godfather" trilogy, examining the moral equivocation and shifting alliances among various syndicate members.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    9
    "Triad Election" takes viewers deep into a ritualized world of the Triad Society crime organization which is full of betrayal, backstabbing, and power-grabbing moves for power. The movie contains complex characters, scheming political machinations, and explosive action sequences that creates balance against Jonnie To's unique directorial style and subversive plot twists. "Triad" is the sequel to the wildly successful "Election" (2005), which earned a number of awards and nominations including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2006. The "Triad" storyline expounds from its predecessor with a political subtext: the candidates here, elegantly played by Koo and Yam, are not only trapped by their own lust of power or wealth, but also by the mainland Chinese government’s omniscient influence. To merges an intelligent screenplay with the hardball tactics of the Hong Kong underworld which contains political undertones and transcends an otherwise conventional crime drama storyline.

    The slow burn caper maintains a business-like atmosphere, while its general sense of tranquility is interrupted with sudden bursts of intense violence. Noticeably absent is the trademark two-fisted gun play, sunglasses, and highly stylized action sequences so prevalent in Woo's films. To underplays the spectacle of violence he's more interested in the how the escalation reveals the character of the candidates. The majority of "Triad Election" is about the political maneuvering of organized crime, but when the conversations end, make no mistake, the blood flows mightily. "Triad Election" strongly resembles "The Godfather Part II" (1974), but it's resolutely a Chinese story, reaching back to the origins of Hong Kong crime syndicates, and showing how they struggle to keep a foothold in a modernized world. There are great modern crime movies out there Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" (1990), and Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's "Infernal Affairs" trilogy. "Triad Election" unquestionably belongs with such illustrious company.
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  2. MarcK.
    Nov 10, 2007
    5
    Somewhat disappointing. Very stylish, and I can see why it was so widely acclaimed. But in the end, very little soul.
  3. KenG.
    May 16, 2007
    4
    I have to admit, I haven't seen the first movie (Election) that this is a sequel to, and if I had, maybe my view would be different. But a good sequel should be able to stand on it own, and this doesn't. The first half of the movie is slow, very talky, and vague (I had trouble making sense of what was going on, and who everyone was, but again, maybe that would have been different if I had seen the first movie). There is a lot of brutal violence in the second half, to hold your attention, but this comes across more as just a collection of scenes with brutal violence, than it does coherent story telling. Full Review »