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Infernal Affairs

Hong Kong 2002
produced by
Andy Lau for Basic Pictures, Media Asia
directed by Andrew Lau, Alan Mak (= Mak Siu-Fai)
starring Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Elva Hsiao, To Man-Chat, Lam Ka Tung, Ng Ting Yip
written by Alan Mak (= Mak Siu-Fai), Felix Chong, music by Chan Kwong Wing

Infernal Affairs

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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For 10 years now, cop Yan (Tony Leung  Chiu-Wai) has been working as an undercover agent inside the triads - which is totally ruining his life & which is why he tells superintendent Wong (Anthony Wong), the only man who knows his ture identity, he wants out ... but the superintendent tells him to do one more job ... give them sufficient information about a drugdeal between some Thais & Yan's triad boss Sam (Eric Tsang) to finally capture Sam & his whole gang.

Yan is of course on the job, but what nobody in the police force knows is that they have a mole in their midst as well, the ambitious cop Lau (Andy Lau). So the whole operation becomes a big game of cat-&-mouse when Lau gives Sam all the relevant informations & warning with state of the art communications equipment, while Yan gives his boss Wong the information via & old fashioned microphone & morsecode. The situation ends in a stalemate though when the gangsters, just in time beore the police arrives, can destroy the drugs (& with it the evidence) - hence no drugs, but also no arrests.

Now though, both sides are desperate to find the mole in their midst - & for some reason both sides think that Lau is the man for the job, so Lau has to not only find out the identity of Yan, but also works for internal affairs to find the mole inside the force - which incidentlyis himself.

Lau though has the good idea to have the superintendent - as mentioned, the only man who knows the identity of the undercover cop -, & almost, Sam'S men are able to capture Yan ... but as he escapes, if only just, they decide to torture his name out of the superintendent, & when he doesn't talk, throw him off the roof of a high building ...

Shocked by this development,  & by the fact that his colleagues inside the force hold him responsible for the superintendents death, Lau is no longer sure where his allegiances lie, & tries to establish contact with Yan on his own ... & when he gets the relevant information about hte next drugdeal, he mercilessly comes down on Sam's gang, & when he at this event, manages to catch Sam alone, shoots him in cold blood.

Lau has now become the pride of the force, & in his office he finds Yan, desperate to get his identity back ... to which Lau happily agrees, but then Yan finds evidence of Lau being the triad's mole, & flees the office with the evidence.

On a rooftop he meets up again with Lau, not only to get his identity back but also to hand him over to the authorities - if necessary at gunpoint. But when the 2 of them have almost come to an agreement, a fellow police officer guns down Yan in cold blood ... as it turns out he too was on Sam's payroll & wanted to save his colleague. Overcome by a mixture of shock, grief & righteousness, Lau shoots the officer, & on his request, Yan get's a hero's burial ...


A very fine cops-&-robbers thriller that doesn't rely on a simple good-vs-evil-cliché like your average American thriller does but ever so often blurs the thin line between the 2 extremes, leaving many points open to think about without ever becoming preachy or peposterous, & never forgetting to entertain the audience.

That this movie will be another victim of the American remake machine sounds like a terrible idea though, even though (or even because) the director will be Martin Scorsese.



review © by Mike Haberfelner


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