Infernal Affairs (Wu jian dao)
Miramax Home Entertainment
More Michael Mann than Stephen Chow, Infernal Affairs is a clumsily named suspense-thriller that tells the tale of two moles: one an undercover agent in the Criminal Intelligence Bureau (Andy Lau), and the other a high-ranking member of the powerful Triad gang (Tony Leung Chiu Wai, arguably the most popular dramatic actor in Asia). Tensions rise as both the gang and police suspect an enemy in their ranks, leading to a cat-and-mouse game of survival for the two rebel operatives. Brilliant cinematographer Christopher Doyle has his fingerprints all over this sleek crime drama, and it’s worth a look if only for the breathtaking scenes atop Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. To the dismay of cinema purists, Martin Scorsese currently is shooting a remake with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg.