Directed by Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak.
Written by Felix Chong and Siu Fai Mak.
Starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai.
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 5/2/03
This Hong Kong crime drama, the winner of
multiple awards from its home country at its Oscar equivalent this
year, has just been snapped up by the Hollywood machine with Brad
Pitt attached to star. One can see why. A solid effort by all
involved, the story of two men--one a mole for the cops in a local
gang, one a mole for the same local gang with the police force--is
often tense as they play a drawn-out game of cat-and-mouse to help
their respective sides. Andy Lau (“Fulltime Killer”) is great as
the dirty cop, but Tony Leung is better as the shadowy undercover
cop that is so deep that he doesn’t even remember his real
birthday. (Aren’t all undercover cops this way in the movies? I
love it--person is so far undercover they forget when they are
born. Genius.) Going against Hong Kong type, the body count is
very low in “Infernal Affairs”, but what looks like acting, pacing
and story make up for that in a rarity for Hong Kong cinema. Catch
it on video--strong stuff.
Rating: $9.50 Show
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exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard