Hong Kong ‘Affairs’ turning into trilogy

Films 2 and 3 to be helmed by the Lau/Mak duo

HONG KONG — Media Asia on Friday announced details of the trilogy it is forming around thriller “Infernal Affairs.”

The hit, which grossed $7.1 million at the local box office and has racked up key local film awards, will be directed again by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, and penned by Mak and Felix Chong.

The $5.1 million prequel “Infernal Affairs 2” will take place ten years before the original, and center around the relationships between a cop, played by Anthony Wong, a gangster, played by Eric Tsang, and a gangster boss, played by Francis Ng, who was not in the original.

Edison Chen and Shawn Yue will again play the younger versions of the first installment’s lead characters, played by Andy Lau and Tony Leung, who are moles in the triad and police force. Carina Lau, teen singer Yu Chiu and Chinese actor Hu Jun will also join the cast.

The $7.7 million “Infernal Affairs 3” will once again star Tony Leung and Andy Lau, clashing with Leon Lai as the new police superintendent two years later. Kelly Chen reprises her role as a psychiatrist.

Both films will be released this year.

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