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cacb3995's Movie Reviews (26)

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Infernal Affairs ( Mou gaan dou ) 
Hong Kong Crime Thriller
2.5/4 stars

Andrew Lau and Alan Mak direct “Infernal Affairs”, a 2002 crime thriller that takes place in Hong Kong. A hit at the time of its release, it achieved a certain level of international success, enough to catch the attention of american film legend Martin Scorsese. He then went on to remake the film with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson in 2006; the title of the remake was “The Departed”, what propelled Scorsese to his first ever Best Picture and Director Oscar in his career, and the rest is history. Being a big fan of “The Departed” I wanted to watch the original version for quite some time now, and now I’ve finally gotten around to do it. While I did find Lau’s and Mak’s film to be pretty good and entertainment, I can’t deny that it pales in comparison to Scorsese’s treatment of the story. And yet, it is actually unfair to compare the movie (or any other movie for that fact) with one of the masterpieces of one of the greatest living directors, but its inevitable since I saw “The Departed” way before watching this one. Still, I’ll try to refrain from drawing too heavy comparisons in this review.

If you’ve seen “The Departed” you know the basic story: Chan (Tony Leung) is an undercover police officer working as a mole in a Hong Kong triad ruled by Hon Sam (Eric Tsang). At the same time, Sam has Lau (Andy Lau) infiltrate the police department to spy on their operations and always be one step ahead of them. As both parties become aware of the situation, both Chan and Leung are tasked with finding themselves and each other.

Full review at: https://breakingthefourthwallsite.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/infernal-affairs-hong-kong-crime-thriller/


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