Infernal Affairs II
|Infernal Affairs II|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Lau
|Produced by||Andrew Lau|
|Written by||Felix Chong
|Music by||Chan Kwong-wing|
Ng Man Ching
|Edited by||Danny Pang
|Distributed by||Hong Kong:
Media Asia Distribution
The Weinstein Company (DVD)
Dragon Dynasty (DVD)
|Running time||119 minutes|
|Infernal Affairs II|
It is a prequel to the 2002 film Infernal Affairs. Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, and Chapman To reprise their roles from the original film alongside new cast members Carina Lau, Francis Ng, Hu Jun and Roy Cheung. Neither Andy Lau nor Tony Leung, who played the central roles in the original, appear in the film, as they are replaced by the younger versions played by Chen and Yue, respectively. The events of the film take place from 1991 to 1997.
In 1991, Hong Kong police inspector Wong Chi-shing (Anthony Wong) meets with his informant, Hon Sam (Eric Tsang), while Lau Kin-ming (Edison Chen), Hon's prospective mole within the Hong Kong Police Force, assassinates Hon's triad boss, Ngai Kwun. Lau is later greeted by Hon's wife, Mary (Carina Lau), who casually ascertains whether he has any reservations about his mission for Hon. While giving him cash, Mary advises Lau to maintain a low profile. She also confesses that she was the person who ordered the hit on Ngai Kwun, admitting that Hon has no knowledge of this transgression and urges Lau to remain silent. Mary wants Hon to replace Ngai Kwun as the triad boss.
Meanwhile, instructors at the police academy discover that Chan Wing-yan (Shawn Yue), a promising but troubled cadet, is the half-brother to Ngai Kwun's heir, Ngai Wing-hau (Francis Ng); he is subsequently discharged from the force. Chan is later approached by Wong, who asks him why he wants to be a cop; Chan replies, "I want to be a good guy." Wong subsequently makes Chan into an undercover agent for the police, sending him to prison to get close to one of Hon's henchmen, "Crazy" Keung (Chapman To). Meanwhile, Ngai Wing-hau takes his late father's place as triad boss; he is the only Ngai child directly involved in the family business. With Ngai dead, four other triad bosses, known as the "Big Four", dismiss Ngai and debate on whether to pay their tithe to his family. However, Ngai blackmails with his knowledge of their mutual betrayals. Hon acts as an agent provocateur for Ngai in this affair.
By 1995, Chan has become a small-time gangster while Lau rises as a rookie cop. Chan's continual association with Hon and Ngai causes his girlfriend to have an abortion because she does not want their child to follow in Chan's footsteps. Ngai wishes the troubled Chan to be integrated into the Ngai family and invites him to his daughter's birthday party, where he announces that he is retiring to Hawaii and is dividing his former business amongst the Big Four, also giving Hon the Thai cocaine racket. Meanwhile, Hon leaks information about criminal dealings to Lau, who is able to apprehend many local gangsters and earn a promotion in rank.
During Ngai's next drug deal, a Morse code message from Chan tips off the police about an abrupt change of plans for the meeting, allowing the kingpin to be arrested. However, a videotape found in Ngai's suitcase reveals that Wong conspired with Mary to have Ngai Kwun killed, giving the triad leverage over the police. As he is being taken in for questioning, Ngai initiates his plan for vengeance against his father's murderers: the Big Four are killed by Ngai's men; an ambush awaits Hon in Thailand; and an assassin edges towards Mary. Mary manages to escape danger with help from Lau and Keung, but is betrayed by Lau when she rejects his romantic feelings toward her. She is run over by Ngai's henchmen at Kai Tak Airport.
In 1997, Lau is picked as one of the officers to preside over the ceremony signifying Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China. Ngai attempts to enter politics, but his support disintegrates after Hon betrays him to the police. Wong brings Hon back to Hong Kong under witness protection, but Ngai manages to kidnap his family in retribution. However, during the confrontation between Ngai and Hon, it is revealed that Hon's Thai associates are also holding Ngai's family hostage in Hawaii and that the woman being held hostage is a decoy. Wong arrives with a task force and guns down Ngai, who dies in Chan's arms. Moments before succumbing to his wound, Ngai discovers the wire in Chan's jacket and realizes that his half-brother is an undercover cop.
Hon's tactics against Ngai lead to a falling out between him and Wong; shortly after their final meeting, Ngai's entire family is murdered. The pieces are set in place for the first film: Hon goes down the dark path of replacing Ngai as the main triad boss, becoming Wong's new foe; Lau is a police inspector and Hon's mole; Chan is forced to remain undercover, returning to join Hon's triad. As the handover ceremony takes place, Hon sheds tears over the loss of Mary before hosting a party. Back at police headquarters, Lau handles a case involving a young woman, coincidentally also called Mary, who becomes his wife in Infernal Affairs.
