Like the majority of people in the western world I’d never heard of ‘Infernal Affairs‘ until ‘The Departed‘ came along in 2006. I even mistakenly rented out ‘Internal Affairs‘ starring Richard Gere before I got my hands on a copy of this 2002 Hong Kong movie starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung. Of course the cool thing to say is that the original’s the best but I’ve been never cool and as much as I love both versions I probably just about prefer the Hollywood re-make.
So ‘Infernal Affairs‘ starts off straight away at Ten Thousand Buddha’s Monastery (below) in Sha Tin on the KCR Railway Line on minute one. I went here on my second day in Hong Kong and its only about 5-10 minutes away from the station. However, it is up 400 steps but they do wind up through quite literally thousands of golden Buddha statues, hence the name! Its a nice break from the main area but isn’t actually a real monastery as there are no monks on site. There is a vegetarian restaurant on site selling some fairly big-sized dishes at a nice cheap price which I just had to take advantage of. It is this monastery where Hon Sam, the triad (a term used to describe underground Chinese criminal organisation) boss is about to send a load of young gangsters into the police academy as moles.
Lei Yue Mun Park & Holiday Village in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong island is the training academy where a young Chen is dismissed from the school to become an undercover cop. The address is 75 Chai Wan Road.
The two undercover heroes meet each other after 8 mins at Ultra Isotherm audio & Video Co at 151 Apliu Street in Sham Shui Po. Of course this is just a chance meeting and they have absolutely no idea of each others identity.
The Thai cocaine deal involving Hon Sam on 19 mins is at the junction between Shantung Street and Sai Yee Street. The triads are in the yellow building in the centre of the picture below and the cops are on the opposite corner. It is this deal which ultimately makes both organisations aware that there is a mole in both camps.
Chan nearly discovers the identity of Lau (the triad undercover in the Police force) in an alleyway next to Golden Gateway shopping area (below) of Tsim Sha Tsui. Having watched Hon Sam conversing with the mole at a cinema Chan tries to follow Lau but loses his target when his phone rings at the most inopportune moment. It can be found at 25 Canton Road and appears on screen after 45 mins.
Ngau Tau Kok Police Station (below) on Wai Yip Street is seen on screen briefly after 32 and 64 mins respectively. The nearest Metro station is that of Kowloon Bay on the Kwun Tong Line.
After 56 mins, Guangdong Investment Tower (below) at 147-151 Connaught Road Central in Sheung Wan is where Chan meets Superintendent Wong who is the only person who actually knows he is a cop. Fearing for Chan’s safety Wong intends to pull him out of undercover work but they are unaware that they are being tracked. Whilst Chan flees the rooftop using a crane, Wong sacrifices his life to save Chan and is beaten up severely before he’s thrown off the roof. The rooftop of this building is later used (99 mins) when the two moles meet up at the films dramatic conclusion.
Sunshine Kowloon Bay Cargo Centre (below) at 59 Tai Yip Street appears on 76 mins shortly after the two moles connected by phone and agreed to cooperate in order to foil a drug deal by Hon Sam. In the film, the police say it’s Lung Cheung Road Car Park where Hon Sam is heading to but its not. The plan proves successful with many of Hon’s men arrested whilst Lau, becoming more accustomed to life as a police officer and wanting to erase his criminal background, betrays Hon Sam and kills him.
Bonus: A few of the films stars have their names and hand prints in stone on the ‘Avenue of the Stars’ on the peninsula. Below left: Andy Lau who played Lau Kin-ming the triad who infiltrates the police department. Below right: Tony Cheung who played Chan Wing-yan the police officer who goes undercover into a triad. Lower left: Eric Tsang who played triad boss Hon Sam.
‘Infernal Affairs II‘ was a prequel and I have a couple of locations from that to tag on the end of this article. The rooftop car park (above right) where the deal is going down is Star Ferry multi-storey car park at 9 Edinburgh Square in Central. Lai Yip Street cooked food hawker bazaar (below) is the spot where triad boss Ngai Wing-Hau (Francis Ng) and his family go to for late night snacks.
Some of these locations couldn’t have been found without the aid of this site.