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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Raito [userpic]

I.....think I liked this movie. Or maybe I'm just being shallow because Chen Kun and Shawn Yue were extremely nice to look at. The problem comes with the pacing, which, I'm starting to realize, is Jingle Ma's biggest failure as a director. The plot wasn't entirely nonexistent, you could sort of understand how it got set up that way. And I guessed the villain right about as the shit started hitting the fan. The only problem with the love story though, was that I only saw any kind of convincing emotion from the girl. The guys just reminded me of Jordan Chan in Shopaholics; they just wanted what the other guy had.

Some setup. Shawn Yue is probably the cop of the title. He's rich, but only by virtue of his dad, and he uses his dad's money to solve crimes. Like catching poor Philip Ng at the start. Amg, I hope that man gets some real roles soon, he's such a qt. (that's not why, but how sidetracked do you want me to get here?) Then, Chen Kun comes in as a rich cop from the Mainland (yes, we buy that), and naturally the two hate each other at first sight, well, actually Shawn hates him, it's not really clear that Chen returns the favor. But Chen is looking for his brother's killer.

And that's basically the plot. It meanders around at a leisurely pace, with occasional bursts of action. Then suddenly, with about 30 minutes left to go, it turns into New Police Story. And the two leads look about as shellshocked as the audience (i.e. me) when it does. It's like, wtf, did I accidentally put in another movie? All of a sudden we have an over-the-top, twisted bad guy, a crapload of money, uncomfortable psychological games and an eventual bloody outcome. And in spite of it all, it still fails to wring much emotion from you.

One thing I will say though, it was nice that they let Chen Kun speak Mandarin, instead of having to be dubbed into Canto. He actually did speak it at the start and sounded decent though, lol. And even though all the Canto speakers understood him and vice versa, which is probably not likely, I was able to suspend that disbelief because I'd always rather hear the actor's own voice. I wish both places would do that more often. Isn't that what the Chinese subs are for anyway? C'mon.

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Music MoNoLith – Fairy-tale
Tags: action, buddy, chen kun, crime, shawn yue
Raito [userpic]

A somewhat suspenseful, but rather slow-moving crime drama starring Sorimachi Takashi and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The latter plays Nango-san, a prison guard who once had to execute a man he believed to be remorseful. In the movie's present, he is trying to find the real killer to free a man who may be falsely imprisoned and on death row. Sorimachi plays Junichi, a man just released from prison after killing a man accidentally.

The two go about trying to find this other killer, neither saying much, and honestly, the movie really does drag for about an hour. Then, random things start popping up. The guy with no watch. Similarly, Junichi doesn't wear a watch, and in this very same conversation, you notice the scar on his forearm. That comes into play later. And things get somewhat complicated from there, with a little more action as well.

It's not a complex mystery, more of a treatise on who deserves to die. Terada? Who really did kill three people, but was remorseful and became a Christian. Samura? Either senior or junior. The latter was a clearly a shitty piece of work. Junichi? He intended to kill the man he accidentally killed. The guy who really killed the people Kehara is on death row for? Nango-san? I felt like the movie was asking these questions, but didn't necessarily answer them. Certainly not in the heavy-handed method of Hollywood films trying to impart a message.

Tbh though, my point of view is that Samura and his pals deserved to die. But I have a pretty harsh attitude towards anyone committing a crime with malicious intent like that. The world could do with less people anyhow.

Sorimachi is, though, a fairly incredible actor.  Once again, this role was completely different than anything else I've seen him in, and he easily sold it.  It's really criminal he hasn't been in more movies.

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Tags: crime, drama, jmovie, sorimachi takashi
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