Theatrical Release Date: 08 Jun 2006
Home Ent. Release Date: 09 Sep 2006
Running Time: 101 mins
Directed by acclaimed Hong Kong director Johnnie To, ELECTION - VOLUME 1 is an action thriller set within the secretive Triad society of Hong Kong. ELECTION offers a powerful insight into this ancient society, which operates today like any other criminal organisation in the world but which remains a major part of Hong Kong's history and culture. The time has come, as it does every two years, for the senior members of Hong Kong's oldest Triad, The Wo Shing Society, to elect a new chairman. Fierce rivalries emerge between the two eligible candidates. Lok, respected by the Uncles is the favourite to win. But his rival Big D will stop at nothing to change this, including going against hundreds of years of Triad tradition and influencing the vote with money and violence. When Wo Shing's ancient symbol of leadership, the Dragon's Head Baton, goes missing, a ruthless struggle for power erupts and the race to retrieve the Baton threatens to tear Wo Shing in two. Can Wo Shing balance their traditional brotherhood ways with the cut-throat modern world of 21st century business? ELECTION - VOLUME 1 was screened to great acclaim at the Cannes Film festival in 2005. VOLUME 2 screened at the festival in 2006 and will be released in the UK in 2007.