- Anthony Wong as Wong Chi-shing (黃志誠; Wong Chi Shing), a police inspector who aims to take down the Ngai family triad.
- Eric Tsang as Hon Sam (韓琛; Hon Sum), a member of Ngai's triad.
- Carina Lau as Mary, Hon Sam's wife.
- Francis Ng as Ngai Wing-hau (倪永孝; Ni Wing Hao), the boss of the Ngai family triad.
- Edison Chen as Lau Kin-ming (劉健明; Lau Kin Ming), Hon Sam's mole in the police force.
- Shawn Yue as Chan Wing-yan (陳永仁; Chan Wing Yan), Ngai Wing-hau's half-brother and an undercover cop.
- Hu Jun as Luk Kai-cheung (陸啟昌; Luk kai Chung), a police superintendent who is Wong's close friend and partner.
- Joe Cheung as Ngai Kwun (倪坤; Ni Kun), Ngai Wing-hau's father who was assassinated by Lau.
- Henry Fong as Gandhi (甘地; Gandi), one of the Big Four.
- Peter Ngor as Negro (黑鬼; Black Ghost), one of the Big Four.
- Arthur Wong as Kwok-wah (國華; Kwok Wa), one of the Big Four.
- Teddy Chan as Man-ching (文拯; Man cheng), one of the Big Four.
- Chiu Chung-yu as Mary, the girl Lau meets in the police station at the end of the film.
- Phorjeat Keanpetch as Sunny, the Thai drug lord who tried to kill Hon Sam.
- Ye Shipin as socialite at 1997 party
- Tay Ping Hui as Ngai Wing-hau's lawyer
- Roy Cheung as Law Kai-yin (羅繼賢; Law kai Yin), an undercover cop in Ngai's triad.
- Liu Kai-chi as Uncle John (三叔; Uncle Third), Ngai Kwun's younger brother.
- Chapman To as "Crazy" Keung (傻強; Silly Keung), Chan's friend and fellow triad member.
- Hui Kam-fung as principal of police cadet school
- Alexander Chan as Ngai Wing-yee (倪永義; Ni Wing Yi), Ngai Wing-hau's elder brother.
- Andrew Lin as Ngai Wing-chung (倪永忠; Ni Wing Chung), Ngai Wing-hau's younger brother.
- Kara Hui as Ngai Wing-hau's elder sister
- Wan Chi-keung as Superintendent Leung (梁Sir; Leung Sir), Wong's superior.
- Chan Charoenwichai as Paul, the Thai drug dealer who became friends with Hon Sam.
The film's score was composed by Chan Kwong-wing. The theme song, Eternal Realm (長空; Changkong), was composed by Wong Ka-keung, lyrics provided by Wong and Yip Sai-wing, and performed by the band Beyond.
The film was highly anticipated prior to its release due to the success achieved by Infernal Affairs. However, the general response to the film was mixed.
The film grossed HK$24,919,376 — big by 2003 Hong Kong standards, but only about half of the original's earnings.
Although Infernal Affairs II earned twelve nominations for the 2003 Hong Kong Film Awards, it could not match its predecessor's success. The film won only one award, Best Original Film Song, for the song "長空" (performed by Cantopop band Beyond). The film won the Best Film award at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.
- Won: Best Original Film Song (Wong Ka Keung, Yip Sai Wing, Beyond)
- Nominated: Best Film (Andrew Lau)
- Nominated: Best Director (Andrew Lau, Mak Siu-fai)
- Nominated: Best Screenplay (Mak Siu-fai, Chong Man-keung)
- Nominated: Best Actor (Francis Ng)
- Nominated: Best Actress (Carina Lau)
- Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Chapman To)
- Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Liu Kai-chi)
- Nominated: Best Cinematography (Andrew Lau, Ng Man-ching)
- Nominated: Best Editing (Curran Pang, Danny Pang)
- Nominated: Best Original Film Score (Chan Kwong-wing)
- Nominated: Best Sound Effects (Kinson Tsang)
- Won: Best Film
- Infernal Affairs
- Infernal Affairs III
- List of films set in Hong Kong
- List of Hong Kong films
- List of Dragon Dynasty releases
- Official website (dead)
- Official site on Miramax
- Infernal Affairs II at the Internet Movie Database
- Infernal Affairs II at AllMovie
- Infernal Affairs II at Rotten Tomatoes
|Awards and achievements|
Chinese Odyssey 2002
|Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Film
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