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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:

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

Writers:

Alan Mak, Felix Chong
23 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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:

Loyalty. Honor. Betrayal. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The hi-fi shop scene was later recreated with additions of excerpts of the film to encourage businesses to join the Quality Tourism Services Scheme in Hong Kong. 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

Chan Wing Yan: In a word: excellent.
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Alternate Versions

For the Chinese version an alternate ("politically correct") ending was used. In it, Lau gets arrested when he leaves the elevator. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Micmacs (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Forgotten Time
Composed by Chen Hong Ming
Lyrics by Chen Hong Ming
Performed by Tsai Chin
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This original surpasses Hollywood's knock-off "The Departed"
22 October 2006 | by egodraconisSee all my reviews

I ran across this movie some time ago on Netflix, and the description intrigued me. While I am not always one for subtitled films, I did not find it to be a distraction with his movie because the plot captivated me.

As many of you are aware, this movie was remade by Hollywood and released in 2006 under the name "The Departed" where it has been treated by the media as such a "fabulous" and "innovative" storyline. None of them bothered to discover that "The Departed" was a remake of this movie.

Happily, some of the classic lines such as chopping one up and feeding him to the poor survived the Hollywood chopping block, but the fabulous method of communicating secretly via Morse Code did not make the transition from Hong Kong to Hollywood.

My suggestion: if you loved this original, then do not disappoint yourself watching the Hollywood remake.


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