Some love it, some hate it, but I figured we might as well have the IMDb list here. Since it's…
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.
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, which means the lowest level of hell, where people who have committed the most awful sins are made to suffer "boundlessly". So the two main characters in the story find themselves trapped, with no hope of redemption. They both want to be "good", a rebirth…
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,…
People actually think this is better than The Departed?
Nowadays known more for being the blueprint for Scorsese's soulless remake The Departed, this little Hong Kong cinema gem is a thrill ride that once it gets going refuses to stop. It has a sharp and succinct script, brisk pacing, and is directed with irresistible flair – it's easy to see why Scorsese wanted to make his own version of it. Despite still remembering most of the important plot points from years and years ago this proved to be some of the more entertaining two hours of 21st century cinema. It's a breath of fresh air in an at the time fairly stale genre with twists coming out of nowhere like a slap in the face and an exciting cat-and-mouse…
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…
I can now see why people call The Departed a "soulless" ripoff of Infernal Affairs. After watching Infernal Affairs, it's amazing to see how many scenes Scorsese pretty much copied from this. It would have been one thing if The Departed was supposed to be a remake, but Scorsese only claims that Infernal Affairs "inspired" The Departed. This is CLEARLY not the case.
Despite the fact The Departed is a shameless rip off, I do think The Departed is better for a number of reasons. Better cast, dialogue, and Scorsese is just a fantastic director. Also The Departed is a more fleshed out film. The pacing in Infernal Affair feels very rushed in comparison. BUT, I do have much more…
Nice cat & mouse type of crime thriller from directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak starring Tony Leung.
The premise is nothing new but does make for an entertaining film when done right.
I felt with Infernal Affairs it was done right enough.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't want to spend this review drawing comparisons between Infernal Affairs and The Departed, they're two culturally different movies and are both great in their own right. Neither is better than the other and it's more up to personal preference, my own favourite being The Departed.
Infernal Affairs really humanises its characters, which is a nice surprise for the police crime-thriller genre. Usually they focus in too much on the crime happening around them, but this one really made the characters real people. Each of the opposing forces wanted to be good, but they were both evil in their own ways. The performances are strong, really bringing this emotion through.
Very stylistic and slick in directing, a lot of…
trebao bih opet pogledati, jer nisam toliko volio andy laua i tonya leunga :33333 kad sam gledao prvi put.....
Suspenseful and masterfully crafted thriller, that is head and shoulders above that awfully underwhelming Academy Award winning film "The Departed". In almost every possible way. Only thing that is missing here - Jack Nicholson and his awesomeness :)
While "The Departed" is a good movie, "Infernal Affairs" is a great movie.
The movie that "inspired" The Departed. I tell you this, if you can get passed the cultural differences than I think I like this one better. Specially because it tell the same story as Departed with just 1h20min.
that floppy as fuck dumb remake wishes it was half as flaw free as tony leung is in this
I had no intention of comparing this to The Departed, but it's impossible not to. Too many scenes are similar to avoid it. I saw The Departed first, and it's one of the most entertaining and memorable films ever made. It's incredible on every level. This just doesn't match up in any way. Lau and Leung, two very dependable actors, are solid here, but the film is missing the explosive and pitch perfect performances from every single actor in Departed. It's nowhere near as complex or explosive. A decent little film, but I just can't be impressed by it having seen Scorsese's first.
Yes. I watched this Christmas morning while everyone else was asleep. This is such a great movie. I have seen this numerous times and every time I watch it's like the first time.
Here is link to what I wrote in 2005 at The Hong Kong Movie Database; hkmdb.com/db/reviews/show_review.mhtml?id=10766
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