1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
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 prefer Infernal Affairs over The Departed as it was pure in its storytelling! The characters were more genuine! Their inner conflict and pain was more evident! The story was more impactful due in part to its simplistic nature than the flashy Hollywood remake!
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,…
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.…
Has there ever been a more clear-cut example of a sequel trumping its predecessor than The Departed and Infernal Affairs. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with cultural differences, but I found this to be cheesy as hell.
Watching Infernal Affairs, I was reminded at how disappointed (relatively speaking) I was with Scorsese's remake of it. The original is dynamically paced and edited, tense throughout, and with all of the great characterizations that make the Scorsese version good. The theme of what one loses when going undercover and where to draw the line between good and bad is also much better realized here.
I have not seen The Departed, the American remake of this film, but after watching this I'm not so sure that I want to. In my experience, when it comes to American remakes of foreign films, the foreign originals are always better. I don't know exactly why, but I have become convinced that foreign films are far better than most American films. It just seems to me that foreigners know how to make films a lot better than we do, and Infernal Affairs is certainly no exception.
The plot is so full of twists that by the end, you won't know who is really working for who without some examination. Essentially, there are two…
I suspect this movie was born from a desire to see endless scenes of guys holding some secret conference on a rooftop or helipad, both of them looking tense, but trying so hard to make sure nobody notices.
Infernal Affairs doesn't waste much time and gets right ahead into the story without a lengthy introduction. Here is your secret agent. Here is your mole. Now, sit back and watch them collide. The mystery doesn't lie in which guy is which, but in what happens next. It's a neat way of telling a thriller, where you give your audience most of the answers, but keep them guessing in what happens next. You're not sure what will happen to either guy, but…
The tension still gets me every time, and Infernal Affairs is full of scenes bursting with it. I know a lot of people prefer The Departed, which is a good film, but the original always wins for me.
I didn't love The Departed, but this was a logical candidate for a remake; it’s got some great components that just don’t come together as well as they could. Still, one of the most solid HK cop thrillers since Hard Boiled (if nowhere near as awesome).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ho boy. Here we go. The bashing of the original.
Just kidding. It wasn't that bad. But still, the practice of seeing the remake before the original can really switch up your ordinary "original is better than remake" perspective, because damn, Infernal Affairs sure made The Departed look like Citizen F-ing Kane. :P
I'll admit, I've always had little respect for Chinese movies, despite being a Chinese and an Asian myself. Most of the ones I grew up with just didn't impress me with their low-concept plot, and a lot of them were mindless action films focusing on badass characters, their storyline as interesting as as Jackie Chan or even Steven Seagal movies. That's not to say all Chinese movies…
Part of the 30 Countries Challenge 2015. Hong Kong (22/30)
There are so many good things about this movie but most of all it's cool and compelling and i was literally unable to catch my breath or look away. The fast fun editing mixed with slow tense pacing worked here better than I've ever seen. definitely worth watching even if you've already seen The Departed. Honestly I think I like this version better anyway.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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