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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.…
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.…
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…
An interesting, stylish insight into the inspiration for The Departed
Doesn't quite have the performances to match up with The Departed.
Yes, I only found out about this movie because of The Departed. And I couldn't help but compare it to The Departed as I watched it. I hadn't seen The Departed in a few years and the details of the plot were thus a bit hazy. As I watched Infernal Affairs, however, it started to come back to me, and I remembered what made The Departed such a fascinating movie. The parallel dynamic between the two leads, as they spend over ten years living under a false identity, shapes them in similar ways. Despite their opposing origins, one as a gangster and one as a cop, they find that, by the end, they both want the same thing: an identity…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I havent seen The Departed in probably 2 years, so my memory of it is fuzzy but I doubt it can be as intense and engaging as this on a rewatch.
It's a pretty simple premise but has great performances from its two leads, especially Tony Leung, as the cop planted in the gang who just wants to get out.
They also give the gangster character, played by Andy Lau, a bit more empathy than I remember Matt Damon having, and a much less tidy ending with Lau surviving as a "hero" instead of being shot down at the end.
Will need to rewatch The Departed now.
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.
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IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…
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