Tartan Asia Extreme distributed some of the most important Asian cinema titles in the 2000's, and some of their DVDs are now available on the Terracotta store.
Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's masterpiece, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, is a tense thriller featuring Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Tony Leung. The film follows the parallel lives of Ming (Lau), a cop who secretly reports to ruthless Triad crime boss Sam (Eric Tsang); and Yan (Leung), an undercover police officer who poses as a Triad member in Sam's gang.
For Yan, the years of living in the criminal underworld have taken their toll, and he longs to return to regular police duty. However, the only person who knows Yan's true identity is his mentor Superintendent Wong (Anthony Wong), also the unsuspecting superior of Ming. When Wong's officers come face to face with Sam's gang, both leaders realise there are moles in their midst. Soon Yan and Ming must track each other down, leading to an inevitable confrontation.
Unlike many contemporary Hong Kong films, INFERNAL AFFAIRS steers clear of over-the-top action in favour of a more stylised and subdued story that builds on emotional and psychological tension. Leung is riveting as the undercover cop who desperately wants a normal life, while Lau instils his corrupt character with confidence and charm that mask his deep inner conflict.
These two stellar turns are ably supported by veteran actors Wong and Tsang, along with Sammi Cheng and Kelly Chen. A huge blockbuster in Asia, INFERNAL AFFAIRS is a landmark of Hong Kong cinema that got remade by Martin Scorsese as THE DEPARTURE.
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Cast: Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Sammi Cheng, Kelly Chen, Eric Tsang
Genre: Action Thriller
Language: Cantonese (with English subtitles)
Country: Hong Kong
Runtime: 101 minutes