In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.
A near retired inspector and his unit are willing to put down a crime boss at all costs while dealing with a replacement inspector who is getting in their way. Meanwhile, the crime boss plots a killing spree on them.
In the prequel of Infernal Affairs. Chan Wing Yan has been expelled from police academy in cause of his relatives to the triad. Now SP Wong give him a chance to undercover the triad family controlled by his half brother Hau. Besides of Ming. He has been ordered to killed Hau father and infiltrated the police department. The story get complicated when Wong's related to Hau father's dead. The avenge is begin when Mary. Sam's wife is the hit order. Now everything is complicated and related Written by
In the scene where Ngai Wing-Hau's lawyer leaves the family claiming, "I'm not one of you" a copy of "Noble House", James Clavell's blockbuster novel about Hong Kong, can be seen on the bookshelf behind him. See more »
[SP Wong and Luk are watching a videotape Ngai Hau secretly recorded of Mary Hon and Wong]
Four years ago, you told me to kill Kwun.
So what? Want to blackmail me now?
I'm not blackmailing you. We simply passed the point of no return.
I'll send everybody away then.
I hired Alan and Johnson to investigate my father's murder. Who would've know? The police conspired to murder my father. A law-abiding citizen.
[points to videoscreen]
Isn't that a police officer...
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A loose prequel to 2002's hit Infernal Affairs, this goes back to the 1980s and '90s when the Hong Kong police force and the city's ruling triad sent undercover agents into each other's organisations.
Tony Leung and Andy Lau are missed as the supermoles (played here by young look-alikes) but directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak have something smart up their sleeves, shifting the emphasis of the story onto the able shoulders of the pair's world-weary veteran superiors. Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang are excellent as the morally compromised cop and likable but capable capo, ageing friends who understand they stand just over the line from each other.
A knowledge of the first film helps navigate the labyrinthine plots of the dizzying opening act but once it finds its pace, it's a slick, slow-burning thriller all the way marred only by the directors' occasional lapse into Godfather pretensions while the backdrop of 1997's hand-over of Hong Kong is effective shorthand for the huge changes taking place within the forces of both law and disorder.
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