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Infernal Affairs II 2003

4.2 out of 5 stars (10) IMDb 7.4/10

In this complex prequel to Infernal Affairs the local triad boss is murdered and gang war seems imminent. But his son calms things down. Then his half-brother is recruited by the police to work undercover, while a corrupt cop works another gang.

Starring:
Anthony Wong, Anthony Wong
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, International
Director Andy Lau, Alan Mak
Starring Anthony Wong, Anthony Wong
Studio Palisades Tartan
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
Infernal Affairs II is one prequel you definitely shouldn't see before the original - so much of the interest comes from spotting throwaway details that assume more importance in the original film, and the character revelations are far more fascinating if you've seen the original. Take the opening monologue: standard enough - until you see who it is that Inspector Wong is opening up to: what we know about their eventual fates and the implications it has about their relationship is far more intriguing than if you choose this outing as you starting point.

With no Andy Lau or Tony Leung this time round, their younger selves played by the lacklustre Shawn Yue and Edison Chen are sidelined in favor of their superiors. It's a wise decision: Tsang and Francis Ng are superb, although curiously Anthony Wong isn't as good as in the original in a more expansive and more morally compromised role. The first half hour is awkward, but the deferred violence following the death of the local triad boss is well handled and the film fires into life with some genuinely great filmmaking once the consequences start catching up with the various characters.

The influence here is clearly the Godfather films, but whereas Godfather II was ultimately just a typical sequel exercise in underlining and escalation, this back story really does add layers to the original, with Eric Tsang becoming a genuinely tragic figure in his final scene. Where Godfather II tended to use history merely as a backdrop, here the handover of Hong Kong becomes an integral part of the film.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Infernal Affairs II is one prequel you definitely shouldn't see before the original - so much of the interest comes from spotting throwaway details that assume more importance in the original film, and the character revelations are far more fascinating if you've seen the original. Take the opening monologue: standard enough - until you see who it is that Inspector Wong is opening up to: what we know about their eventual fates and the implications it has about their relationship is far more intriguing than if you choose this outing as you starting point.

With no Andy Lau or Tony Leung this time round, their younger selves played by the lacklustre Shawn Yue and Edison Chen are sidelined in favor of their superiors. It's a wise decision: Tsang and Francis Ng are superb, although curiously Anthony Wong isn't as good as in the original in a more expansive and more morally compromised role. The first half hour is awkward, but the deferred violence following the death of the local triad boss is well handled and the film fires into life with some genuinely great filmmaking once the consequences start catching up with the various characters.

The influence here is clearly the Godfather films, but whereas Godfather II was ultimately just a typical sequel exercise in underlining and escalation, this back story really does add layers to the original, with Eric Tsang becoming a genuinely tragic figure in his final scene. Where Godfather II tended to use history merely as a backdrop, here the handover of Hong Kong becomes an integral part of the film. The final montage of power being handed over from one nation to another, as police badges are replaced alongside criminals photos on the wall carries real weight and substance: it's what the film is all about - the loss of authority and the gaining of power, given the feeling of a requiem rather than a triumph by Chan Kwong Wing's eloquent score. Not as good as the original, true, but still very impressive indeed.
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By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD
After being blown away by Infernal Affairs I was a little wary when this prequel was rushed out so soon after the first movie, especially when I learnt that the two leads (the excellent Andy Lau and Tony Leung) would not be returning. However, Infernal Affairs II proved to be almost as enjoyable as the first film.
The film takes place ten or so years before the events of the first film and the focus is not so much on the triad and police moles as it is on the history of the relationship between Anthony Wong's police chief and Francis Ng's triad boss. Francis Ng, in particular, delivers a superb performance as events conspire to turn him from an affable gang member to brutal gang leader. With the news that a third Infernal Affairs movie has been shot, it would seem that the directors are trying to make a Far Eastern trilogy to rival the Godfather. On the evidence so far, they might just manage it.
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I just watched this last night - I have to say I was a little confused regarding what was going on and remembering who was who took a great deal of effort, but it eventually paid off and I got it....at least I think I got it. To get the most out of this installment, it's probably best to watch the original first. Plenty of good stuff to be had here, but it just wasn't as clear or as tense as the original. For me anyway.
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Having acquired the first film out of pure chance I was surprised with just how great it was. I was a little precautius about a second film because they usually only ruin the firsts good name. This film does the first one justice and more. The acting is just as good as the first, the music is excellent and the storyline not ripped off from the first one. I'm glad it felt like a whole new expierience to watch. It was interesting to see Sam and Wong's characters interaction in this one opposed to the last one. I hope Infernal Affairs 3 nicely rounds off the trilogy and can keep the good name running.
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