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…
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.…
Part of the 30 Countries Challenge 2015. Hong Kong (22/30)
There are so many good things about this movie but most of all it's cool and compelling and i was literally unable to catch my breath or look away. The fast fun editing mixed with slow tense pacing worked here better than I've ever seen. definitely worth watching even if you've already seen The Departed. Honestly I think I like this version better anyway.
The only regret I have with this film is that it retroactively made me like "The Departed" a lot less. And it's like 15 minutes too long.
If you've seen Scorsese's version then you've seen this one, although each film has variations that are both better and worse than their counterparts.
Ultimately, in my eyes, an original will always eclipse a remake and even though both films are fantastic, this one is the classic.
As the foreign father of The Departed, Infernal Affairs' brilliant tale of deceptive crime is only hindered by an unsatisfying lack of depth in characters and relationships.
Man, I really wish I hadn't already seen The Departed before this. Who knows how much more awesome this movie would've been if I didn't already know all the beats of the story. And to choose between the two seems a little ridiculous because I would be splitting hairs. Great movie.
March Around the World | #7 - Hong Kong
While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Guy Ritchie-style flashy editing that is used primarily to move between 'present day' and flashbacks, it's a film that really keeps you on your toes and its 100-minute run time fits the story far better than Martin Scorsese's bloated remake The Departed and keeps its thrill-a-minute pace up throughout, although it could be argued this is at the expense of any meaningful character development.
Although the story loses a bit of impact having already seen the US remake, this can't be held against Infernal Affairs, and it remains an extremely sleek and surprisingly smart thriller.
For me unfortunately, it was impossible to watch this film without drawing comparisons to The Departed, a film that I've seen probably five times and very much enjoy. Looking back, it's a remarkably faithful remake that has only one notable character change and certainly an altered ending, yet Scorsese's film is just about an hour longer.
This film has no real filler. Every action, every line of dialogue advances the plot. I wish the film didn't include the few brief flashbacks that it did; I found these unnecessary and they were really used to spell things out to the audience.
I also found some of the music choices distracting. I didn't really care for the score except for a few…
Suspenseful and straight forward. Great movie.
Being a mole is torture, no matter which side you are playing for.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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