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.
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…
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 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 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.…
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 prefer the remake Departed, but I love the idea of unstoppable/continuous hell in "The Unstoppable Dao". Very different ending, but fitting with the culture.
Tighter than The Departed, which is a good thing, but lacking the directorial edge that Scorsese uses to explore characters. Despite their obvious similarities though, both films are significantly different, particularly in their themes.
crisply edited and tightly plotted, with some intense performances; divergent from the scorsese remake, mainly in that the roles aren't densely packed with american cinema icons, but still a worthy predecessor.
After watching this years later I think I liked this more overall than The Departed. It's actually pretty close but the ending for this one pushes it over the top.
This is definitely one of the greatest crime films of all time, not just from Hong Kong but from anywhere. It's super complex without being confusing and amazingly well acted by all. The unofficial remake the Departed while being a very good movie falls far short of this masterpiece.
Finally got around to seeing this and although I don't think it is as good as The Departed I think it is pretty damn good. And there are some things I like better in this version; it definitely seems to get to the nitty gritty a lot faster. But the music in this version stinks.
Infernal Affairs" is everything you'd want in a police action thriller: powerhouse performances, Grade A production values, a good script and suspenseful direction.
No wonder Martin Scorsese wants to remake it, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon as the leads.
No disrespect to Scorsese and company, but they'll have a hard time equaling the original, which was a massive box-office hit in Asia, had steady business in Europe and has already spawned two sequels.
The concept is simple, yet ingenious: A gangster, Chan (Tony Leung of "Hero"), has been a mole reporting directly to a police superintendent (the incomparable Anthony Wong) for 10 years. Yes, we've seen undercover work before in movies. The twist here is that on the other…
Of course I went back to this after The Departed though it took me two viewings before I decided to tackle the Infernal Affairs trilogy. Even though it took me a while to get around to it that makes no difference now because the first of this trilogy serves as a great enough film if it were a standalone. A thrilling take on spy vs. spy set in Hong Kong with two heavyweight stars at the forefront. Andy Lau set a record for most consistently highest paid actor in Hong Kong and there is a reason, he's bankable in the movie market, but above that in this specific role as Lau Kin-ming could not have had a better choice. Lau…
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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