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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.…
Kind of like The Departed but a lot shorter and more focused. And better acting, overall. I liked Leo but Tony Leung, uff-da! The score was just ok. I'd watch again.
I don't really get the love for this movie. Leung and Lau's performances are great, but that aside, this is a brilliant plot construct with a mediocre execution. The visual approach is mostly ugly, the editing and use of music are bizarre and misguided. Every single aspect of this film was done better in The Departed.
I'd seen the American re-make of this, The Departed, and loved it, and Infernal Affairs also blew me away. Wow, what a film. I'd need to re-watch The Departed before I could do as assessment of how the films differed, but right now I can thoroughly say that Infernal Affairs was nothing short of amazing. The "romantic" music shoved into the "romance" moments is very off-putting, but otherwise this movie is pretty damn great. Does it get more dark and twisty as this??
I feel bad for Infernal Affairs. If I'd seen it before I fell in love with The Departed, I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more.
Alas, unfortunately for Infernal Affairs, I have seen The Departed too many times and love it much more than Infernal Affairs, despite the fact that Infernal Affairs came first.
Scorsese and team improved on this film in every way possible.
Die Vorlage für Martin Scorseses "Departed" zeigt einmal mehr wie gut das Asia-Kino epische Gangstergeschichten beherrscht.
I didn't realize until I was about 20 minutes that one of my favorite movies of all time is a remake of this! (That is, Martin Scorsese's The Departed) I was quickly excited about the story that was about to unfold, but I was slightly put off initially but the very poor camera work and editing. It had very rough transitions, poor camera quality, and cheesy music at parts.
The story, however, completely overshadowed all of these negative aspects of how the movie looked. The acting was also solid, although it is not comparable to Jack Nicolson, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in Scorsese's version. Some of the side characters, however, were arguably better at times, adding a little…
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The original that inspired The Departed. Really, if I were to go into detail about how much I love it, I'd just be repeating myself. They're essentially the same movie.
Superintendent Wong Chi-shing (Anthony Wong) recruits Chan Wing-yan (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) to go undercover as a triad member to take down triad boss Hon Sam (Eric Tsang), and learn what they are planning. Little do they know, is that Hon Sam already had that in mind by hiring Lau Kin-ming (Andy Lau) as a mole in the police force. And basically, SHIT. HAPPENS!!
Though, they have their differences. Infernal Affairs does things with more subtlety, while The Departed was more in your face. The Departed also delved more into the…
The Departed isn't even one of my favorite Scorsese movies but I think my familiarity with it hindered my viewing of this film. Even though it's a much shorter and leaner film in terms of narrative I think it suffers for it. The two leads are great, but I never felt I got to spend enough time with either of them. It cuts too frequently between them causing me to never get the sense that they were truly entrenched in their particular environments which made the stakes feel much lower than they could have been.
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IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
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