Wong and Sam, bitter enemies from the first film, behave like
old friends. Yan is embroiled in the family saga of a Triad
cartel inextricably tied to his old origins, while Ming is
enmeshed in an oedipal fixation with his boss' wife...
between the years 1991 and 1997, Internal Affairs 2
begins 10 years before the events told in Infernal Affairs.
The young Yan and Ming (played by Shawn Yue and Edison Chen
respectively) are just starting out in their roles as police
stooge and Triad mole. Expanding
considerably upon the now legendary original, this acclaimed
prequel develops the mythic feel of the saga. Friendships
fracture, foes join forces and nothing is as it appears to
first Infernal Affairs film was a huge success in its
native China and enjoyed a reasonable amount of success here
in the UK due to good marketing and a limited cinema release.
It is a very good film following the exploits of two men,
one in the police force and one in a triad gang. But underneath
the covers they are both the opposite of who they appear to
be. The film ended with a very definite climax and left you
wondering whether or not the good side had won.
prequel goes into the depths of how these two men became who
they are. Also how the characters they share the screen with
have evolved and changed as well. But sadly this does pose
one major problem for this film. If you did not enjoy the
first film, then this really isn't for you. Same as if you
enjoyed the first film and felt that everything was wrapped
up nice and tidy then this really isn't for you. But if you
do want to know how the two leads came about then I cannot
recommend this enough.
acting and direction of this film is very tight and has just
the right amount of balance to it. Although this isn't an
all out action film, it isn't a boring floppy drama either.
By the end of it you really do care about the characters and
it does make you sad when you remember the events of the first
DVD itself includes a lovely DTS audio track and a couple
of short documentaries. Not a great selection, but the film
makes up for it. Just you wait till number three comes out.
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