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.…
9/10. A very, very high 9/10. I love this more every time I watch it. There's only one thing holding it back (besides a few musical cues that don't work for me). Perhaps it's silly, but I want Chow Yun-Fat to be in it. I don't know where you'd put him; I don't want to recast Andy Lau, Tony Leung, Eric Tsang, or Anthony Wong, and I don't know where else he would fit. Just, man, he's been the king of the Hong Kong crime drama for decades, and when you make the greatest Hong Kong crime drama ever, you find a place for him, even if it's just a small one.
Otherwise, perfect. Perfect characters and performances, perfect tension, great drama, a masterful screenplay. For my money the best genre has ever been, and I suspect as good as it's capable of being.
Bel film come The Departed certo che vedere jack nicholson nella parte del boss è impagabile!
Rewatching this after some eight or nine years, it gives a completely new impression and for me in fact now easily ranks as one of the best HK films ever.
Maybe it was totally wrong to see this film as a successor to the classic HK "heroic bloodshed" genre, the first "shootout" in this character driven study of two akin minds taking place just after an hour running time, and then it isn't a "real" shootout. So if you are expecting an action movie with lots of stylish gunfights, you will be disappointed.
The classic "heroic bloodshed" films always satisfied with stylish shootouts, while the dialogues and psychology of the protagonists stayed rather shallow, barely scratched the surface (culminating in…
Before The Departed there was Infernal Affairs. Admittedly, I believe The Departed to be the better film of the two, but Infernal Affairs is still a well crafted thriller. It's a high concept idea; there are two moles, one integrated in the police but working for a crime syndicate and vice versa. There's surprisingly little violence when compared to Scorsese's remake. The thrill is in the cat and mouse chase to discover the mole before the other does.
It does go a little over the top for me though with the choice of expressive musical cues for key moments. That, and the abundant use of flashbacks feel like missteps. I already know why such a character was important, I can…
"He who is in Continuous Hell never dies. Longevity is a big hardship in Continuous Hell."
I've seen the movie 2-3 times in the past. Last time was years ago though. It was quite a bit more melodramatic and cheesier than what I recalled, heavy handed at parts. My nostalgia towards the movie is still strong and said parts don't really trouble me that much.
Before the inevitable Hollywood adaptation was brought out in 2006 (A little film called The Departed) there was the critically acclaimed original known as Infernal Affairs, the tale of identity and lies, told simply and executed well. It's a slow burn crime drama with tension racking up throughout as both men make moves to conceal their identity from the other as they become aware of each other's existence. What's also interesting throughout the course of the film is the men's identity crisis: Lau is assigned by his Triad boss to infiltrate the police force, over the course of ten years becomes a good and skilled cop and in that time seems more at ease to take on the life of…
A great central premise followed by twist after twist. Who's the good guy? Who's the bad guy? Who wins? Who Loses? It's hard to tell. What appears to be black and white is revealed to be very gray indeed. Excellent Hong Kong crime thriller!
When this movie came out, did every other director think, "Damn, I wish I'd made that"? Efficient, moving, thrilling. Loved it.
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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