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 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!
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.…
So... the Kubrick-a-thon got interrupted last night when a group of my chaps wanted to watch this film instead. Overall, I am happy to have viewed the film that inspired Martin Scorsese's The Departed, but it is not nearly as good. This may be due to a lack of me knowing Cantonese and not being accustomed to the aesthetics of Hong Kong cinema.
Overall, the plot and main characters are great. But there are some moments of what I guess you would call "raw" emotion that feel super cheesy. Something out of a soap opera really. And a couple of side characters don't really make sense to me. Once again though, I don't know if a lot was lost in…
Don't listen to anyone that says this is better than The Departed. They are lying. The Departed I find to be an objectively better film and a more enjoyable one. Still this was a fine film, and nothing more.
Vor allem eines: Vielschichtig. Man bekommt einblick in jede einzelne Zwischenebene der Handlung. Die beiden Chefs, die beiden Organisationen, die beiden Maulwürfe, Privatleben und die Frage: Welches Leben lebe ich und welches Leben spiele ich?
Leider sehr schlecht übersetzt (ich glaub einfach nicht dran, dass die Dialoge in der Originalfassung derart platt sind, vor allem, weil die Gesprächsqualität sehr schwankt) und brauchbar synchronisiert... Wie das mit asiatischen Filmen nunmal meistens so ist. Die englische Fassung ist da deutlich besser, als die Deutsche.
abbastanza godibile nel suo complesso. soffre l'obbligato confronto con il ben più noto remake, che forse, nonostante sia più lungo dell'originale, riesce a dilazionare meglio il ritmo (esticazzi, è pur sempre scorsese); anche se qui il labile confine bene-male è reso in modo molto più convincente (esticazzi parte 2, è pur sempre un film orientale).
nel film c'è del piero.
I wish I had seen this before The Departed. Well done movie and a great inspiration.
I probably would have enjoyed this more had I not already seen The Departed. Even so, The Departed was the superior film, so I'm glad I saw it first. Comparing what aspects of the story Scorsese chose to expand and which characters he chose to flesh out further is very interesting. I'm going to have to revisit The Departed for a master class in adaptation.
Trying to get more into Asian cinema, this was an excellent start.
Some good performances and neat style. It's mostly a bit gloomy and a bit too flat to be anything but good pulp, but, hey, it's still good pulp.
For the longest time, I had felt like Andy Lau's performance was the biggest impediment to my enjoyment to Infernal Affairs. Contrasted with the weary, sad arc that Yan goes through, and having an expert actor like Tony Leung portray him, Lau's, err, Lau doesn't really rise to the challenge, coming off as more of a robot going through the motions of a crook going straight because, well, reasons. Watching it for the first time in a long time, I realized it's not Lau's fault at all, but the writing, which gives him very little to work with beyond looking stoic without feeling like he's masking a hidden pain. His personal moments he has between the cat and mouse game…
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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