Movie recommendation time

I am going to plug a movie that many of you will probably not give a shit about because:

1) It’s from Hong Kong
2) It has subtitles
3) You suck

Actually it’s a series of movies, not just one. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t but you at least owe it to yourself to check it out if you have the means. You probably won’t be able to get it anywhere in the US (well, maybe if you know a good import shop or something) but you can easily get it online.

Infernal Affairs was probably one of the best movies i’d seen this year. The movie was actually released sometime in December 2002 i think but i only got the chance to watch it this year after i got back home from Michigan. It totally floored me. It was good. How good you ask?

22nd Annual Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Winner – Best Picture
  • Winner – Best Director (Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak Siu-Fai)
  • Winner – Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
  • Winner – Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang)
  • Winner – Best Screenplay (Alan Mak Siu-Fai, Felix Chong)
  • Winner – Best Editing (Danny Pang, Pang Ching-Hei)
  • Winner – Best Original Song (performed by Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor (Eric Tsang Chi-Wai)
  • Nomination – Best Supporting Actor (Chapman To Man-Chat)
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography (Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Lai Yiu-Fai)
  • Nomination – Best Costume Design (Lee Pik-Kwan)
  • Nomination – Best Action Design (Dion Lam Dik-On)
  • Nomination – Best Original Score (Chan Kwong-Wing)
  • Nomination – Best Sound Effects (Tsang King-Cheung)
  • Nomination – Best Visual Effects

    40th Annual Golden Horse Awards

  • Winner – Best Picture
  • Winner – Best Director (Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak Siu-Fai)
  • Winner – Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
  • Winner – Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang)
  • Winner – Best Sound Effects (Tsang King-Cheung)
  • Nomination – Best Original Screenplay (Alan Mak Siu-Fai, Felix Chong)
  • Nomination – Best Editing (Danny Pang, Pang Ching-Hei)
  • Nomination – Best Cinematography (Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Lai Yiu-Fai)
  • Nomination – Best Art Direction (Choo Sung Pong, Wong Ching-Ching)
  • Nomination – Best Action Design (Dion Lam Dik-On)

    8th Annual Golden Bauhinia Awards

  • Winner – Best Picture
  • Winner – Best Director (Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak Siu-Fai)
  • Winner – Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
  • Winner – Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang)
  • Winner – Best Screenplay (Alan Mak Siu-Fai, Felix Chong)

    Yeah. I’d say it was a pretty good movie.

    I just recently picked up the sequel to the movie, Infernal Affairs 2, on DVD (it’s actually the prequel really). I finally got around to watching it a coupla days ago and while it wasn’t as good as the first one, watching it actually made the first movie even better. If that makes any sense. Okay so maybe it sort of was a bit better than the first one but i personally just couldn’t like it as much because Tony Leung wasn’t in it (Tony Leung is THE MAN). I probably would’ve seen it earlier (around when it was first released about 2 months ago in October but the fucking bootleg VCD copy only had chinese and malay subs on it. No english. Oh well. Anyhow, the movie just came out on DVD about a week ago so yeah, i just had to get it.

    What REALLY surprised me though, is the fact that Infernal Affairs 3 IS ALREADY OUT. Came out just a coupla days ago.

    Holy crap. Part 2 only just came out like what? 2 months ago? And now there’s already a part 3??

    Damn. They make movies in Hong Kong faster than i ejaculate during sex.

    How did i not even know about IA 3? I mean, i was totally following all the pre-release hype prior to the release of part 2 but how did i not even hear a single thing about there being a part 3 also in the works? Maybe i should’ve just kept reading up about IA 2 post release. That’s probably when they announced part 3.

    Man. That’s like what? Only a 2 month wait between sequels? Eat your heart out Matrix and Kill Bill. And IA 3 wasn’t even shot back to back or anything. Hong Kong wins!

    I’m not gonna post up any plot descriptions of the movie. Or even a review or anything. You can go look them up using google or something. Or maybe i’ll leave you with some links to some reviews and sites where you can get them on DVD.

    But what i will give you are some rough comparisons though.

    Best comparison of IA 1 i can make? Donnie Brasco. Sort of.

    Best compasion of IA 2 i can make? Godfather 2 (even though i’ve never actually seen Godfather 2 [or any of the Godfather flicks for that matter. please don’t lynch me] but that’s what i’ve heard anyway).

