Sunday, January 23, 2005

Infernal Affairs

My final Netflix spin was Infernal Affairs, an excellent Hong Kong movie about a mole in the police--

Holy crap, there was just a huge rush here at the Kaplan center. The other KSA wasn't here yet and I was working the desk alone and there were tons of people and I couldn't find the overhead projector for the NCLEX teacher and Phyllis, who I know from Berkeley Kaplan, is teaching an SAT class here now and she had to pitch in and help at the desk but then her class was starting--


Anyway, in Infernal Affairs, a gang places a mole in the police academy while the police place a promising young recruit undercover in the underworld. Ten years later, both moles have worked themselves up to prominent positions in their respective organizations. They both have to go through all the pressure and angst of living double lives. But when a sting is thwarted because both sides know each other's every move, the bosses realize they both have a mole, and each assigns their most trusted man to find out who it is. Guess who they choose.

It's clever and well done. The word is Scorcese or Brad Pitt or someone has their eye on the American remake. The original stars Andy Lau and Tony Leung, both big names if you're into the scene. I know Andy Lau from the stylish and hilarious Fulltime Killer. Tony Leung is in everything (Hero, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express...). They're both great here, with Leung sporting a shaggy 'do and ratty facial hair that make him look like Phil Hentell.

Worth checking out.


Anonymous said...
So far it looks like matt damon, leo dicaprio, and mark wahlberg are going to be in it. Have you gotten a chance to check out the sequels?

Anonymous said...

That's who they cast for the American version? That's an f'ing shame. Even with the Phil Hentell-like ratty facial hair Tony Leung kicks ass.