Infernal Affairs
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Infernal Affairs
Hello, you've reached Raito's movie review blog. Most of what you'll find here is reviews of Chinese movies, because that's pretty much all I watch. :'D

November 2012
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I just realized that I've posted a long line of sub-par movies.  For some reason I'm more motivated to write reviews of BAD movies, lol.  Nevertheless, here's a rundown of some other recent viewings.

A Crowd of Three (2010) - Unfortunately this movie wasn't very good either.  Three vastly unlikable characters go on a roadtrip to visit one of the characters pedo brother who's in prison.  I'm not entirely sure what they hoped to find out from him, I think the brother thought he'd break him out, but that didn't work out.  Even Matsuda Shota can't save this too-long unpleasant film.

The Great Magician (2011) - My viewing of this movie was somewhat tainted by subs that kept garbling up in probably-important places.  As great as it is to see Tony Leung on-screen again, his performance was rather bland, as though he was just trying to pick up a paycheck while waiting for Grandmasters to finally come out.  Zhou Xun was fun and Lau Ching Wan was a riot, but I really can't remember much about the plot, which admittedly, could have to do with the subs.  Oh well, it was nice to look at and the soundtrack was fantastic.

Love On Credit (2011) - Ok, now this movie I actually enjoyed.  Starring Lin Chi-Ling playing twin sisters with man problems, it was beautifully shot and had a good soundtrack as well.  It's somewhat of a romcom, as in, it was occasionally funny, but generally quirky.  What stood out most to me was Lin's excellent acting.  I see her getting ragged on quite a bit and I haven't seen her in much, but she was great in this.  I actually did not realize that both of the sisters were her until the end.  Chen Kun played one of the boyfriends and he was great as usual, but I would have liked to see him more. *cough*

Mood blahMood blah
Music 马天宇 – 那些花儿
Tags: chen kun, driveby, fantasy, jmovie, lau ching wan, lin chi-ling, romance, romcoms, tony leung, zhou xun
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In an attempt to erase the most recent clunkers out of my mind, I watched this classic. This movie is so good, even the music alone is worth the price of admission. Of course I'm biased towards Andy Lau, but for once, his is not the top performance, but only one of the top performances. Tony Leung, Eric Tsang, and even under-used Anthony Wong are all great. Anthony Wong gets a better chance in the other two entries in the series. But he was still good in the short time he had.

What happens is probably familiar to anyone who's seen 'The Departed', but it's hard to recommend this film on its own, even though it definitely stands on its own. You just have to see the next two entries in the series. Once you know all that, you can come back and watch this movie by itself and it's completely different. I know, because the first time I saw it, I was kinda like, that's it?

So Andy Lau is the mole. That is, the gangster infiltrating the cops. And Tony Leung is the undercover cop. The two thwart each other behind the scenes, while in front of the scenes, Sam (Eric Tsang) and SP Wong (Anthony Wong) thwart each other in front of the scenes. However, their relationship is more complicated than what's portrayed in this film. It's hard to fully appreciate it until you've seen the next two.

Without continuing to harp on the necessity of seeing the next two, I'll move to the acting. Eric Tsang is one of my favorite performances. He's somehow intense and fatherly at the same time.  And I think he conveys that even in this movie alone without all the other backstory.  Tony Leung is good, but his role is fleshed out more later, and Shawn Yue made a perfect him.  You can even see that in this movie.

Andy Lau, yes, Andy Lau still probably gets the most screen time.  His character is smooth, cold and calculating, somewhat smarmy, but not easily painted as the villain either.  Not like the guy in The Departed.  That's what I like most about this trilogy, tbh.  Is the blurring of the lines.  Who's good and who's bad.  It's not very cut and dry.  Even the bad guys aren't bad all the time.

I have to say though, this movie is amazing to watch all on its own once you've seen them all.  Because, in spite of the others providing much needed backstory and complexity, they're not as good in total package terms.  It's almost like they're just there to make this one better the second time.

Mood impressedMood impressed
Tags: andy lau, classics, tony leung, triads
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