As part of its Cultural Exchange season, the QMUL Confucius Institute is hosting Chinese movie nights throughout the year. The movies are a great chance for students, staff and anyone interested in Chinese culture to introduce themselves to the Chinese film scene. The genre of movie will vary from month to month; the prolific Chinese movie industry prides itself on its varied output, from comedy to action, romance to historical dramas.
Movies will be screened in the original Mandarin, with English subtitles, so they are a good tool for those learning Mandarin with the Confucius Institute!
For the final showing, the box office smash comedy Infernal Affairs will be shown on 9th March 2017.
Infernal Affairs is a 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film. It tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates a triad, and a police officer secretly working for the same gang. The Chinese title means "The Unceasing Path", a reference to Avici, the lowest level of Hell in Buddhism, where one endures suffering incessantly. The English title is a word play, combining the law enforcement term "internal affairs" – typically the division of any law enforcement agency that would be responsible for (among other things) finding a mole – with the adjective "infernal", meant in this case as a reference not to fires or infernos in general, but specifically to the inferno of Hell ("Inferno" being the Italian word for "Hell"). Thus, the English title is both a phonetic pun and – like the Chinese title – an allusion to a place or condition of eternal suffering. Infernal Affairs was followed by Infernal Affairs II and Infernal Affairs III.
Venue: Arts One building, G.19 Hitchcock Cinema, QMUL Mile End Campus.
Ticket Price: Free
Movie running time: 1hr 59mins.