The gunplay I felt was missing in Election 2 (or, here in the States, Triad Election) is certainly in abundance here, but the movie is no more than its series of set pieces and cinematic 'technique'. The theme of friendship and methodical choreography during the fight scenes is reminiscent of some of the earlier works of John Woo (The Killer especially), except without the freshness or script-sense. Anthony Wong, one of my favorite character actors (I like to think of him as a Chinese Harry Dean Stanton), is very good as one of the contract killers.
Director: Johnny To
Year Released: 2006