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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 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.…
A good man pretending to be a bad man. A bad man pretending to be good.
Here it is - the film that inspired the American remake, The Departed (2006). Infernal Affairs is a thriller of double crossing and hidden loyalties. Cops against gangsters, institution against family. Drug busts, tension, hyper sweat and Morse code that tap tap taps a steady stream of truths into listening metal ears. The kept secret of identity is fed into the maw of paranoia. How far deep is too deep?
With its simple premise, complex plot turns and precise storytelling, this staple of crime thrillers stands as a definitive genre film. Like Michael Mann's Heat (1995) we get a heady sense of the game…
Might be better with Brooklyn accents and Marky Mark.
It matches The Departed almost beat for beat when it comes to the plot, though it lacks some of the powerful performances and relationship drama that Scorsese brought to the forefront in that remake. Still, it still manages to stand on its own as a pretty damn good crime movie.
但即使是國語配音也無法減低 演技扎實 的事實
The progenitor of Scorsese's The Departed is a stripped-down, (almost) no-nonsense piece of genre filmmaking. It's slick and moves at breakneck speed--often forcing the audience to sink or swim in digesting exposition. There's a bold sense of plotting, that ruthlessly reveals the double con within the first act. You don't see much scripting willing to jump the gun like that, which I respect a great deal.
But the flipside of the coin is that most, if not all, of the character of the film is sawed off. There's a few cheesy B-storylines that deal with domestic issues, but they're cheesy and hackneyed. Paired with stylistic flashbacks that overemphasize sentimentality, and you've got a weird pairing for this police thriller. In that sense, it's easy to see why it was viewed as ripe for the picking as an American remake.
I certainly won't try and hide my bias here: The Departed is my favorite film, and after watching Infernal Affairs I think the former is the superior film.
Infernal Affairs certainly has its moments. It has a lot of great, tense sequences that are beautifully shot, well acted, and well edited. But, as a whole, Infernal Affairs is a great plot film. However, there was little to no characterization, or even a hint of depth, to most of these characters. The majority of them were cardboard cutouts that served a very specific purpose. There weren't many character arcs here that seemed important, and when characters bit the dust my reaction was less emotional than it probably should have been.
Der Triadengangster Sam hat einige Männer auf die Polizeiakademie geschickt, mit dem Ziel einige Insiderinformationen zu erhalten, die seinen illegalen Geschäften zugute kommen. Unter diesen MÃ¤nnern befindet sich Ming.
Yan (Tony Leung) war ebenfalls auf der Polizeiakademie und wurde angeblich wegen unehrenhaften Gründen rausgeschmissen. Das ist aber nur die halbe Wahrheit, denn Yan wurde von seinem Ausbilder Wong als Undercover-Cop bei den Triaden untergebracht.
Jahrelang hat sich nichts geändert. Yan ist immer noch bei den Triaden, hat aber von seinem Job so langsam die Nase voll. Er will wieder ein richtiges Leben führen, er will seine IdentitÃ¤t und ein normaler Cop werden.
Ming (Andy Lau) möchte auch zu gerne das Doppelleben aufgeben, ihm gefÃ¤llt die Polizeiarbeit. Mithilfe seines Insiderwissens hat…
Film 6/30 of Scavenger Hunt 8!
Task #10: "A film about organized crime!"
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"What thousands must die, so that Caesar may become the great."
I was originally going to use Black Mass here but then I found Infernal Affairs on Youtube with subtitles so I decided to check it out shortly after rewatching The Departed from Martin Scorsese and loving that movie, so I was wondering how the original would hold up, especially as I haven't seen that many, in fact, I've done think I've actually seen any films from Hong Kong but Infernal Affairs was a good place to start as any.
Chan Wing Yan (Tony Chiu Wai Leung), is sent undercover into the…
intense. in some ways better than scoresce's.
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IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
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