Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oscars for Infernal Affairs Remake

It didn't come as a total surprise that The Departed has won the Oscars for Best Movie. It is indeed a great movie with a heavyweight cast.

It's also a remake of the Hong Kong hit called Infernal Affairs starring Tony Leung and Andy Lau.

Nevertheless, it's a true honour for the Hong Kong movie industry. This is because most Asian movies simply ape Hollywood movies. But in this case, Hollywood has mimicked an Asian movie and reached the apex.

But I still feel that the Infernal Affairs trilogy is superior to The Departed. Tony Leung and Andy Lau have played their roles better than their counterparts in The Departed. And the Cantonese movie has shown a more intricate psychological profile of the main characters in Infernal Affairs.

Unfortunately, Hollywood has a bigger audience and American movie-goers will probably remember The Departed more than Infernal Affairs.

But there is a lesson here somewhere: Asian movie producers should aim big and should not simply copy Hollywood.

After all, Asia has plenty of interesting stories to tell.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And as if to add further insult and shows the ignorance of all these americans, the announcer actually said it was adapted screenplay based on a Japanese movie!!! KNNCCB these chao angmo full of sai.

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