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  • Nov 15, 2006
Rating:
+3
"Infernal Affairs" is one fascinating movie with a great premise. This has been a reasonably popular movie that had generated huge buzz when it came out, and since been talked, compared and still highly regarded as unsurpassed by countless fans worldwide. The woman holding the gun on the jacket of DVD really doesn't fit the portrayal of this movie because there's not one female actress firing one, probably a marketing gimmick.

The plot to this movie is simple and strong but at the same time it's not an untouchable work of genius, it has holes like any narrative but is a fantastic example of what the East can produce with a mode come of self restraint. No special effects, no slow-mo gun play, in fact most of the violence is played out of scene, but still within earshot these people live in the information era, they have life's and lies, deception is the game. This solid drama is played out by an all star cast. Anthony Wong is understated and cool, (at times you still want to see him explode as in Beast cops or bun man,) Tony Leung is his usual mean and moody self and but it is Andy Lau's performance that really shines. A powerhouse performance underneath such a cool exterior, you'll be lucky to see him flinch, yet he portrays such intensity, constantly he plays his cards close to his chest, caught up and confused losing himself in the facade he has created.

I did notice, though, the way the female characters were used as symbols to represent the good and truthful side of life. It struck me, in connection with this, that sex and violence were being treated as opposites, whereas in many US films they are treated almost as two aspects of the same thing and as depending on one another, hardly existing independently. The conclusion of this film may come as a sort of twist to viewers. And that is what makes the film a higher rating it deserves. If you are adventurous enough to try even one Hong Kong movie, try moving forward with this one.

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January 31, 2011
moley-moley-moley!! (channels Austin Powers) LOL!
 
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     Martin Scorsese won best director for the movie “The Departed”, the same film that won Best Picture in the Academy Awards a few years ago. Sadly, some numbskull credited “Infernal Affairs” as a Japanese motion picture and to add insult to injury, the U.S. DVD release features Elva Hsiao’s head in a gun-toting woman in mini-skirts that had nothing to do with the film. Shows you how American studios disrespect Asian cinema and its fans before; …
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This film is the epitome of Hong Kong crime thrillers that it also inspired Martin Scorsese's THE DEPARTED.
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