Mou gaan dou (Infernal Affairs)
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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 Superintendent Wong (Anthony Wong of Hard-Boiled) as an undercover operative. Just as Ming… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything you'd want in a police action thriller: powerhouse performances, Grade A production values, a good script and suspenseful direction."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A beautifully crafted, exciting story that keeps on surprising you to the very end."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Seductively shot and beautifully acted, this is like a summation film, bringing together all the themes, motifs, mood, and style of the gritty policier Hong Kong thriller, one that will make John Woo and Michael Mann proud."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ultimately quiet tepid."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Potboiler Hong Kong cop drama with a fairly interesting plot about moral dilemmas and mixed allegiances."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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."
‑ Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune
"This is what movies are supposed to feel like -- provocative, exciting, chilling, complex and fully engaging."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This intense, explosive Hong Kong thriller ushers in a new era of hyper-intelligent action."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Um inteligente drama policial que se preocupa mais com o desenvolvimento de seus personagens (e com as relações entre estes) do que com tiroteios e reviravoltas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Solid character-centric piece that's more interested in psychology than in gritty action sequences."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"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?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Skilfully directed by cinematographer Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Infernal Affairs has the feel of a made-for-prime-time U.S. police thriller."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"well-written, well-directed and well-acted genre film"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"Far too light on action to be very exciting, and far too generic and familiar to be genuinely intriguing, Infernal Affairsis ultimately a forgettable affair."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"...has an intensity usually reserved for Greek tragedy."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
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