Movies that are slightly off.
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.…
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…
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,…
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.…
Film #4 of the May '16 Scavenger Hunt
Task #1: Any film featuring a character named 'May'
I watched The Departed years ago and it genuinely doesn't leave any impression on me anymore. I remember enjoying it a lot back then but considering I don't even want to reassess that situation, perhaps it really isn't that great of a movie.
I'm mostly wondering how that film could add 50 minutes to Infernal Affairs just by remaking it. The story is fairly straightforward, and what I appreciate about Infernal Affairs is definitely how contained it is. It knows what it wants to be, and balances being a dramatic piece and cop thriller very well. The acting is phenomenal (although I really…
Super asian, super cool. Not better than "The Departed", but it's still really good.
I decided to check this movie out based on how much I love The Departed. A lot of keys have been clicked debating which movie is superior, but I'll just say that they're both very good and worth a watch.
Great movie. Watch if you liked The Departed.
Già il fatto che questo poliziesco riuscitissimo possa contare su poche scene action la dice lunga sulla qualità indiscutibile del prodotto. Regia attenta, personaggi incastonati come gioielli in uno script misurato e privo di sbavature, per un viaggio inesorabile tra psicologie, doppiogiochismi e crisi identitarie. La sfida tra i due protagonisti prosegue anche sul piano della bravura attoriale (ma qui parità). Imperdibile!
Fascinating to see this after watching The Departed a couple of times. I can't help but compare them, probably too much. This is a more concise story, and does some interesting things The Departed did not. It felt a bit more grounded and authentic, for the most part. And Andy Lau's character had a twist Matt Damon's didn't, and that went a long way into making this a slightly better story for me.
Film #25 in Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
Where The Departed used an almost identical narrative to better effect, telling an interesting story of how identity is malleable and loyalties can be shifted, Infernal Affairs only hints at such depths. It is in these moments that the film is the best: moments where Andy Lau wants to be a good guy or Tony Leung tries hard not to be the bad guy firmly situate the film on the side of the law but allow the characters to straddle the line even as they earn our sympathy, surely no small feat. The rest of the film plays out like a well-made but not particularly interesting police/gangster action film. Though I have read…
Yowza. This was super bueno.
A very intriguing police drama, that Scorsese's "The Departed" was inspired after, about a cop that infiltrates the Triad and a gangster that infiltrates the police force. It's the little details in this movie that really make it shine. Whether it be in the shifting glances, the beads of sweat, or the beautiful camera work, the whole frame is always full of nice details. It had some really nice shots. And even though I've already seen "The Departed", meaning I knew everything that was going to happen, it still managed to make me care about the characters and I felt the "nail-biting" tension the whole movie. However, while I'm trying to keep comparisons between the…
Man, this one surprised me. The Departed is one of my favorite films of all time, and I'd heard many say they preferred this, the movie The Departed was adapted from, so I was plenty excited. I'm not sure if knowing the plot beforehand was the reason I found so little redeeming value in it, but I really don't understand why anyone would praise this film.
The story is virtually unchanged, occurring almost scene by scene and line by line identical to Scorsese's version. There are a few minor changes for The Departed's script, including most obviously a different ending, and I actually prefer the adapted version's modifications.
The biggest problem with Infernal Affairs happens to be one of The…
favorite Chinese language movies
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