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    Infernal Affairs trilogy

    Whack a mole

    Continued | Back to part 2

    Part 3 of "Infernal Affairs" is, to put it succinctly, a mess! It begins in mid-story, assumes (probably correctly) that everyone watching has seen Parts 1 and 2 and then proceeds to disappoint at every turn.

    Directed by: Lau Wai Keung, Mak Siu Fai.
    Written by: Felix Chong, Mak Siu Fai.
    Cast: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Elva Hsiao, To Man-chat, Lam Ka Tung, Ng Ting Yip, Dion Lam, Keung Wan Chi.
    Cinematography: Lai Yiu-Fai, Lau Wai Keung.
    Edited by: Pang Ching Hei, Danny Pang.
    In Cantonese with English subtitles.

    Related links: Official site
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     Bad Education
     House of Flying Daggers
     Infernal Affairs trilogy
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     Notre Musique
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    • Sideways
     Triple Agent
     Woman Is the Future of Man
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     Official site
    The time jumps here are merely confusing. Script-wise, it's as tired as its characters are by now, and it's far less engaging visually. While there's momentary amusement in the handling of Ming's current menial office job, overall the concept just runs out of steam. Sometimes you just have to know when to "fold 'em."

    The ultimate American hybrid of all this cinematic cross-pollination appears (for better or for worse) in the films of Hong Kong fan Quentin Tarentino's "Kill Bill" and even "Pulp Fiction." It should come as no surprise that an American remake of "IA-1" is in the works (the surprise may be that it will be directed by Martin Scorsese) to star Matt Damon and Leonardo DeCaprio. I beg you to see the original before the remake!

    A final note on that Scorsese remake. Currently titled "The Departed," it's set in Boston, and will involve moles and counter moles in both the police department and an Irish gang. I can only hope that Danny DeVito gets to play Sam's role for another chance at the Oscar.

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    NOVEMBER 3, 2004

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