Infernal Affairs (無間道) 2002
True Hongkongers will be familiar with this film series, regardless of whether or not they’ve actually seen the film. Internal Affairs tells the interlinked stories of Chan Wing-yan (Andy Lau), an undercover triad member posing as a police officer, and Lau Kin-ming (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), an undercover police officer posing as a triad member. Both characters were recruited and sent to their opposition ‘camps’ as undercover agents at a young age, as an effort from both sides to get an advantage over the other. However, the existence of both spies eventually becomes apparent upon a botched drug deal, and the plot subsequently climaxes into a full-blown psychological mole-hunt as a result.
If the movie’s two sequels, hit karaoke song, and the Hollywood remake (The Departed) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon can’t convince you of the significant impact this film franchise has made, we don’t know what will.