Movies that are slightly off.
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…
That scene on the rooftop where Tony Leung emerged from behind Andy Lau like a phantom that has been stalking him this whole time is one of the greatest moments in HK cinema.
Fantastic thriller. Did not see that end coming. Guess I need to watch The Departed sometime.
I never knew The Departed was a remake. Watching this, it seems almost criminal, even with it being Scorsese. A lot of it was reinvented, recaptured and even improved upon with his version, and yet there is a magic to this film, with how perfectly it all comes together. The amazing pacing, the characters, who are just as compelling as in the Scorsese version but with half the dialogue, the sheer perfect polish on everything. I wouldn't hesitate to call it one of the best cop movies of all time.
The given is that a remake will not be as good as the original. It may be there for reasons that a studio needs to put out something, they have the rights now, let's do another spin on it. And it's not like remakes are new, they've been around since the 1930's in film, maybe even before that (were silent films remade from other silent versions, maybe, but I digress). The Departed was one of those rare occasions where not only did the filmmakers and actors improve on the previous story, they added to it, enhancing the plot. Of course the main ingredients were there in Lau and Leung's film, but it's like taking a bite out of a piece…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For years, I'd always heard this was superior to THE DEPARTED and now that I've seen it, I have to admit: yes, it is. Though I wouldn't necessarily say by a wide margin. Both films tell the same plot and have many of the same basic scenes. The main differences are in tone.
This film is more streamlined, tells its simple cops vs criminals story in a straightforward manner, and all the twists are earned. There's moments of poetic beauty and even references to Buddhism. Scorsese took this simple story and "GOODFELLAS'd it up" by throwing in a lot of gratuitous characters, fast-paced editing, violence, convoluted elements. And he also based the mob boss on real life Whitey Bulger, so…
I loath the editing, but enjoy the screenwriting and acting.
These two Irish cops from Brooklyn do Face Off with a pair of Chinese men who do battle with morse code.
Film #4 of the May '16 Scavenger Hunt
Task #1: Any film featuring a character named 'May'
I watched The Departed years ago and it genuinely doesn't leave any impression on me anymore. I remember enjoying it a lot back then but considering I don't even want to reassess that situation, perhaps it really isn't that great of a movie.
I'm mostly wondering how that film could add 50 minutes to Infernal Affairs just by remaking it. The story is fairly straightforward, and what I appreciate about Infernal Affairs is definitely how contained it is. It knows what it wants to be, and balances being a dramatic piece and cop thriller very well. The acting is phenomenal (although I really…
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