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Archive for August, 2007

Infernal Affairs 2 : Prequel (HK 2003)

Director : Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Producer : Andrew Lau
Screenplay : Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cast : Anthong Wong, Eric Tsang, Carina Lau, Francis Ng,
Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Hu Jun

Synopsis
1991. Yan and Ming are beginning their careers in the police force. Yan is a policeman with secret links to the triad underworld, while Ming is a young triad who is actually an undercover policeman. Police Inspector Wong and Sam – who is an upcoming triad – find a common enemy in new crime boss Hau. Set during the years when political rule of Hong Kong is shifting from Britain to China, all four of these men find that there are many things which will be changing forever.

Review
by Martin Cleary

I loved the original Infernal Affairs. It was one of those real ‘sit up and pay attention’ films that restored my faith in Hong Kong cinema after a period of relatively poor output. Sometimes the memory of a really good film can be tarnished by seeing a mediocre sequel, and so it was with a certain amount of caution that I approached this sequel. I mean, a sequel couldn’t be as good as the original Infernal Affairs, could it? The answer – I was pleased to find – was that if Infernal Affairs 2 is not QUITE as good as the original, then it’s only by a small margin. This is one of those sequels that makes you take out the original and watch them both again back to back. It’s pretty chuffin’ good.

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Infernal Affairs (HK 2002)

Director : Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Produced by : Andrew Lau
Production Design : Choo Sung Pong,Wong Ching Ching
Costume Designers : Lee Pik Kwan
Photography : Andrew Lau, Lai Yun Fai
Visual Consultant : Christopher Doyle
Stunt Coordinator : Nansun Shi, John Chong
Screenplay by : Alan Mak, Felix Chong
Cast : Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Andy Lau, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang

Synopsis
Its about Yan (Tony Leung) who is a police undercover in the Triads while Ming (Andy Lau) is in the reversal of a triad undercover in the police department. Leading parallel but opposite lives, both feel the tremendous pressure trapped in their false and dangerous surroundings.

Quick View
When the Hong Kong movie industry is in a slump, Infernal Affairs popped out to shock the world with this new thriller by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Star-studded with prolific actors like Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Anthony Wong and Eric Tsang, Infernal Affairs is an all-cast blockbluster. Infernal Affairs has won the many awards in the Hong Kong Film Award, which includes Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, etc. This film is probably one of the best in the history of Hong Kong films. There will be a Western remake of Infernal Affairs which called “The Departed”, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Infection / Kansen (JAPAN 2004)

 

Director : Masayuki Ochiai
Cast : Koichi Sato, Masanobu Takashima, Mari Hoshino, Michiko Hada, Kaho Minami and Shiro Sano.

Synopsis
INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one nurse’s mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.

Review
by Edward Tang

I’m not a fan of Japanese horror flicks, mainly because they aren’t scary and seem like the same thing over and over. So for me to see this one, I probably either didn’t check to see if it was a “Japanese” horror film, or I just didn’t care that day. Milking the success from previous hits that have also been made into successful American flicks (Ringu and Ju-on), obviously anything that has those names tagged on it, will catch the eye of any fan of these movies. So I threw on “Infection”, which actually beat out “Alive” as having no point to exist. Being a horror film, it contained many of scenes where there would just be talking. Yes, talking. Then as the people became “infected”, they’d spit out green slime. Then we lead to the typically cliched ending, which really leaves no room for thought. But horror is not what I received from this piece of shit. It wasn’t a gory, it wasn’t filled with good visuals (in this film, there’s a swing moving around, ohhh), it relied on quick shots to make us JUMP, but all I did was vomit. (From anger)

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Imprint (JAPAN 2006)

Director : Takashi Miike
Cast : Billy Drago, Youki Kudoh, Michie Ito, Toshie Negishi, Shimako Iwai.

Synopsis
An American journalist in 19th century Japan is hoping to find the love he left behind. His long search leads him to a dark island where the only sanctuary is a brothel. He ends up spending the night with an interesting woman where he learns that some things are better off left in the past.

Review
by Edward Tang

Miike is a crazy man, and he’s the only reason I even cared to turn to Showtime and view the goodness. But alas! Miike’s little flick called “Imprint” was originally withheld from Showtime for, get this, being too disturbing! Miike has made a career of being disturbing (and quite hilarious, touching, poetic…) and you could just go rent “Visitor Q” to see what I’m referring to. I really had to get my hands on this, because to one quote I read on the internet which called this the “most disturbing thing I’ve ever seen.” A frantic search through the alleys of despair, I FINALLY viewed the spectacle of Miike’s goodness and I can say it delivered in the overall violent/weird images but really doesn’t break any new ground if we are going towards Takashi Miike’s awesome resume including such classics as Ichi the Killer, Fudoh or Dead or Alive.

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House of Fury (HK 2005)

Director : Stephen Fung
Cast : Anthony Wong, Stephen Fung, Michael Wong, Gillian Chung, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi and Wu Ma.

Synopsis
Yue Siu Bo is a former secret agent turned chiropractor who thought he left his past behind. However, his past catches up to him as a rogue agent demands to know the whereabouts of an agent. This agent captures Yue Siu Bo and its up to his kids to find this agent and save their dad.

Review
by Edward Tang

I’ve literally seen about 1000 Anthony Wong films in the last few months and this guy doesn’t seem to stop. I’m sure he doesn’t give a shit about scripts anymore, because lets face it, he’s a f*ckin’ actor! He’s been in so many classic films, it’s hard not to like the guy just a little bit. Since I’m a fan, I’ll usually see whatever he’s got to offer and of course I had to check out House of Fury.
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