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Infernal Affairs

Mou gaan dou

Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
2002 - - 1h41

Screenings : saturday 27 - 8:30 pm - Grand Théâtre
Ten years ago, Yan and Ming were the top two students in the Hong Kong Police Academy. Today Ming is a mole for the Chinese mafia, officially working in the state police, and Yan is a police officer working undercover in the Triad. They have both had enough of constantly playing a role, and one day they each get a mission to track the other one down. However, they alone know their true identities.
With its success in the west, in part due to Martin Scorsese's 2006 remake The Departed, Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) was and still remains a way into Hong Kong cinema for a number of spectators. “Paradoxically, when you remember that the film comes 5 years after the handover in 1997, at a time when its effects can still be felt on the city and its cinema, (…) Infernal Affairs is not entirely a Hong Kong film, but is not a Chinese one either. It is a sort of embodiment of the famous formula ‘one country, two systems'." (Maud Gacel; Critikat) At the heart of the film there is Andy Lau, an actor/singer worshipped in Hong Kong, and Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who won the Best Actor award in Cannes for In the Mood for Love in 2000. Both appear as the two faces of the same character searching for redemption, destined to face and mutually destroy each other.

Cast : Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen
Screenplay : Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cinematography : Yiu-Fai Lai, Andrew Lau
Editing : Curran Pang, Danny Pang
Music : Kwong Wing Chan, Ronald Ng

Production : Media Asia Films, Basic Pictures

French distributor : The Jokers