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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.

Directors:

Wai-Keung Lau (as Andrew Lau), Alan Mak

Writers:

Alan Mak, Felix Chong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Inspector Lau Kin Ming
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chen Wing Yan (as Tony Leung)
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... SP Wong Chi Shing (as Anthony Wong)
Eric Tsang ... Hon Sam
Kelly Chen ... Dr. Lee Sum Yee
Sammi Cheng ... Mary
Edison Chen ... Young Lau Kin Ming
Shawn Yue ... Young Chan Wing Yan
Elva Hsiao ... May
Chapman To ... Tsui Wai-keung
Ka Tung Lam ... Inspector B (as Lam Ka Tung)
Ting Yip Ng ... Inspector Cheung (as Ng Ting Yip)
Dion Lam Dion Lam ... Del Piero
Chi Keung Wan Chi Keung Wan ... Officer Leung (as Wan Chi Keung)
Hui Kam Fung 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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Thai

Release Date:

12 December 2002 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Infernal Affairs See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Martin Scorsese, director of The Departed (2006), claims he was unaware that his film was a remake of this one during filming. See more »

Goofs

When Lau goes to listen to the "sampler" CD that's been dropped off for him, he presses the button on the player and we see the CD drawer close twice - first in the long-shot, and then in a close-up that starts from a fully-open position on the drawer. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lee Sum Yee: I'll dream of you, Officer Yan.
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Connections

Referenced in Badges of Fury (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Forgotten Time
Composed by Chen Hong Ming
Lyrics by Chen Hong Ming
Performed by Tsai Chin
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I like it better than Martin Scorscese's remake:
28 February 2007 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee 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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