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.
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 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!
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…
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.…
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,…
At last I watched the film that was later remade by Martin Scorsese as The Departed. Scorsese's film ranks among my all time favorites, so I knew I wouldn't like this one as much. Of course I was right, but Infernal Affairs is still quite good. It is well shot, I enjoyed the music choices and the acting is great across the board. Being nearly an hour shorter than The Departed, this one does feel a bit rushed in its narrative. The characters and situations aren't given as much time to grow and develop which hurts the film in my opinion. Infernal Affairs is good, but I feel that Scorsese took the best aspects of it and made a better film. 7.5/10
The masterpiece Hong Kong crime drama that inspired Martin Sorceresses' The Departed is a brutal and gritty film. The plot follows two police officers one is undercover with the triads, spying for the government, while the other one is spying for the Triads on the police. The movie is far more brutal than the American remake, but I recommend it to anyone who likes the departed. Andrew lau is top notch as always in this film.
Very solid trilogy. Don't have much to offer in the way of a review, but I will say that imo this series should definitely be watched 2 -> 1 -> 3. The vast majority of the time when people ask if they should watch/play/read something in release order or timeline order, I tell them release order, but I really can't see any reason to do that in this case. The character development in Internal Affairs 2 makes what happens in 1 much more impactful, and not knowing who actually lives or dies makes Internal Affairs 2 much more suspensful. If you haven't watched any of the movies yet, and you're planning on watching all of them, definitely give it a thought.
The Departed won Best Picture for being this movie but with white people. GG, Hollywood.
In all seriousness, though, The Departed is a fine film in its own right, but it doesn't diverge enough from the source material to be its own independent entity and it doesn't do anything new that Infernal Affairs doesn't. The plot is pretty much identical, characters are the same, character arcs are the same, and so forth. And Infernal Affairs manages to do that in less time and without a scene where Jack Nicholson does blow with a couple hookers. Not that there's anything wrong with Jack Nicholson doing blow with a couple of hookers, but still. Infernal affairs is leaner, more efficient, and, above…
I was aware The Departed was a remake of a contemporary Chinese movie, but not in such extent. Even though Scorsese's flick wasn't vying with strong opponents back in 2006 and despite the fact I never took the Oscars seriously, it is sad - if not humiliating - that the director had to win his first statuette for a film that is an irrelevant (in the sense it doesn't add) copy of a charming and already excellent oriental production.
Having watched Infernal Affairs, the American movie went down in my estimation.
Ever wondered what a Hong Kong action movie would be like given a Hollywood production quality across the board?
INFERNAL AFFAIRS is just that – and an engaging police story but with zero martial arts and a lot of gun-play. The story revolves around the ongoing war between the Triads and the police, and how the respective leaders of both opposing tribes manipulate a mole they each have on both sides. And the film is mainly concerned with the moles, who are the stars of the film - Andy Lau and Tony Leung. The film's pace is amazing, initially taking place over a great space of years as we watch both soon-to-be-moles train for their occupations, but then present day…
Besides the cheesy, overly melodramatic soundtrack, it's quite a good ride. It’s an extremely well written story with fantastic acting.
Anthony, Tony, and Andy all together at once...? My goodness. I could hardly contain myself.
Really wish I had watched this before The Departed.
"Ever seen someone shake a corpse's hand?"
Though remarkably creative in premise and successful in creating the kind of suspense one might expect from a thriller, Infernal Affairs disappointing lacks the kind of character or even narrative depth one might expect from such an inspired concept.
The film boasts an incredibly fast pace that rushes from one heated confrontation to another (a speed that's very noticeable considering The Departed took nearly an hour longer to tell the same story), but though the greater story is told in the film's quick hour forty minutes, I doesn't feel as though individual narratives are told particularly well. This is fundamentally highlighted in the very opening, before even the title appears, Infernal Affairs begins…
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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