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Hong Kong, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Regional Focus)

Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak

Taking its place besides the classic John Woo and Tsuik Hark Hong Kong action films of the 80s and 90s, Infernal Affairs is as hard boiled and relentless as they come. Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) is an undercover cop working with the triads, recruited before he graduated from the police academy. Ming (Andy Lau) works for the triads and is a mole in the police force. Both men feel trapped by their secret lives and wish to escape their own personal hells. When a drug bust goes awry, both men realise there is a traitor in their midst and a cat-and-mouse game begins, as each man searches for his undercover counterpart before his own identity is exposed.

Winner of seven Hong Kong Film Awards, including best film, and an enormous box office success in its home country, Infernal Affairs features a who's who of Hong Kong's filmmaking elite, including stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai (In the Mood for Love), Andy Lau (Full Time Killer) and Anthony Wong (Time and Tide, MIFF 2001), directors Andrew Lau (Storm Riders) and Alan Mak, who is widely considered as one of Hong Kong's most promising young directors.

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