(out of 5)
Andy Lau was recruited by a gangster boss as a teenager, sent into Hong Kong’s police academy to be a mole within the ranks and help keep criminal business prosperous. Tony Leung was expelled from police training as a young man as part of a covert operation to send him behind the lines and be a mole among the criminals. Both sides become suspicious of espionage amongst them and send each of these guys in search of the other spy, their lives criss-crossing amidst a series of increasingly tense and exciting action sequences. Intelligent and slick, this is a superb action film with just enough character depth to make it matter without ever being weighed down by too much drama. Its success inspired two sequels and was later remade by Martin Scorsese as the Oscar-winning crime epic The Departed.
Screenplay by Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cinematography by Yiu-Fai Lai, Wai-Keung Lau
Produced by Wai-Keung Lau
Costume Design by Pik Kwan Lee
Cast Tags: Andy Lau, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Chapman To, Chaucharew Wichai, Cheng Wing Yee, Cheung Yuk Sun, Chi Keung Wan, Chi-Wai Lai, Chi-Wang Wong, Chiu Yi Leung, Chung Wai Ho, Courtney Wu, Dion Lam, Edison Chen, Elva Hsiao, Eric Tin Cheung Li, Eric Tsang, Hin-Wai Au, Ho Wing Ling, Hui Kam Fung, Hui On Tat, Jerry Leung, Ka Tung Lam, Kam Hung Wong, Kelly Chen, Kui Mei Yee, Lam Po Loy, Lee Wah Chu, Lee Yip Kin, Mak Wai Kwok, Man-Kei Yiu, Sai Tang Yu, Sammi Cheng, Shawn Yue, Ting Yip Ng, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Tony Ho, Tze Ming Lee, Wai-Nam So, Wong Yin Keung, Yuen Waj Ho