Departing from <i>The Departed</i>: The <i>Infernal Affairs</i> Trilogy

Edited by Kam Louie

in Hong Kong Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028412
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206960 | DOI:
Departing from The Departed: The Infernal Affairs Trilogy

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Hong Kong film style from the visual panache of Wong Kar-wai to the grittiness of Fruit Chan's independent features has kept the Hong Kong film “brand” viable within the international art film market. With ties to both the New Wave art film and the popular Young and Dangerous triad series, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs makes a statement about the state of Hong Kong cinema as well as an intervention in a depressed market. However, instead of the film being picked up for distribution, the script was optioned for a remake and eventually became The Departed. Repackaged, re-labelled, and reassembled in the United States, Infernal Affairs's transformation into The Departed begs the question of Hong Kong's role in the export of images and commodities to the rest of the world as the territory enters its second decade as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Andrew Lau; Alan Mak; Infernal Affairs; cinema; The Departed; China

Chapter.  9770 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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