Director: Wai-keung Lau, Alan Mak
Cast: Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Carina Lau, Francis Ng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue
A Hong Kong police inspector not only manipulates his informant to eliminate the head of the Triads that control the city's crime, but also sends a rookie police officer undercover to infiltrate the 'family'. Meanwhile, however, the same informant sends a gang member to the police academy, ultimately to further his interests.
Conceived to fill in the backstory of the two young leads of Infernal Affairs, this focuses more on the Inspector behind it all, with a highly charismatic performance from Anthony Wong. A byzantine plot setup, and one which does not bear too close scrutiny, nevertheless produces some fantastic scenes and Godfather-like reckonings. The style is akin to a toned-down John Woo, with slow motion used sparingly, and no balletic violence, though there is the occasional operatically sentimental gesture.