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 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,…
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!
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…
Finally got around to this and found it to be great fun, more so than THE DEPARTED, which has a curiously over-serious element to it. (Maybe HK films benefit by a certain distancing cheesiness even/especially when they get earnest.)
The movie that "The Departed" as based on, this is a gripping modern crime drama about an undercover cop embedded in a Chinese mafia, and a gang mole implanted into the police department.
Both men are clearly torn, losing their identities due to not knowing with whom their true allegiances lie. They are two sides of the same coin, unwittingly setting each other up to be discovered, all while possessing striking similarities of personal conflict. Combine this with the backdrop of a crime story set in the glow of modern-day Hong King and you have a hard-boiled thriller.
Quite an interesting Hong Kong thriller movie.
Doesnt quite hold up to the modern thrillers, but pretty original.
So good. Feeling like a massive poser because The Departed is one of my favorite movies ever.
The material contained Infernal Affairs is dynamite. So it amazes me that so much in this, as in its American remake, the result is far from what I think would have been possible.
The strengths of this film, apart from various situations and locations, is a powerful cast.
The weak points: the irregularity of its directors whose hands strikes, then gives a flower.
Saturday night, waiting for the football to start, time for another rewatch of a favourite saturday night movie.
Leung and Lau are great leads but the real star is how the writer-directors upgraded Hong Kong action cinema from John Woo to something more cerebral and powerful. Better than Departed if only because it's an hour shorter and far more subtle.
The fascinating premise alone is enough to breeze through this stylized neo-noir from Hong Kong.
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- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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