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Anyone else seen this yet? Absolutely brilliant, first cop thriller I've enjoyed in ages.

The story opens with a gang boss with six of his latest recruits and he tells them he's sending them to the cadet academy to infiltrate the police. Around the same time the most promising cadet at the academy is chosen to go undercover and infiltrate the triads.

Most of the action takes place around six years later, with both characters effectively charged with uncovering the mole in each others organisations. Keeps going all the way to the end and doesn't pan off like some other Asian movies.

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yeah saw it this week, class film with some recognisable faces I've seen in other asian films.

I really like HK triad films, I dunno why.

I also saw Infernal Affairs II (not as good as the first, but still good) which is basically a prequal which explains how the characters got to the positions they are in in the first.

Infernal Affairs III has also just come out, which I need to see!

I recommend anyone who likes this should track down Beast Cops as well, great film starring Anthony Wong (the main older cop guy from IA).

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don't bother, IA III is a disgrace milking it dry. I can't believe I paid a fiver in RMB to see it in Beijing! Only the first one is good, and it has to be the Hong Kong version, as it has a better ending. The mandarin version was a cop out.

I sure hope the general release is the HK version :hope:

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Got it on DVD from yesasia when it first came out. Seriously good film with great chemistry between Tony & Andrew (unsuprisingly I guess) and a great performance by Antony Wong and that little fat bloke (sorry, can never remember his name.) I loved the roof top shots with that crisp blue tint effect and the general themes of identity and loyalty that ran through it.

The version I got of the 2nd one had the most unreadable subtitles ever but as the 3rd one came through the post last week i really need to watch it!

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The ending shown in the (UK) version I saw was a surprise, a nice one though.

I'm gonna go against the grain here. I'd like to see a dubbed version - I can't help feeling that I'm missing loads by reading the subtitles.

I quite fancy seeing the Hollywood remake

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well from a purely aesthetic angle I absolutely loved the way it was shot and cut. Gave policing a much more somber and calculated view than in most thrillers of its ilk. As for the plot, it impressed me how little they felt the need to play things out with theatrics and instead used well thought out dialogue and subtle acting (a first in a hong kong movie) to portray two men with conflicting ideals. It made me think about how tough being undercover must be when surrounded by the people you are trying to nail, and also how clever and intricate that level of policing has to be in order to succeed.

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  • 5 months later...

Just watched it today, both endings. I was very impressed I have to say, I shall be watching Internal Affairs II in the next few days too.

I was also impressed with the way it was shot, maybe that's because I'm used to 70s Asian movies but...

The Times said this was trying to be like The Godfather, but I think that I disagree.

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Well i think the poster is very misleading. Its a slow burning drama as opposed to a hong kong action movie.

But what do I know

you're right, the poster has a gun on it and the trailer basically has all the parts where action occurs, so people assume it's an action film.

I think it's a classy film but you need to concentrate when watching it.

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I finally watched it last night. I was quite drunk so the opening acts were tricky to follow, but I just about managed it.

Quality film, especially liked the ending. Felt great empathy for the characters. Need to see it again sober, but I'm glad it lived up to the hype.

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*cough* Check the Trading Folder for the second one *cough*

I found a bit of it hard to follow too, definately a sober movie. The alternate ending wasn't up to much though.

SPOLIER: All that happened differently was that instead of holding out his card at the end, he was arrested.

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  • 13 years later...

I dug this out again as a Christmas movie (the hi-fi shop bits are in the true spirit of Commercialismus, so it counts) and it’s still wonderful. 

 

What the hell was Scorsese thinking with Departed? That film is a disgrace by comparison, it strips out everything decent and leaves a soggy cardboard mess in its place.

 

As an added bonus, I realised I’ve got the dvds of 2&3 and still not seen either. I think I bought them all off someone on here.

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7 hours ago, Naieve said:

2 (the prequal) is pretty good. 3 was a bit of a mess.

 

I remember coming out of the first one shocked at the ending and walking home in a bit of a daze. I enjoyed all the ridiculous performances in the Departed but it doesn't really compare.

 

I found The Departed unwatchable. There was far too much swearing for my tastes. 

 

The original and sequel were phenomenal films. Truly awesome!

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