An Affair to Remember

Edison Chen doesn't much resemble Robert De Niro. Maybe it's the oversize aviator sunglasses, the spiky haircut or the fact that he's a 22-year-old Canto-pop idol. But as Chen strides down the claustrophobic hallways of a Hong Kong tenement in the opening scenes of Infernal Affairs II (IA2), there's a whiff of De Niro menace—especially when Chen, his gun concealed in an envelope, shoots an elderly crime boss through a doorway grill in a brutal, abrupt hit. The shot is a conspicuous reference to De Niro's first murder in Godfather II, and it stakes the ground for IA2's epic—and...

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