Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates a triad, and a police officer secretly working for the same gang. The Chinese title means "The Unceasing Path", a reference to Avici, the lowest level of hell in Buddhism, where one endures suffering incessantly. The English title is a word play combining the law enforcement term "internal affairs" with the adjective "infernal". Due to its commercial and critical success, Infernal Affairs was followed by a prequel, Infernal Affairs II, and a sequel, Infernal Affairs III, both released in 2003.
SP Wong: Let me tell you a story. Two men need an organ transplant, but there's only one organ. So they play a game. They each put a card in their pocket. Whoever can guess the other's card wins the organ.
Sam: You know I can see your card.
SP Wong: I see yours as well.
Lau Kin Ming: I have no choice before, but now I want to turn over a new leaf.
Chan Wing Yan: Good. Try telling that to the judge; see what he has to say.
Lau Kin Ming: You want me dead?
Chan Wing Yan: Sorry, I'm a cop
Lau Kin Ming: Who knows that?
Mary: I can't finish the novel, I don't know whether he's good or bad.
|Release Date||12 December 2002|
|Other Names||Infernal Affairs|
|Tagline||Loyalty. Honor. Betrayal.|
|Genre||Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller|
|Language||Cantonese, English, Thai|
|Sound Mix||Dolby Digital|
|Color||Black and White, Color|
|Film Class||Gangster Film, Police Drama|
|Themes||Faltering Friendships, Police Corruption, Going Undercover, Triad, Double Life|
|Tones||Menacing, Stylized, Confrontational, Slick, Gritty, Tense|