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 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 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!
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…
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 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,…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Infernal Affairs is clever, thrilling, well acted and explores interesting themes on morality, loyalty, and identity. Really enjoyed it but it's left me with a few questions: what was all that Buddha and continuous hell stuff about? Why were there men in kilts playing bagpipes at Yan's funeral? What was the point in giving Yan a daughter he didn't know about? And why on earth did they choose such awful, intrusive music for those death scenes?
VERY HIGH TENSIONS !
Infernal Affairs is a terrific crime movie built under a flawless well structured plot.
There's no such peaceful moment all over the running due the storyline always walking on a tightrope not only literally by the fragility of the secrets but also metaphorically proposing a perfect balanced symmetry of "evil" and "good".
All of this dropdown situations abundance are clearly noted by the viewer because the execution makes sure to highlight every aspect of emotion, contradiction, lack of self confidence, danger and mindfuck choices felt by both characters.
In other words we feel gradually diving into the story until the moment that we cannot blink.
Pretty shocked at how closely The Departed hews to Infernal Affairs, essentially copping not only the premise of the film but also every set piece and their locations: rooftops, elevators, movie theaters. But I think I'd give the edge to The Departed. Infernal Affairs has a great economical approach and its structure is straight pulp pacing--not to mention having Tony Leung is basically an ace in the hole--but it never hits upon the mix of paranoia and exasperation that marks atmosphere of Scorsese's remake as more fully realized. Though its copious canted angles make for some first rate compositions and the expressive slow-mo harks back to the great Hong Kong action films of yore.
The original cultural context of this story gives some added depth to the narrative but I still think I prefer the manic direction of the American remake.
High tension, fantastic
Everyone knows The Departed is a remake of a foreign film, right? When The Raid and Let the Right One In is green-lit for a US, English-speaking production, film-fans complain. But side-by-side, both Infernal Affairs and The Departed stand on their own, and share the same DNA in more than the story alone. Infernal Affairs is the blueprint for Scorsese – and as a plan, it is easy to see why he was so keen to remake it with the Boston-based themes that transferred so well.
Tony Rayn’s review in Sight and Sound, in 2004, confesses how “very little in the plot is new” within Infernal Affairs. Indeed, it is a cat-and-mouse dynamic whereby...
Read the full review: screeninsight.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/infernal-affairs-andrew-laualan-mak-2002.html
An interesting thriller, particularly in its last half, when the inner conflict of the characters becomes more evident and the film goes beyond a game of cat and mouse. I find the editing a bit confusing, especially during the first half an hour, to the point of almost losing all interest in the film. I'm not sure if this is intentional, it could be just me. Thankfully it goes up from there. It's interesting to compare this film with The Departed, which was inspired by this, because the tone and treatment of the two are quite different even though they share a common plot.
Somehow I had resisted seeing this for a long time. Something about its rep, and the slick opening credits. How Scorsese could watch and then make the misbegotten The Depahted is beyond me.
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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