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Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs - The Trilogy$
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Gina Marchetti

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098015

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098015.001.0001

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Introduction: The New Wave and the Generic Abyss

Introduction: The New Wave and the Generic Abyss

(p.1) 1 Introduction: The New Wave and the Generic Abyss
Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs - The Trilogy

Gina Marchetti

Hong Kong University Press

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

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