Hong Kong matinee idol Andy Lau plays an aging mob boss gone straight who's pulled back into the business by police and rival gangs. One of his lieutenants (Louis Koo) is really an undercover cop, and the other one (Anthony Wong) has a son who's returned home from studying in Britain to learn the ways of the underworld. Director Clarence Fok (Naked Killer) expertly paces the action, building suspense as a series of provocations by the increasingly ruthless kid tests the men's loyalty toward one another. The chemistry between the charismatic Lau and the stoic Koo generates a moral and emotional force similar to the male bonding in John Woo's gangland sagas, and Fok exploits it for a gripping finale.
Century of the Dragon is a strong and well-crafted thriller, with certain similarities in plot and certainly character development to that of its 'forefather', Infernal Affairs. It is therefore safe to say that this film influenced