#35 / 365 – ‘Infernal Affairs’ (2002) – 101 mins
IMDb Challenge #20 / 250 – Ranked #232 – Via Sky Movies
Chan Wing Yan (Tony Leung), a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau), 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.
I’ll admit it – the first time I heard of “Infernal Affairs” was just before I watched the 2006 Martin Scorsese directed re-make “The Departed” which is nearly a carbon copy of this original.
Infernal Affairs is, quite simply, a fantastic Japanese crime drama, where the plot plays out like an intricate game of chess whilst your waiting both ‘moles’ to play the winning move, it’s also very stylish to look at with some great slanting camera shots. The film went on to spawn two sequels – and on this first viewing evidence they will definitely be on my too watch list.