A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.…
There are glimpses of greatness here, but yikes @ that editing...
Honestly better than the remake, with more attention paid to holding the core concept together, and no Matt Damon.
I watched Infernal Affairs a few years after The Departed came out. I love Scorsese, and to me there is no comparsion, The Departed is just a much better movie. Jack Nicholson had so many layers whereas the main bad guy in Infernal Affairs was just a cartoon character IMO. Still was a solid movie and I see why Scorsese wanted to remake it, but I just found The American version way better.
Better in almost every way than The Departed, bar some odd soundtrack choices.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Rewatch in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Hong Kong.
It's been a while since I've seen it, and not as long since I've seen THE DEPARTED, so the comparison between the two films is obvious. Scorcese is obviously the superior director to the Alan Mak/Andrew Lau team and THE DEPARTED is better on any number of technical levels than INFERNAL AFFAIRS. Still, this film has a lot going for it:
- It's almost only half as long as THE DEPARTED is, which makes it much, much tighter. (On the flip side, though, you can argue that it needed a little more time to fully explore both of the main characters.)
- The cellphone tricks that Lau and Chan use…
Probably would've been better if I never watched The Departed, but I still feel like The Departed is a better movie overall.
Infernal Affairs is regarded as of the movies that restarted the Hong Kong machine after China took back the territory in 2000. It's also famous for its remake, The Departed (starring Leo Dicaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.)
If you don't have time to read this review just watch this 2 minutes clip and you will understand everything I am about to say.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJhixh0FpN0 I will go back to that video later in the review.
Most people reading this review want to know one thing so I will adress it right now: "is it better than The Departed?" It is. I don't hate The Departed, but it's just not as good. I will do a point-by-point-comparison:
First, Infernal Affairs clocks…
Verspätete Promo: Mit der guten Schlopsi habe ich ihren Lieblingsfilm INFERNAL AFFAIRS in meinem Podcast besprochen. Die Technik war zwar doof zu uns, aber ich denke das Ergebnis ist dennoch ganz passabel geworden. Einfach den undercover-Link unter diesen Zeilen klicken.
iMDB Top 250 #208
While inferior to the amazing remake 'The Departed', this was still an enjoyable crime film. Very stylish and good action, even though I knew exactly was around every corner. Watch it even if you have seen The Departed to see where the movie comes from.
Movies that are slightly off.
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…