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Infernal Affairs (2002)
"Mou gaan dou" (original title)

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A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

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Chen Wing Yan (as Tony Leung)
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SP Wong Chi Shing (as Anthony Wong)
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Officer Leung (as Wan Chi Keung)
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Storyline

Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming, respectively, race against time to expose the mole within their midst. Written by Aya

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". . . choose how to live the rest of your life.: Inspector Lau Min Ming See more »


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Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$179,789 (Japan) (24 October 2003)

Gross:

$89,594 (USA) (15 October 2004)
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Trivia

The English title is a play on words mixing Ming's job in the IA, the infernal nature of both characters' double lives, and finally Dante's Inferno, relating to the original Cantonese title. See more »

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Changes in the time on the clock in the living room when the cop is listening to the CD that's been dropped off for him. See more »

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Sam: What thousands must die, so that Caesar may become the great.
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References Men in Black II (2002) See more »

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Infernal Affairs
Composed & Arranged by Ronald Ng
Performed by Andy Lau and Tony Chiu Wai Leung (as Tony Leung)
Produced by Ronald Ng and Jacky Chan
O.P. BMG Music Publishing Hong Kong, Ltd./Catchy Music Publishing, Ltd.
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The Spirit of the time
4 December 2004 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

I looked over a squad of reviews and was sad not to see anyone writing from Hong Kong. So I am putting in my piece.

Hong Kong movies have changed a lot in the last decade and when Infernal Affairs came out it was a real change. I noted 'Golden Chicken' was mentioned earlier, and that sums up many of the lame comedies that have recently been churned out. However the comedy is a large part of Hong Kong cinema, as is the gangster genre.

Infernal Affairs breaks with the comedy, keeps the gangsters (lau being a first class clean cut one - whilst Leung acts a remarkable strained police officer) and adds clever and intelligent tension. The acting is first class, as is the mood that truly captures the zeitgeist.

This movie is about the two characters and their similarities and moral obstacles. It also has something subtle to say.

This film was huge news in Hong Kong and the mainland. It is an important Hong Kong film.

The US remake will be more clichéd than you can imagine. This film will translate, it is not that original, no. But it has substance and mood that is valuable.

See it.


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