Infernal Affairs - November 3rd, 2012
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Infernal Affairs
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This was a really interesting movie.  Not the least because the descriptions and whatnot of it were very misleading.  There was also a certain amount of societal commentary in it, possibly a lot, depending on how you look at it.  The descriptions tell you it's about three friends, one a photographer, one a plastic surgeon and one a financial something or other.  However, the story mostly centers around the photographer played by Jang Hyuk who has apparently just been dumped.  The opening scene has him slicing off his own fingers to stop himself from grabbing his cellphone.  That turns out to be all in his imagination and sets the tone for the film to mess with realism, at least while the camera's on Jang.  Meanwhile, the plastic surgeon friend is introduced as someone with a womanizing problem, which later comes out as a sex addiction and his regret is eventually meted out in the form of anonymous threats and an STD fear.  The third friend doesn't get much focus, but you get the impression that he's in some kind of trouble with his firm and it eventually comes out that he's been having an affair with the plastic surgeon's wife besides.

But back to Jang's character.  He's dealing with depression over his recent breakup and spends a lot of time smoking weed and seeing things that aren't there, though he later tells a doctor that he would see things even if he wasn't high.  Throughout the film he occasionally has fantasies about killing himself and further fantasies about the news reporting how inept he is at carrying them out.  To be honest, Jang really carries this film because his portrayal of a creative type dealing with manic depression is completely convincing and relateable, assuming that you fit or have fit that description.  He even seems to believe the fake doctor when she spins him a tale of being an agent from the future.  Second, in acting terms is probably the plastic surgeon who comes across as someone who is just really confused and seems to have this childlike mentality of simply responding to his urges, unable to deal with problems and he has the same amount of dismay when he realizes the trouble it's got him into.  The funny thing is how in the closing half an hour or so of the film he becomes a far more sympathetic character than the cold financial guy who is running away from everyone and everything and taking the plastic surgeon's wife with him.  The wife, by the way, is also Jang's sister and he has known about their affair all along but can't bear losing either of them as friends and has kept it a secret.

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Tags: drama, jang hyuk, korean, suspense
Raito [userpic]

This was an odd movie.  It was made in the PRC, but it appeared to be dubbed, even in the case of Kimi, who is Chinese, but the rest of the main stars were Hong Kong and were obviously all dubbed.  The dubbing wasn't as distracting as it often is to me, but it may have helped lend to the oddly detached quality the movie had.

The plot was fairly sparse, basically Kimi and Lam Suet are good for nothings who randomly get a will that makes Kimi in charge of his dad's hotel.  The dad is in a coma, but he's also not actually his dad.  Francis Ng is the adoptive son and/or manager.  There are some undoubtedly funny scenes as the two pretend to be upper class, but then things just get confusing.  Kimi wants to get money for his blind kinda-girlfriend and that's about it.  But he takes care of his not-dad in the meantime and when the dad wakes up, well, he's grateful.  It's really kind of an obvious, cheesy plot.  And other than Kimi and Lam, who were pretty animated, everyone else  basically seemed to be phoning in their performances.  Well, Christy Chung wasn't bad either.  Like I said, I really can't decide if the movie really was that detached or it just felt that way because of the dubbing.

Either way, it's clear that PRC can't make a decent Hong Kong comedy even if they are using Hong Kong stars, lol.

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Tags: chinese, comedies, kimi qiao
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