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  • Summary: A tightly wound thriller which centers on two Hong Kong police officers - one a gang mole on the force and the other an undercover cop in the gang - who share the same objectives and who find their destinies intertwined in this high-octane police actioner. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    Unfolds as a masterful chess match of wit and ingenuity, a cat-and-mouse chase of the highest order.
  2. The plot is intricate and tight. The preamble is a bit challenging to sort out. But the movie's engine is the relationships and the characters' inner lives, all of it boiling with emotional intensity.
  3. 88
    Throbs with action, suspense and a seductive rhythm all its own.
  4. 80
    A runaway hit in Hong Kong, this 2002 crime thriller reinvigorated the genre with its airtight script, taut editing, and sleek cinematography.
  5. 75
    Overflows with psychological intrigue, something often missing from such offerings.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    This is a real grabber.
  7. 40
    The directors, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, manage to convince us that we have witnessed an action movie, although in fact the quantity of violence is so minimal that, under Hong Kong law, Infernal Affairs barely qualifies as a motion picture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    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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  2. Aug 19, 2010
    9
    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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    9
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  4. Sep 16, 2011
    9
    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 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
  5. Feb 17, 2014
    9
    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 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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  6. Sep 22, 2012
    8
    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. Expand
  7. Sep 22, 2011
    8
    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". Collapse

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