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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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Departing from The Departed: The Infernal Affairs Trilogy

Departing from The Departed: The Infernal Affairs Trilogy

(p.146) (p.147) 9 Departing from The Departed: The Infernal Affairs Trilogy
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

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

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