Details: (M), 101 mins, Hong Kong, English
Synopsis: Detective Yan (Tony Leung) is a cop who has been assigned to undercover work inside the triad gang for so long that he's been able to rise through the ranks to a position of authority. Detective Ming (Andy Lau), meanwhile, is a secret member of the triads who has infiltrated the police force with an equal level of success. As they feed their bosses information on the plans and counter-plans of the organisations they pretend to serve, they both begin to feel the stresses of their double lives. They both become torn between their obligations to their superiors and the growing camaraderie they share with the foot soldiers around them. As the two organisations become increasingly aware of the moles in their midst, the race is on for Chan and Lau to try and get out of the game alive.
A superior crime thriller.
Lau and Chan both attended Hong Kong's police academy; Chan is chosen by a senior police officer to go undercover and to infiltrate the Triad gangs, while Lau IS a Triad operative working undercover inside the police force - so, there are two moles, neither one aware of the other's identity, involved in a ruthless battle of wits between the police and the drug-runners.
The screenplay for Infernal Affairs, by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, is a clever one; once you get past the slightly complicated opening scenes and you lock into the plot, you're kept on the edge of your seat by the tense and often unexpected ways in which this superior crime thriller develops.
A huge success in Hong Kong, the film, directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, never puts a foot wrong in the unravelling of its tense, tantalising scenario, and there are terrific lead performances by Tony Leung and Andy Lau as the two men living dangerous double lives. Watch for the Hollywood remake - I understand Brad Pitt's interested.
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