Mou gaan dou   2002   Hong Kong Infernal Affairs
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Director:Siu Fai Mak, Wai-keung Lau
Studio:Media Asia Films
Writer:Siu Fai Mak, Felix Chong
IMDb Rating:8.1 (43,009 votes)
Awards:23 wins & 18 nominations
Duration:101 min
Siu Fai Mak, Wai-keung Lau  ...  (Director)
Siu Fai Mak, Felix Chong  ...  (Writer)
Andy Lau  ...  Inspector Lau Kin Ming
Tony Leung Chiu Wai  ...  Chan Wing Yan
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang  ...  SP Wong Chi Shing
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
Ting Yip Ng  ...  Inspector Cheung
Dion Lam  ...  Del Piero
Chi Keung Wan  ...  Officer Leung
Hui Kam Fung  ...  Cadet School Principal
Yiu-Fai Lai  ...  Cinematographer
Wai-keung Lau  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: With Infernal Affairs, Hong Kong filmmakers Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak have successfully taken a smart script and a great cast, added some stylistic cinematography, and dual-fistedly given a new twist to a formulaic genre. Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau), a young, loyal gangster, is ordered by his Triad boss Sam (Eric Tsang) to join the police force. While on the inside the young mole can keep a close eye on police activity, ensuring the gang's activities will not be interrupted. Police Superintendent Wong (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) has a similar plan. He takes a bright, ambitious police cadet Yan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and makes him an undercover cop with plans to get him inside the Triads. Years pass and both are now deep into their assigned roles. Undercover cop Yan, more or less living the life of a gangster, is now a member of Boss Sam's group, and "Officer" Lau has all the appearance of a good cop trying to bust up the Triads' drug ring. During a bust that could finally bring down Boss Sam, the moles inadvertently become aware of each other's existence, and each is left wondering who is on the inside. What follows is a unique and exciting twist on the classic cat and mouse chase in which each man is not fighting for his life, but for his anonymity. In addition to its plot twists, what lifts Infernal Affairs above the standard cop story is its subtle exploration of the relative nature of good and evil. Part action, part psychological examination, Infernal Affairs is a sharp and fresh take on the classic crime story, and the inspiration for a 2006 Martin Scorsese remake (The Departed). Not to be missed. --Rob Bracco

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