CICS 101 – Section 007
22 February 2011
Transnational Remakes – Infernal Affairs v. The Departed
In 2002, Hong Kong screenwriter Felix Chong and director Wai-keung Lau teamed up
with Alan Mak to release a crime-thriller movie
Mou Gaan Dou
, known as
Set in Hong Kong with Cantonese dialogue, the film features an all-star cast of Hong
Kong’s most famous actors, including Andy Lau, Tony Leung, and Anthony Wong, among many
others (The Departed, IMDb).
Two Hong Kong film companies, Media Asia Films and Basic
Pictures, financed the production of the movie.
became immediately successful
in Hong Kong, receiving forty-two nominations at various Asian award ceremonies and winning
twenty-three of them (Ibid).
It has grossed nearly nine million U.S. dollars to date, a tremendous
amount for a Hong Kong foreign film since its intended target population is much smaller than
that of American movies.
On the Internet Movie Database website, IMDb, it holds an average
rating of 8.1 stars out of 38,364 votes (Ibid).
Perhaps due to the success of
in Hong Kong, acclaimed American
director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter William Monahan decided to remake the Asian tale in
2006, titling their production
Giving it an all-American flair, they changed the
setting to the Irish slums of Boston, Massachusetts where they speak English with an
unmistakable Boston accent tinted with Irish.
The movie boasts an all-star cast of its own,
among which are Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, and Initial Entertainment provided funding for
Faring even better than
received 107 nominations at
various award ceremonies, winning fifty-three of them (Infernal Affairs, IMDb).