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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Inspector Lau Kin Ming
... Chen Wing Yan (as Tony Leung)
... SP Wong Chi Shing (as Anthony Wong)
... Hon Sam
... Dr. Lee Sum Yee
... Mary
... Young Lau Kin Ming
... Young Chan Wing Yan
... May
... Tsui Wai-keung
... Inspector B (as Lam Ka Tung)
... Inspector Cheung (as Ng Ting Yip)
Dion Lam ... Del Piero
Chi Keung Wan ... Officer Leung (as Wan Chi Keung)
Hui Kam Fung ... Cadet School Principal
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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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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,428,966 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,680, 26 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$169,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,708,932, 21 October 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yan and SP Wong briefly enter a stairwell before Wong takes the elevator. The number "4" is visible on the far wall, which is bad luck in China and Hong Kong as has been mentioned before. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lau Kin Ming: [raising his hands to police officers] I'm a cop.
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Connections

Spoofed in Chun tian hua hua tong xue hui (2006) 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 Kwok-Leung Chan
O.P. BMG Music Publishing Hong Kong, Ltd./Catchy Music Publishing, Ltd.
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I like it better than Martin Scorscese's remake:
28 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

After I enjoyed Martin Scorcese's "The Departed, I decided to watch the film that inspired the celebrated director to re-make it and move the action from Hong Kong to Boston, MA, USA. I must say that I liked the original movie better: 50 minutes shorter than Scorcese's magnificent remake, "Infernal Affairs" is tighter, faster, more compelling and tells the same story better. It does not have a grand acting Jack Nicholson who basically plays Daryl Van Horne with the attitude and "Infernal Affairs" characters don't talk and don't curse as much as they do in "The Departed" but the Hong Kong's movie only benefits from it. As much as I admire Leonardo DiCaprio as Bill Castigan, Tony Leung (Yan) in his role is simply unforgettable.


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