TRIAD ELECTION

黑社會:以和爲貴 | 2006 | Hong Kong | Dir. Johnnie To | 95min

 

SYNOPSIS:

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Director Johnnie To denies any allegorical reading of the film. Instead, he considers the film as a chance for him to tell a series of stories he learned from triad members. In fact, some of these stories are not complete and coherent narratives. Rather, they are gory details of how members of rivalling gangs fighting against and killing each other and the horror of torture and punishment. To a certain degree, the film devotes a substantial amount of screen time to these gory details to imprint the sensorial shock of how human beings are reduced by other human beings to animals, and  power is in fact built upon the act of animalising other human beings. In this light, Triad Election is not an allegory of any particular political situation or position, but the horrific sight of trauma that puts human politics into operation.