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November 07, 2005

ELECTION IS A HIT

Johnnie To's ELECTION has held the number 2 place over the weekendJohnnie To's ELECTION has held the number 2 place over the weekend at the Hong Kong box office, and it's now approaching the HK$15 million marker, the official demarcation line for a hit in Hong Kong. This is completely unheard of for a violent, dark movie starring Tony Leung Kar-fai and Simon Yam (most HK hits of late have starred Andy Lau or one of the hot young things of today, like Shawn Yue or Jay Chou). The fact that ELECTION is also Category III, which is basically as restrictive as an NC-17 with all the respect of an X, makes this the first of its kind as far as I know. With ELECTION 2 already in production, ELECTION is the new INFERNAL AFFAIRS.

Johnnie To is still Johnnie To, however, and he's still administering verbal slap-downs to everyone in Hong Kong whom he thinks has gotten too big for their britches. This week's victims? Andy Lau, Jordan Chan and sycophantic managers.

On a smaller note, Soi Cheang's Shu Qi/Karena Lam horror mommies flick, HOME SWEET HOME, has now made HK$3.8 million after 11 days, in contrast to Soi Cheang's last movie, LOVE BATTLEFIELD, which had made about half that in 11 days.

(Thanks to Hong Kong Entertainment News in Review)

November 7, 2005 at 09:17 AM in News | Permalink

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