Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs) (2002)

Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs)



Critic Consensus: Smart and engrossing, this is one of Hong Kong's better cop thrillers.

Movie Info

As Infernal Affairs opens, Ming (Andy Lau of Full-time Killer) is being initiated into the criminal underworld by triad boss Sam (Eric Tsang of The Accidental Spy), who ends his speech to his young charges by wishing them success in the police department. Ming enters the police academy, where he excels, but sees his classmate, Yan (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai of In the Mood for Love), expelled for "breaking the rules." It turns out that Yan wasn't actually drummed out of the force, but recruited by … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alan Mak, Felix Chong
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On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
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as Chan Wing Yan

as Lau Kin Ming

as Superintendent Wong

as Keung

as Insp. B

as Dr. Lee Sum Lee

as Insp. Cheung

as Young Yan

as Officer Leung

as Young Ming

as Inspector B

as Inspector Cheung

as Del Piero

as Suspect

as Stereo Shop Owner

as Superintendent Wong
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Critic Reviews for Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs)

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (24)

Everything you'd want in a police action thriller: powerhouse performances, Grade A production values, a good script and suspenseful direction.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Beauty in its consistent, washed-out blues and silvers, grace in its understated, intense male performances and energy in its unyielding commitment to tone and tension.

Full Review… | December 24, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

What makes it special is the inner turmoil caused by living a lie. If everyone you know and everything you do for 10 years indicates you are one kind of person, and you know you are another, how do you live with that?

Full Review… | December 24, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A beautifully crafted, exciting story that keeps on surprising you to the very end.

Full Review… | December 2, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This is what movies are supposed to feel like -- provocative, exciting, chilling, complex and fully engaging.

November 29, 2004
Detroit News
Top Critic

Skilfully directed by cinematographer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Infernal Affairs has the feel of a made-for-prime-time U.S. police thriller.

Full Review… | November 27, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs)

A very smart and taut thriller that prefers to focus on its characters and the relationship between them instead of jumping into action, shootings and twists as usually expected to be seen in this kind of crime movie.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An explosive crime-thriller. It's Heat meets Resivor dogs. Sets new standards for the cops and criminals genre. It's superb and magnificent. A tense, gritty and remarkable film in every way. It`s stylish, excellent, thrilling and unforgettable. A riveting, brilliant and absolutely sensational movie that packs pure suspense and surprises. A powerful and extraordinary piece of work. Awesomely entertaining. An incredible adrenaline-rush that wont quit and is packed with blistering action and amazing twist and turns. A stunning, deeply moving, surprisingly effective and breathtaking. This is where The Departed was found. A Hong Kong classic. Andy Lau and Tony Leung give outstanding performances. A knockout that has great charisma and a theme that's all its own

Al S

Super Reviewer


Two cops face off against each other in a race against time to discover their respective identities; one honest, working within a drug runner's gang and the other corrupt, working for the criminals. The inspiration for The Departed, this is one of the seminal Asian crime dramas of the last few years. Well, ever, in fact. My main problem with it is that I REALLY wish I'd seen it first. The difference between this and The Departed highlights the difference between HK and US movie-making in general; The Departed was full of colourful language, brutal violence and macho posturing, while this is a far more understated affair. Unfortunately this means it is far more reliant on the twists and turns of the very cleverly written plot, and so anyone who has seen The Departed already will know what's going to happen in advance. If viewed the other way round, one can still enjoy Scorsese's reinterpretation of events with his colourful and characterful fleshing out of the story. It is a quality piece of film-making, but I would seriously suggest to anyone who has seen neither to go for this one first.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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