Infernal Affairs, directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, is a stunning example of Hong Kong action cinema at its best. Based on a true story, this 2002 film featured an officer who infiltrates a violent gang and a mole from the same gang who joins the Hong Kong Police Force as they try to discover who has betrayed them.
The original movies that served as the basis for “The Departed” are being re-released on the big screen and they look better than ever.
Reason Why “Infernal Affairs” Is Better Than “The Departed”
That storyline should be recognizable to everyone who has watched “The Departed.” Although “Infernal Affairs” was remade into Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning Boston criminal thriller, the film has a far larger legacy. Additionally, it gave rise to two equally renowned sequels, “Infernal Affairs II” and “Infernal Affairs III,” making the film trilogy one of the most critically praised cinema trilogies of the century.
On September 16, Film at Lincoln Center will begin showing a new 4K restoration of the trilogy, enabling fans and newcomers to experience the film with stunning clarity. The new digital restorations used the original camera negatives and an ARRISCAN film scanner, while the revised score used the original digital audio master files.
Tony Leung and Andy Lau star in the thriller that revitalized Hong Kong’s film industry, launched a blockbuster series, and inspired Martin Scorsese‘s ‘The Departed.’ Two undercover moles—a police officer (Leung) tasked to infiltrate a brutal triad by acting as a gangster and a gangster who becomes a police officer to spy for the underworld—are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, each racing against time to expose the other.
“Infernal Affairs” explores the disturbing concerns of “what it means to live a double life, caught in a labyrinth of contradictory identities and allegiances, as changing loyalties, murky moral compromises, and lethal betrayals rise.”
The new 4K restorations of the “Infernal Affairs” trilogy are due to begin playing at Film at Lincoln Center on Friday, September 16. You can check out the exclusive IndieWire trailer for the revamped version of the film down below: