A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Loyalty. Honor. Betrayal.
Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming, respectively, race against time to expose the mole within their midst.
The moment when Eric Tsang smashed Tony Leung's hand cast on a table, I knew instantly that this is a film that I will adore for.. well, forever is a strong word, but it's definitely a long, long time.
Powerful performances by the entire cast including the two mentioned above and of course, the great Andy Lau. An exciting ride that tells a genuinely good and original story. Awesome soundtrack. Cheesy death scenes. No CGI rats. Hong Kong crime thrillers are invincible.
Noir-vember Film #16
I was thrilled when Scorsese decided to make The Departed, but I am disappointed the only discussion on this film seems to be whether it is superior/inferior to its Hollywood 'remake'. To me the two are vastly different and culturally specific, the only things in common are the skeleton of the plot, and that they are great films.
The original film title 無間道 (literally 'boundless way') came from the idea of Avici (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avici) in Buddhism, the lowest level of hell where people who have committed the most awful sins are made to suffer "boundlessly". The two main characters in the story find themselves trapped, with no hope of redemption. They both want to be "good", a rebirth of their identity.…
I always intended on revisiting Infernal Affairs. I remember loving it the first time, a few years ago, and being quite solidly in "the remake sucks" camp. That hasn't changed. But I must confess that this rewatch had nothing to do with wanting to revisit the film per se, and everything to do with my husband pointing out that Tony Leung was in it. Tony Leung, whom I only discovered through Wong Kar-Wai films, Tony Leung who has become my go-to guy. Tony Leung who is my husband's official competition.
I wasn't familiar with Leung when I first watched Infernal Affairs so this viewing was met with typical fan-boy giddiness with a slight splash of deconstructing everything about his looks,…
Review In A Nutshell:
Infernal Affairs is the story of two individuals, one a mole for the Chinese triad and one an informant placed in the Chinese police force, trying to expose each other.
I found Infernal Affairs plot to be highly engaging but sadly a little thin in its characterisation. Throughout the entire film, I kept thinking how each one would expose each other and whether or not they are able to keep themselves under the shade as both the leaders of these two groups are pressing hard on their tail, but I felt the film had all of that tension put on Chen Wing Yan (Tony) instead of Inspector Lau Kin Ming and it bothered me a little…
Infernal Affairs was my first taste of serious Hong Kong cinema. I had always associated Hong Kong with the martial arts / action films I’d seen in my youth. This was different. Very different.
What I appreciated most about Infernal Affairs was the symmetry. Superintendent Wong is our police protagonist. Hon Sam, our underworld Triad protagonist. Each has a pawn that has infiltrated the other side. Wong has Chan Wing-yan, a mole planted more than a decade ago into Han’s triad. Hon has Lau Kin-ming, an officer in Wong’s squad, also with a decade of experience. Both the masters are the only ones who know about their respective moles identity. This power controls their lives, and both have an almost…
Highly original, stylishly executed, cleverly structured & featuring honest performances from its cast, Infernal Affairs is the cinema which later became the blueprint for Martin Scorsese's Academy-Award winning feature, The Departed. And because I watched the latter before the original plus loved it a lot, this crime-thriller ended up being a pretty mediocre experience compared to that foul-mouthed & terrifically performed Hollywood remake.
The plot has the structure of a cat-n-mouse chase & concerns two police officers; one who is an undercover cop working as a mole in a local mafia gang while the other being the member of the mafia gang who infiltrated the police force, and over the years, both have made it to a pretty high position in both forces.…
I didn't know that this and The Departed were the same movie going into it, and having seen The Departed first, I couldn't help but getting deja vu. I don't want the entire review to just be a comparison between the two but I feel it can't be avoided.
The overarching story is itself intriguing and helped by great use of tension. I never felt safe for the characters even though I'd basically seen the movie before. That said, those characters are let down by being defined by what they are rather than any attempt to make them something outside of their roles in the story. The undercover cop is Undercover Cop, the mole is Mole, the police chief is…
A conversation with fellow LB'r Dirk Diggler promoted me to revisit this and I'm glad such conversation took place.
Just as masterful as I remember.
It makes me scratch my head as to why Martin Scorsese, a notable fan of foreign cinema would even think about doing his own take on the story. What were you thinking?
knotty in structure while being tragically ironic in tone, some elements intrude a bit too frequently but the picture keeps itself fresh with its economic editing and sparse stylistic choices, the biggest standout in recent asian crime cinema
Die Story ist zu schnell erzählt und an einer Stelle gibt es einen Fehler der unbeantwortet bleibt. Trotzdem klasse Film!
Vece za ponavljanje gradiva... Nekada jedan od omiljenih trilera, sada ne ostavlja neki poseban utisak....
Riveting, suspenseful and tense - INFERNAL AFFAIRS is flawless filmmaking and exceptional storytelling.
Full of "show, don't tell" methodology to it's presentation and a tight script that brings everything together without a hitch, INFERNAL AFFAIRS is a rare treat of cinematic prowess. Exploring honor, loyalty, betrayal and redemption all at once is no easy feat, but the film manages to complete it's narrative in the same fashion as Coppola achieved for his landmark THE GODFATHER.
The entire story is told over the course of a trilogy of films, but INFERNAL AFFAIRS can stand on its own as a feature of incredible potency.
The characters are memorable, their journey unforgettable, and their fates regrettable. Must see cinema.
It was only after a quarter into Infernal Affairs that I realised The Departed was a remake of this - I wish I watched this first so the plot twists would've hit me harder! I enjoyed this a lot more than I did Scorsese's remake, because I felt that the plot was better executed here. None of that all-too-easy deus ex machina, or characters so despicable (looking @ u Matt Damon!!!) that I find myself wishing for deus ex machina upon them.
Moral ambiguity feels essential to what this film embodies, a point which I feel that The Departed drew lines too clear about. There's something so much more human about characters like Andy Lau's (as opposed to absolute villains)…
Part 1 of 2 in a back-to-back review of Infernal Affairs and The Departed:
A few years ago I was a big fan of Infernal Affairs but watching it alongside Martin Scorsese’s widely popular remake I find myself feeling much less attached to it. It’s a multi-layered, intricately plotted film about men experiencing parallel lives while sitting on opposite ends of the law. Like twins separated at birth, Lau and Chen are shuffled through the same police academy but undercover missions send them on contrasting journeys as they inadvertently swap lives in order to report from the inside of the triad and the police force.
Despite being far more overtly stylish than Scorsese’s The Departed, Infernal Affairs is full to…
#1 Movie in China
Comparison's to The Departed, the Best Picture winning remake directed by Martin Scorsese, seem by this point inevitable. But which is the "better" film is the least interesting question one could ask. For both versions of this tale - of an undercover cop in the triad and a police officer working for the same gang - there is a whole book's worth of analysis that could be made about how differently the key setpieces are directed, acted, blocked out, scored, edited and paced. Different treatments are needed for two different beasts.
What Infernal Affairs has going for it is its pacing. At 101 minutes it doesn't let up, crossing from one parallel scenario to the…
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