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Infernal Affairs II (2003)

Mou gaan dou II (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 October 2003 (Hong Kong)
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.

Directors:

Andrew Lau, Alan Mak

Writers:

Alan Mak, Felix Chong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... SP Wong Chi Shing (as Anthony Wong)
Eric Tsang ... Hon Sam
Carina Lau ... Mary Hon
Francis Ng ... Ngai Wing Hau
Edison Chen ... Officer Lau Kin Ming
Shawn Yue ... Chan Wing Yan
Jun Hu ... SP Luk
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ... Kwun (as Joe Cheung)
Henry Fong ... Gandhi (as Ping Fong)
Peter Ngor Peter Ngor ... Negro
Arthur Wong ... Wah
Teddy Chan ... Ching
Chung-yue Chiu Chung-yue Chiu ... Mary (as Yu Chiu)
Phorjeat Keanpetch Phorjeat Keanpetch ... Sunny
Say Ping Yap ... Socialites (as Shi Pin Ye)
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Storyline

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 PDD

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. We all climb towards heaven. We all fall towards hell. See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong | Singapore | China

Language:

Cantonese | English | Mandarin | Thai

Release Date:

1 October 2003 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Infernal Affairs II See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,244,410
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mary Hon is at the airport, having got out of the taxi and ignored the phone call, she is standing in front of a large blue sign. The sign indicates the direction to "Departure" and "Immigation". The second word should read "Immigration", with an "r". See more »

Quotes

Mary Hon: [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.
SP Wong: [on tape] So what? Want to blackmail me now?
Mary Hon: [on tape] I'm not blackmailing you. We simply passed the point of no return.
SP Wong: [on tape] I'll send everybody away then.
Ngai Wing-Hau: 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.
Ngai Wing-Hau: Officer Luk.
[points to videoscreen]
Ngai Wing-Hau: Isn't that a police officer...
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Infernal Affairs III (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

FORGIVE AND FORGET
Composed by Kwong Wing Chan
Lyrics by Gabor Gombai
Performed by Hungarian Choir
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Bloated, But Good
12 October 2003 | by NIXFLIX-DOT-COMSee all my reviews

INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2, the prequel to the popular film from 2002, is a bloated movie trying to make its way into "epic" status. The film runs almost 2 hours long, is at least 30 minutes too long, and too many characters are introduced, leaving the original two leads -- the two people the film is supposed to be "exploring" -- standing in the background with nothing much to do. One of the main character commits a murder in the beginning that sets off a gangland war, but other than that the two main characters could have been excised completely from the film.

In a nutshell, INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2 is THE GODFATHER 2, but with Chinese actors and triads instead of mafiosos. Narratively, the two films are identical, and the writers of IA 2 even re-uses elements and sequences made popular in that other film. It's not very hard to spot, but I guess we can count is as homage rather than theft. Perhaps.

In any rate, IA 2 is a good enough movie, but in truth, it really shouldn't have been called IA 2, or a prequel to the far superior INFERNAL AFFAIRS. As another movie entirely, without relations to INFERNAL AFFAIRS, IA 2 would have been quite a terrific film. But alas, it comes to us with baggage.

7 out of 10

(go to www.nixflix.com for a more detailed review of this film)


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