Miramax Films | Release Date: September 24, 2004
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TerryApr 30, 2007
I liked this one better. People don't realize that the Departed is a remake of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. The Departed does take sources from IA 2 and 3. To say that this movie is a rough draft of Departed is downright insulting. I liked this one better. People don't realize that the Departed is a remake of the Infernal Affairs trilogy. The Departed does take sources from IA 2 and 3. To say that this movie is a rough draft of Departed is downright insulting. WIthout this movie, there goes the Departed as well as Scorsese's career. This movie is much better. The characters are more interesting and this film has more soul than the American counterpart. A much better thriller overall. Collapse
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grandpajoe6191Sep 22, 2011
A artistically bizarre, action packed movie that has the untouchable tension between its characters. In my opinion, "Internal Affairs" is better than the American version of the movie, "The Departed".
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BurnsFeb 27, 2007
Excellent! Pity it got a pathetic carbon copy.
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JDavisApr 8, 2006
The first half of the movie introduces the characters and builds a strong plot, while the second half of the movie is a rollercoaster fulls of twists and suprises.
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CongaT.Oct 6, 2006
A masterpiece of storyline, cinematography and characterization. A bit of overacting gives it not a perfect ten but nothing real is perfect in this life.
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ERG1008Aug 19, 2010
Undercover cop works as henchman for gangster, new man is brought in to Internal Affairs to find mole in Police Department, paths cross, deceit & a right hullabaloo.
Riveting thriller with an excellent story, brilliantly acted & played out.
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Undercover cop works as henchman for gangster, new man is brought in to Internal Affairs to find mole in Police Department, paths cross, deceit & a right hullabaloo.
Riveting thriller with an excellent story, brilliantly acted & played out.
I had seen The Departed (Western remake) before this so expected the twists & turns throughout but both films do stand-up in their own right.
Also really liked the Hong-Kong back drop in this & some really good cinematography.
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KilcoeAug 29, 2010
Probably the best Hong Kong film ever. A perfect combination of commercial and art.

And, being a Chinese, this film means so much to us. It revived the industry and set up a new set of standards there.

10 /10
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nutterjrSep 22, 2012
The film that got Scorsese his first Oscar is a remake of this wonderful film, a very perplex and masterfully weaved chess match of wit and ingenuity. The scenario deserves all possible accolades and the directing is very sharp indeed.
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avatar16Sep 16, 2011
Je savais que Les Infiltrés était le remake de cet Infernal Affairs, mais jamais je n'aurais pensé que le film de Martin Scorsese en était la copie conforme (la moindre scène aJe savais que Les Infiltrés était le remake de cet Infernal Affairs, mais jamais je n'aurais pensé que le film de Martin Scorsese en était la copie conforme (la moindre scène a été refaite dans le film américain). De ce fait, cela m'a paru bizarre de regarder ce film hongkongais. Mais heureusement, cela ne m'a pas empêcher d'admirer ce thriller à ça juste valeur! Entrainant, passionnant, haletant, mise en scène avec brio, des personnages interprétés avec talent... C'est sûr, je préfère légèrement Les Infiltrés, de part l'immense talent de Scorsese. Mais Infernal Affairs n'est pas à oublier de si tôt non plus! Expand
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edwadokunFeb 17, 2014
To compare the Departed with Infernal Affairs is insane. While the story is almost mirror, the style of direction and the cast could not be more night and day. Mainly because there are two different cultures at play here. The Chinese and theTo compare the Departed with Infernal Affairs is insane. While the story is almost mirror, the style of direction and the cast could not be more night and day. Mainly because there are two different cultures at play here. The Chinese and the U.S.

@DanB. Learn your history. Hong Kong was once a British colony and their entire judicial and law enforcement system is based on the British hence the bagpipes. HK is also an international hub so naturally there's a lot of English. While the majority of HK are Chinese people, they still hold do things the way the British taught them.
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BroyaxDec 28, 2016
ça fait je ne sais combien de fois que je les regarde, les revois et les revisionne et y a pas à tortiller : ces affaires internes sont bel et bien infernales et machiavéliquement écrites !

Un régal de finesse, de rebondissements habilement
ça fait je ne sais combien de fois que je les regarde, les revois et les revisionne et y a pas à tortiller : ces affaires internes sont bel et bien infernales et machiavéliquement écrites !

Un régal de finesse, de rebondissements habilement orchestrés et de doubles jeux dédoublés via les deux acteurs chinois les plus doués de leur génération : Andy Lau et Tony Leung !

La fin surprenante montre pourtant une absence de manichéisme (inutilement) réducteur et délivre à l'inverse les deux faces exactement opposées d'un même miroir, deux faces qui nous sont présentées tout au long du film. Ainsi, Infernal Affairs va plus loin que les gendarmes contre les voleurs et nous fait suivre deux parcours différents et deux personnalités qui ont bien plus de points communs qu'on ne le supposait.

La réalisation et le scénario intelligents nous font ressentir une forte empathie pour le flic et le criminel à la fois criminels et flics ballottés par un cruel et ironique destin. Admirable et remonté avec la précision d'une horloge suisse, ce polar déroule sans forcer et avec brio d'un bout à l'autre.
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