    Best comparison of IA 3 i can make is to…

    …well i haven’t actually seen IA 3 yet but i’ll probably pick it up on VCD next week or something. Hopefully it’ll have fucking GOOD english subs i hope. None of that malay/chinese crap. But even then it’s probably gonna be horribly mistranslated english so i’ll probably have to wait till it officially comes out on DVD.

    In which case i would normally get the bootleg copies just like how i’ve been doing with IA 1 and IA 2 but by the time IA 3 is out on DVD, i’ll be in Michigan and i sure as hell am not paying 20 – 40 bucks for an import DVD when i can just get the bootleg over here for US$2 bucks. But then i won’t be here so i guess i’m pretty much fucked either way. Goddamn. I think i’ll go masturbate to Avril Lavigne after this to make myself feel better.

    Anyhow, i’m hoping 3 will be better than 2. It probably will be since it’s gonna have Tony Leung in it again. I love that guy.

    Speaking of which, i strongly urge that you avoid reading reviews of part 2 and 3 if possible because they WILL contain spoilers for part 1. Actually, fuck it, just avoid reading ANY reviews for any of these movies and just watch it without any preconceptions.

    But hey, if you’re really interested, then i guess these reviews down here for IA 1 won’t hurt.

  • Rotten Tomatoes (100% rating)
  • Review 1
  • Review 2
  • Review 3

    But avoid reviews for 2 and 3 if you’re planning on actually seeing these movies as a whole some day.

    Official websites (in english too) for all three movies:

  • Infernal Affairs
  • Infernal Affairs 2
  • Infernal Affairs 3

    Trailer for Infernal Affairs 3 if you’re ready for it:

  • Infernal Affairs 3 Trailer

    If you wanna buy the DVD:

  • Buy Infernal Affairs
  • Buy Infernal Affairs 2
  • Buy Infernal Affairs 2 Special Edition

    Or you can always search for it on Ebay or something for an even lower price.

    I don’t think there’ll be a part 4. At least i hope not. But then again Andrew Lau (the director) did make like 6 or something sequels to his other chinese gangster movie franchise ‘Young And Dangerous’. Just hope there won’t be an Infernal Affairs in space or whatever.

    By the way, Kelly Chen if FUCKING HOT. *fap fap*

    Chinese chicks can be so hot sometimes.

    Just like Zhang Ziyi… mmm. Zhang Ziyi.

    Too bad she can’t speak english for shit though. Did you hear her at the MTV movie awards a coupla years back? Holy shit. And judging from her performance in Hero, she makes strange sounds in bed.

    I’d still do her though.

  • 17 thoughts on “Movie recommendation time

    1. ewwwwwww but it’s FOREIGN

      #1 | Comment by radish01001 — December 17, 2003 @ 1:25 pm

    2. woah…

      #2 | Comment by bligityblah — December 17, 2003 @ 1:26 pm

    3. you haven’t seen godfather. that’s where i stopped reading.

      i can’t believe you rant on and on and on and on about movies 24/7 and yet you never even seen the godfather. what’s next? You haven’t had time to check out star wars either?

      le douche.

      #3 | Comment by sex — December 17, 2003 @ 1:39 pm

    4. oh. and i’ll be sure to pick up infernal affairs next time I can get it for $.50 at the local pirate store. oh wait. I don’t live in brunei.

      damn. i guess i won’t be seeing it.

      #4 | Comment by sexcrazedweasel — December 17, 2003 @ 1:41 pm

    5. No that’s me, I have over 100 DVDs without ever seeing any Godfather, Original Starwars , or LOTR…God damn I hate Elijah Wood!!!

      #5 | Comment by bligityblah — December 17, 2003 @ 1:43 pm

    6. Hey I’m ordering the first Infernal Affairs and that Hero movie…shit, you should be making a commission off this stuff.

      #6 | Comment by kevin — December 17, 2003 @ 3:09 pm

    7. To anyone buying the hype… Infernal Affairs Trilogy isn’t as good as people say it is. It’s certainly one of the better films to come outta HK in recent years, but not worthy of comparisons to movies like the Godfather Trilogy…

      so don’t listen to all the hype. It’s a good movie that’s more deserving of your time than say Pirates of the Carribean… but not the epic people portray it to be…

      And to those non-asians who are dying to see it now, well that’s good I’m glad your getting a taste of HK cinema, but don’t let the enthusiasm of others for the film set you up for a let down…

      #7 | Comment by AlphaPrimal — December 17, 2003 @ 3:39 pm

    8. Most of my HK movie knowledge comes from Chow Yun-Fat movies. I don’t at all mind watching subtitles, I find them easier to handle than an English voiceover. And you’re right, Justin: from the one movie that I’ve seen with him (Hard Boiled), Tony Leung is the man. You’ve sold me — I’ll keep an eye out for Infernal Affairs.

