Chi­nese film­go­ers look­ing for­ward to In­dian re­make of clas­sic Hong Kong film ‘In­fer­nal Af­fairs’

Global Times - - Life - By Wei Xi

Im­ages of an un­der­cover cop and a crim­i­nal sud­denly break­ing out into a dance rou­tine dur­ing a dra­matic fight scene rushed into the minds of nu­mer­ous Chi­nese ne­ti­zens on Wed­nes­day af­ter Warner Bros In­dia and Mum­bai-based Azure En­ter­tain­ment an­nounced they were team­ing up to pro­duce an In­dian ver­sion of the 2002 Hong Kong gang­ster clas­sic In­fer­nal Af­fairs.

“‘I’m a po­lice­man,’ some­one says, then the danc­ing be­gins. How great would that be?” 24-year-old Tian­jin ne­ti­zen En_Jiao Shenme Hao Ne (What should I call my­self) com­mented af­ter huan­qiu.com posted the news on Sina Weibo.

“The same im­age came to me too,” ne­ti­zen Buhui Hu­atu de She­jishi (a de­signer who does not know how to paint) replied.

In­dian films have long re­ceived luke­warm re­cep­tions in China, as many movie­go­ers are un­der the im­pres­sion they con­tain a lot of singing and danc­ing for no rea­son at all.

Yet, af­ter a re­cent string of suc­cess­ful In­dian films re­lease in the main­land – es­pe­cially sports drama Dan­gal, which earned a to­tal of 1.29 bil­lion yuan ($193 mil­lion) in the Chi­nese main­land – many Chi­nese movie­go­ers are look­ing for­ward to an In­dian ver­sion of In­fer­nal Af­fairs.

While the cast for the film re­mains un­known, a num­ber of Chi­nese are throw­ing In­dian ac­tors Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan’s names into the ring.

“I heard from a friend who knows a lot about In­dia that Aamir Khan is the ‘In­dian ver­sion of Andy Lau,’ and Shahrukh Khan is the ‘In­dian ver­sion of Tony Le­ung.’ Wouldn’t it be ex­cit­ing to see these two join­ing hands?” ne­ti­zen Bili­bili Fangy­ingji (Bili­bili movie pro­jec­tor) posted on Sina Weibo.

Co-di­rected by An­drew Lau and Alan Mak, In­fer­nal Af­fairs is the first film in a crime tril­ogy that tells the story of a Hong Kong po­lice of­fi­cer, Chan Wing-yan (Tony Le­ung), who in­fil­trates a Triad gang, while Lau Kin­ming (Andy Lau), a Triad mem­ber, in­fil­trates the Po­lice Force.

The film re­ceived seven awards from among nine nom­i­na­tions at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards, as well as six awards from seven nom­i­na­tions at the 40th Tai­wan Golden Horse Awards in 2003.

The De­parted, the US re­make of the film di­rected by Martin Scors­ese, won the Best Pic­ture award at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007. It starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer and Matt Da­mon as the mole in the po­lice force.

Chi­nese stream­ing web­site iQiyi and Hong Kong-based Me­dia Asia Group also pro­duced three sea­sons of a TV drama ver­sion of the film in 2016 and 2017.

Ama­zon is also pre­par­ing a TV re­make of The De­parted for 2018 as well.

How­ever, it is still the Hong Kong film ver­sion that has re­ceived the high­est ap­plause.

On Chi­nese film re­view web­site Douban, the 2002 Hong Kong film has a 9.0/10 from more than 402,000 ne­ti­zens, while The De­parted has a 7.2/10 from 37,515 ne­ti­zens, and the first sea­son of the Chi­nese TV drama has a 6.2/10 from 2,603 ne­ti­zens.

Photo: IC

Pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial for TV drama In­fer­nal Af­fairs

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