Introduction: The New Wave and the Generic Abyss

Gina Marchetti

in Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs - The Trilogy

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098015
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206601 | DOI:
Introduction: The New Wave and the Generic Abyss

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The Infernal Affairs trilogy provides the illusion of an epic sweep (from 1991–2003) that covers the issues of government legitimacy, global capitalist expansion, individual alienation, and the implosion of a system that blurs “legitimate” political authority with an underground “illegitimate” economic reality. As part of the New Hong Kong Cinema Series, this short book attempts to highlight the significance of Infernal Affairs within the context of contemporary Hong Kong cinema as well as within global film culture by examining all three films in the trilogy. This analysis of Infernal Affairs concludes with a look at the trilogy's self-reflexive allusions to the mass media and the current state of Hong Kong film culture within a global context. In particular, the Infernal Affairs and the New Wave are discussed.

Keywords: Infernal Affairs; New Wave; mass media; New Hong Kong Cinema Series; Hong Kong cinema; global film culture; trilogy; government legitimacy; capitalist

Chapter.  2430 words. 

Subjects: Film

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