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Eye In The Sky Review


Excellent
They say the Hong Kong film industry has lost a lot of steam in recent years, and I tend to agree. Lately it seems that all the movies being released there are either dim-witted comedies about shopping and/or breast implants or by-the-numbers police procedurals with rogue cops using forbidden tactics to go after evil triad bosses. Cue the shoot-out in the floating Chinese restaurant. Yawn.

This sad reality makes Eye in the Sky a really welcome breath of fresh air. Yes, it's a police procedural, but it has none of the usual trappings. We simply follow along as a rough-and-tumble undercover surveillance unit uses a mix of old-fashioned street smarts and modern technology to try to catch a group of brazen jewelry store thieves whose well-planned midday assaults are terrorizing the city.

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Election (2005) Review


Very Good
Election plunges us so deep into the tangled world of powerful Hong Kong triads that it takes a second film, Triad Election (made a year later), to fully untangle all the intrigue. Fear not, however. Both films can be enjoyed independently, but together they comprise a minor epic of gansterdom that might impress even Coppola.

These hoodlums aren't what you'd expect. The Wo Shing Society actually runs under a form of democratic rule in which a new leader is elected every two years. The campaigns can be a bit rough, but the idea is to keep cool heads and transfer power with a minimum of fuss and violence.

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