Infernal Affairs : Every scene is breathtaking

Every scene is breathtaking

This movie came out 9 years ago, and stunned the Hong Kong cinema with
its great cinematography, overwhelmingly great performances,
ashtonishing soundtrack, and just a CLEVER and intelligent story to
tell.

9 years ago I watched the movie, and now today, 9 years later I watched
the movie again, and the movie surprised me again with new inventive
clues, twists, and even more depth in the characters.

From start to end, every scene is as breathtaking - compare the use,
the expertise with colors and the colourpalet with Zhang Yimou's Hero,
or Wong Kar Wai's repertoire - every scenery is truly an artwork - look
at the long shots, look at the styling.

So why do I love this movie - to start with the intensity of the
actors. Tony Leung, as always has the quality to render every possible
emotion with credibility and intensity. Andy Lau speaks his eyes, and
strong and sharp gestures. The scene is the audio shop is a true
classic as we see our protagonist and antagonist (however.. this is the
discutable part - who is the true good guy and bad guy;) meeting in an
ambiance with no offence - SHARING on the surface their passion for
music (and as we shall discover, they even share more roles then they
could imagine). I would say that this scene is as classical as the
openingsscene of Inglourious Bastards where we would meet the superb
Christoph Walz creating this suspense you want to bite your nails off.

How to determine whether you are watching a great movie is to 'watch'
the pace of the movie - as I can say; the pace of the movie is fast -
the story unfolds smoothly and gives you an indept insight into human
nature.

Are there any minor points- there are: the roles of Kelly Chen of Sammi
Cheng are slightly redundant, as they - particularly Kelly not so
effective - play the love interests of the main characters. Where as I
do appreciate Sammi as a singer, she doesn't seem to be able to deliver
versatile performances.

The soundtrack is literally sublime as it manages to transcribe the
aimed emotions. Recall scene in the audio store, as Inspector Wong hit
the car and when Tony is shot in the head.

I definitely would rate this movie a 10, as you can list this movie
along with Wong Kar Wais Chung King Express - Zhang Yi Mou's Hero - as
it is both an important piece of art, insight into human psychology,
the ever intriguing balance and quest of evil and bad, and reference to
Hong Kong culture.


Re: Every scene is breathtaking

well said! One of my favorite posts on imdb this year! Good stuff!

Re: Every scene is breathtaking

Thank you!

Re: Every scene is breathtaking

This movie is the Messiah of the Hong Kong movie industry, and it is the most influential movie of all time. After the success of IF, there were plenty of copycat movies came out.
And it created the final trend of, honest and pure police-gangsters-thriller-mystery style movie in Hong Kong.
Because few years later, most of the Hong Kong movies aimed the Mainland China market and followed the censorship ruled by the authority.
That means there will be no more bad cops-good cops stories, extraordinary ending, something dark and violence. Hong Kong movies became more straight forward and naive in these few years after the end of the IF era.

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Re: Every scene is breathtaking

well, how do you think of The Departed ?

Re: Every scene is breathtaking

@Zhulihui22,

We are now living in 2017, and Mou Gaan Dou still counts as one of the finest of Hong Kong cinema. This movie revolutionised the movie industry, and HK detective- / cop movies are still being measured against MGD. That's the kind of impact this movie had on the industry. Can the same be said about.. The Departed?

It's a nice tribute to the original (MGD), but in no way it can measure up to Mou Gaan Dou. Ofcourse, it's also a matter of taste; if you are looking for a typical Hollywood action movie set up, with fast pace and straight in your face action, than The Departed will suit your taste buds.

In my humble opinion, Mou Gaan Dou is a poetic, deeply psychological tale exploring complex themes such as internal and external identities, good vs bad with pinches of religion and philosophy. The opening scene where the Buddhistic verse is being recited within an 'evil' context - 'gangster youngsters being schooled into infiltrators, that's the exact nature of this movie. There's a thin ambiguous line between good and evil and even faith plays a role on which side you eventually end up.. or choose to end up.

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Re: Every scene is breathtaking

Mou gaan dou was remade as “the departed”.
The Departed Top Rated Movies #43
Mou gaan dou Top Rated Movies #241
In imdb,the former is more popular than the latter.

Re: Every scene is breathtaking

Yes, and what do you think then?

Do you like The Departed better?

Re: Every scene is breathtaking

Actually,i like Mou gaan dou.
I just have a question.
like Old Boy, The Secret in Their Eyes, they were all remade.
But ratings are not as good as original.
Why Mou gaan dou is a exception?
alas......

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