The Departed, which is based on the Hong Kong film, Infernal Affairs, was a film I saw when it first came out at the cinemas and thought was amazing, so I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get around to watching the original film that The Departed was based on.
I’ve seen heaps of Asian films over the years and many of the American remakes, but have always found the originals to be better. So, seeing as how I loved The Departed so much, I was expecting amazing things from the original.
Infernal Affairs follows the very separate lives of two men, though not as separate as they both think. Tony Leung plays Chen Wing-Yan, an undercover cop who has been living with a crime family in Hong Kong for 10 years. Andy Lau plays Lau Kin-Ming, a criminal who has established himself within the Hong Kong police force over the last 10 years and now has a high ranking.
Now, this story gets so complicated with the intertwining stories that it’s hard to describe it in only a few sentences. However, I’ll just say that these two character’s lives interweave throughout the story which keeps you enthralled to the very end.
Even though the storyline is very complicated I never found it got out of hand and was able to retain most of the story in order in my head. However, for the first time ever I have to say that the American remake was better! That’s not to say this film wasn’t really good, because it was, but The Departed just took what was already good and made it great.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!