Film Franchises: Hong Kong’s ‘Infernal Affairs’ (2002) and the US remake ‘The Departed’ (2006)

Check out this weeks edition of Film Franchises over at TMI. Tnx David for letting me contribute every week.

That Moment

Over the years, many studios have tried to find ways to take the same idea that worked once, switch it around a bit and then re-market it as a sequel or even a remake.

This week, let’s discuss a different kind of remake, the kind where Hollywood takes an excellent idea from a non-English language film and remakes it using American themes. In this case, it was made into an Oscar Winning Best Picture directed by Martin Scorsese. Of course, we’re talking about Infernal Affairs and The Departed.

The truth is, it isn’t really fair to compare the financial stats of these movies because of the extreme differences in the markets where they opened. That being said, it is quite commendable that Scorsese and his team can take a relatively low budget film and turn it into a worldwide blockbuster both financially and critically. Casting big name stars including Matt Damon, Leonardo…

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