My mother has a natural interest in going back to the original versions of stories. After she has discovered that they might have been remakes or at least inspired from a previous source, she dives deep into the connections to see the whole evolution of the concepts. ‘

Some time ago she discovered that Martin Scorsese adapted his Boston crime thriller The Departed from a 2002 Hong Kong movie Infernal Affairs and naturally she could not let it go until we had a podcast about these two movies.

Spoilers: We don’t give away any of the plot twists, so it is safe to listen even if you have not seen the movies.

Antti Tuisku and Andy Lau

Antti Tuisku (left) & Andy Lau (right)

Timeline

  • [00:00] – Introduction
  • [02:30] – The names
  • [03:30] – Head start of remakes
  • [06:30] – Cultural difference
  • [11:20] – How Liisa got interested?
  • [17:50] – Tony Leung
  • [25:15] – The crazy connections in Infernal Affairs
  • [29:15] – The Boston connection
  • [42:40] – Soundtrack in Infernal Affairs
  • [45:10] – The ending and morality
  • [53:00] – Leonardo DiCaprio
  • [55:00] –Matt Damon
  • [1:01.00] – Back Liisa’s interest in The Departed
  • [1:06:30] – The points

Movies we mention