      *fires up Kazaa Lite*

      I tried watching the Godfather Saga probably twelve years ago and had to turn it off because I was bored. That will probably get me flamed, but I’m willing to give it another try now that I’m older and, er… wiser.

      #8 | Comment by Mandarin — December 17, 2003 @ 5:29 pm

    9. bligityblah – you just lost all respect i ever had for you.
      Your opinions on anything from now on will be tainted by this fact.

      #9 | Comment by NGEddie — December 17, 2003 @ 6:07 pm

    10. Ooh… Zhang… Actually, that sounds like something Wayne Campbell (as in, Wayne’s World) would say about a hot oriental chick. Y’know, he might’ve actually said that about Tia Carrere. Anyway, yeah, Zhang Ziyi: Wicked hot.

      Or, maybe it goes to prove a theory one of my friends had back in high school: She said, "Umgawa, you’re just attracted to broads who could beat the shit out of you," but she didn’t call me Umgawa and she didn’t use the word ‘broads.’ (that’s my artistic license) She was probably right, given that I turn into a Tex Avery cartoon every time I see Lady Deathstrike in the second X-Men movie. But, she can’t have a fucked-up nose, because I just wasn’t attracted at all to that one bodyguard chick in Kill Bill. Man’s got to have his limitations.

      By the way, I just watched the new Lord of the Rings movie, and I swear there were about eight times when it looked like Sam and Frodo were going to just start fucking each other. Two of those times, they were going to include Gollum.

      #10 | Comment by Umgawa — December 17, 2003 @ 6:09 pm

    11. LOTR is all about the man love between two short, hairy, underdeveloped man beasts.

      You didn’t really think it had anything to do with a "ring"?

      …cock ring maybe…

      #11 | Comment by sexcrazedweasel — December 17, 2003 @ 7:52 pm

    12. the young and the dangerous was shit. despite it being the ‘inspiration’ for asian triads et al, seems a bit shallow and lacking depth to be anything exceptionally good. though, i havent seen infernal affairs, but hear good things; from honky’s no less.

      #12 | Comment by kelvin — December 17, 2003 @ 8:14 pm

    13. heh, if any of you plan to watch infernal affairs, just watch the first one. like a few other trilogies, the prequels/sequels just suck ass, compared to the original first one. best hong kong i’ve seen ever without the ever so hot, maggie q. justin, if you’re reading this, find some pictures of her, she’s fucking smoking…

      #13 | Comment by william — December 17, 2003 @ 11:20 pm

    14. Kvl, you must be thinking of either Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Rush Hour 2.

      #14 | Comment by Mandarin — December 20, 2003 @ 3:06 am

    15. that zhang ziyi chick is pretty hot…what the hell has she been in before? cause i think i have seen her in a movie.
      Anyways, the only HK movie i have seen recently is that Shaolin soccer movie with the kung fu fighting socccer players who kick the ball really really fast. Now thats a funny movie. IF it was poorly dubbed, like the story of ricky, then it would be pure gold. Gold i say, Gold!!!

      #15 | Comment by kvl — December 20, 2003 @ 12:29 pm

    16. actually its probally both, though i only really enjoyed crouching tiger…. rush hour 2 kinda sucked ass. But yeah, that zhang chick is pretty hot, but i think the chick from the movie "who am i? " starring Jackie Chan had a hotter chick. She was the one who was half Japanese and half white or whatever….damn now that is some fine poon-tang… she was a hottie, though i have no clue in her name. She is simply the hottie from that random old funny JAckie Chan movie.

      #16 | Comment by kvl — December 20, 2003 @ 4:21 pm

    17. […] (Speaking of which, whoever cut the trailer for ‘The Departed‘, what the fuck? Ya, why not just show the whole movie in the trailer why don’t you. That said, i’m still intrigued by what changes they had to make to American-ize Boston-ize the flick, which, if you didn’t already know, is a remake of the Hong Kong hit movie, Infernal Affairs. But anyway… back to The Descent…) […]

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