The Departed

By Bryan • entertainment • 13 Nov 2006

Blogging from Starbucks (first wireless entry…I’m a dork).

I finally managed to track down a decent copy of The Departed, although (as with all shitty Russian bootlegs) there was some audio overlaps with the credit music playing about two thirds of the way through. For those of you who are unaware The Departed is North American remake of the first (2nd in the Trilogy) IInfernal Affairs (Wu Jian Dao) installment. I say ‘remake’ because I feel that is exactly what it is, despite reviews claiming that it isn’t. I swear, some of the reviewers haven’t even seen Infernal Affairs. With the exception of some minor side stories, character additions, the North American Irish gang setting and a much more grittier take on the story, the scenes play almost simultaneously. I was expecting the Scorsese version to be much different. That said, each film outperformed one another in different areas. The Departed is, like I said previously, far more violent and crude (given the more blue collar as opposed to the upper end Hong Kong setting) than the original and, being in English, nothing is lost in subtitle translation. Wahlburg, DiCaprio and Damon are all badass in this movie and brilliantly play off one another. However, I felt that the character involvement and betrayal peaked better in the original, probably because I saw it first and wasn’t expecting anything, whereas as soon as I realized The Departed was almost a scene by scene reproduction of the original, I wasn’t too surprised by the outcomes.

Fantastic movies, both. Apparently the Korean masterpiece Old Boy is getting a North American remake as well. Hope they don’t screw it up.

…I also (finally) found a copy of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This movie’s been on my “To Find” list ever since I arrived in China.

Still trying to find a replacement bulb for my bedroom light. The downside of having a foreign lighting system is the difficulty is finding the correct gauge of light bulb. Figuring out how to even remove the glass shade was a challenge in itself and I was quite proud of myself for pulling it down without having is smash all over the room. I have immense fear of glass objects (given my window experience) and cringe every time I must move plates of glass. The vicious broken bottles that are cemented into the tops of walls in this country give me the creeps.

Killed a cockroach yesterday.

No random people bothered me during my weekly Starbuck coffee/picture caption/character study/writing session.

The CDR/DVD player on my computer kicked the bucket. Will be purchasing a new set next pay day. This will push money sunk into my computer over 1500RMB. In April I had to have the motherboard rebuilt and I installed a brand new keyboard system last month. My repair guys love me.

Some asshole at my gym stole my shoes while I was having a shower. I loved those shoes…

Thinking about a Vietnam/Laos trip in January. Also, Harbin must be done some how as…well….it is just a matter of pure principle. Third time’s the charm.

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5 Responses

  1. Sue

    Bulbless………shoeless..
    what next? And will we ever hear the true story of the broken window?

  2. The glass incident didn’t happen in China.

  3. angela

    just to surprise u a little.
    :)
    shit happens all the time,
    take it easy.

  4. Fraser

    “…and a much more grittier take on the story, the plots play almost simultaneously.”

    Might want to run that one by the editing team again.

    I never saw Internal Affairs, but did enjoy The Departed. Butch Cassidy is pretty hard to beat though. I like when they realize the chick isn’t really adding anything more to the movie, so she just leaves suddenly. I mean, they don’t mind spending 10 mins filming the horse chase scenes but she gets ushered out in like 15 seconds. It’s probably the best “let’s gratuitously get rid of the love interest so we can have them shoot stuff” next to Rambo II.

  5. I say English bad.

    The final lines in BCSK during the face off against the Bolivian Army get my vote.

    Butch Cassidy: Wait a minute – you didn’t see Lefors out there did you?
    Sundance Kid: Lefors? No, why?
    Butch Cassidy: Thank God for that. For a moment there I thought we were in trouble.

    Check out Infernal Affairs though, but watch them in the order they were made, not chronologically.

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