Transnational Remakes

Transnational Remakes - Hao Sijia Hao CICS 101 Section 007...

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Hao Sijia Hao CICS 101 – Section 007 Heather Tidrick 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 Infernal Affairs in English. 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. Infernal Affairs 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 Infernal Affairs in Hong Kong, acclaimed American director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter William Monahan decided to remake the Asian tale in 2006, titling their production The Departed . 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. American companies Warner Bros. Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, and Initial Entertainment provided funding for production. Faring even better than Infernal Affairs , The Departed received 107 nominations at various award ceremonies, winning fifty-three of them (Infernal Affairs, IMDb). Its worldwide
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Hao gross has reached nearly $300 million USD and it holds a rating of 8.5 on IMDb out of 287,292 votes (Ibid). The Departed garnered more attention and won more awards than Infernal Affairs because American Hollywood films have stronger reputations and a wider audience in general, both domestic and foreign. Consequently, The Departed grossed more than $150 million internationally while Infernal Affairs made most of its revenue domestically (The Departed, Infernal Affairs Box Office Mojo). The American version’s relative success shows that Hollywood movies are more popular and farther-reaching in the scope of international cinema than Hong Kong productions. A basic plot synopsis of Infernal Affairs : the state police and the Hong Kong mafia are in conflict. Each has an informant within the enemy’s inner circle; the mafia has planted a rat, Bad Rat, within the special investigations unit of the police department, while the police have planted a cop, Good Cop, close the mafia leader. After a confrontational incident, both parties simultaneously discover that they have been infiltrated, and the spies within each organization
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