Infernal Affairs - The Departed
I have heared about Infernal Affairs since quite sometime but have never been able to get my hands on it. Fortunately with the hype of The Departed - the Martin Sorcese version of this 2002 Hong Kong movie, I was determined to get my hands on the dvd and earlier this week I picked it up from Borders.
The plot: Chan Wing Yan (Tony Leung) is an undercover cop who has infiltrated the Triad crime ring. While he hopes to carry out his mission and get Sam (the Triad's boss) arrested, he discovers that Sam too has a mole in the police department - Lau Kin Ming (Andy Lau), who is determined to expose Yan.
The movie is quite brilliant - a great cat and mouse chase. Its not your usual HK action movie. It's a taut and intense thriller, where both Yan and Lau play shades of grey. At first you are forgiven if you hate Lau as the mole in the police dept., but then due to the death of the Superintendent he has a change of heart. Lau's character is ironically reflected in the lead character of his fiancee's book. She has conjured up the lead as a man who has 28 different personalities and she struggles to figure out if she wants to paint the lead as a good or a bad guy. And that's exactly what the audience is left with at the end of the movie - deciding whether Lau is a good or a bad guy. And does one right pardon a thousand wrongs?
All in all a great movie to watch. I do intend to watch parts 2 & 3 when I can get my hands on them. And before that I would look forward to watch Sorcese's version of Infernal Affairs - The Departed. Scorcese has the original team of Felix Wong and Siu Fai Mak (who is also one of the directors of the original) helping him with the screenplay. No Scorcese movie is a never-see, but I wonder if Leo (Billy Costigan) and Matt Damon (Colin Sullivan) can do justice to the roles of Yan and Lau respectively. But I'm quite sure that Jack Nicholson's potrayal of Frank Costello aka Sam (the gang boss) would be something of a treat! The Departed opens across North America on October 6. Watch this space!