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.…
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.…
iMDB Top 250 #208
While inferior to the amazing remake 'The Departed', this was still an enjoyable crime film. Very stylish and good action, even though I knew exactly was around every corner. Watch it even if you have seen The Departed to see where the movie comes from.
Un entretenidísimo thriller coreano, de gran ejecución y tensión. Es fácil ver qué atrajo a Martin Scorsese de esta saga.
A hard look into the justice system.
Before "The Departed" there was "Infernal Affairs" and it's interesting how this movie inspired "The Departed" because at times "The Departed" had the vibe of a "Mystic River" or "Gone Baby Gone" and I originally thought "The Departed was based on one of Denis Lehane's books or more like a true crime story since Jack Nicholson's character was based on Whitey Bulger.
Now with all that being said separating "The Departed" and "Infernal Affairs" "Infernal Affairs" is an intense procedural where you are watching and waiting to see who exposes who first.
At times when the movie focuses on the side characters it can kind of make the plot a bit convoluted and…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Interesante film chino, en el que se basaría (y mucho) el director Martin Scorcese para hacer su película Infiltrados, a la que recuerdo vagamente, y no queda bien en comparación con esta, a la que ahora siento como superior, básicamente, por el personaje del "antagonista", o sea, el mafioso infiltrado en la policía, mucho más tridimensional como personaje que el de Infiltrados. Realmente, el mafia infiltrado a prosperado tantísimo en su vida de poli que llega a sentirse más identificado con esa vida exitosa que con lo que él es realmente.
Y a lo largo de los acontecimientos de la peli, el poli infiltrado y el mafia infiltrado se convierten en reflejo en uno del otro mientras tratan de descubrirse…
It's such a refresher to see Tony Leung starring in a film that is not from Wong Kar-wai. But nevertheless, be it a Kar-wai film or an Andrew Lau (as per this case) film, it doesn't matter anyway. Infernal Affairs stars two of Hong Kong's biggest stars: Tony Leung and Andy Lau.
Leung and Lau are great contrasts to each other but at the same time, also compliments each other. With Lau's charismatic face, he delivers his character with such decency all the while keeping a dark secret. Leung on the other hand, has always been a playful character (he has played a policeman in Chungking Express too!) and his presence on screen is just really nice to watch.
Genuine modern classic - not just the pulsating cat-and-mouse plot (which is remarkable), but the characterisation, acting and excellent action scenes as well, thrilling in every way.
The Departed ha allungato notevolmente il brodo.
QUESTO FILM DURA UN'ORA E MEZZA!!
One day the elevator doors will close in time :-(
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…