RAW FEED: DVD Shelf Foreign Flix Ep 4: Infernal Affairs

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The DVD Shelf Foreign Flix kicks off the new year with a look at the famed 2002 Chinese crime thriller, Infernal Affairs. This film would go on to inspire the main premise behind Martin Scorsese’s star-studded Oscar-winning drama from 2006, The Departed. Even though it is also very highly regarded, is ‘The Departed’ simply yet another typical Americanization of a popular Asian film or can it stand on its own? Find out right here and make sure to check out more movie reviews at HappyDragonPictures.com!

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  • Muthsarah

    Did the Hong Kong version have whole scenes of nothing but cops swearing at each other and talking about screwing each other’s mothers? Instead of, well, doing something relevant? Or did Scorsese completely make those up too?

    I should check this one out. I liked the premise, and I suspect the original version might have a bit more restraint. The clips you’re showing are devoid of dialogue; is it more of a tense, atmospheric film (even Wong Kar-Wai-ish), or is it talkier and shoutier, like The Departed?

  • Thomas Stockel

    I love the hell out of this movie, although it’s hard for me to say whether or not I like The Departed as much or more. They are both outstanding and different enough so it feels like I am watching two very different films, even though the basic story is the same. Anyway, I say a “5” is well deserved.