I enjoyed reading Susie Bright’s blog post for today; she often has interesting things to say. In it she makes reference to The Departed, a film that I enjoyed watching even if it’s a bit pedantic (a common side effect of Scorcese pictures).
The film’s screenplay is nearly an exact adaptation of a Hong Kong film, Mou gaan dou (2002). The story of Mou gaan dou is basically same shit, different context. Two cops work undercover to infiltrate the Triads, one is part of a special police task force, but is secretly an agent of the Triads, while the other works for the police undercover, but isn’t trusted by cops because he has a family history with the gang. Admittedly, I have yet to watch this film, so I’ll hold off on further comments. It’s in my netflix queue. Here’s the IMDB entry, if you’re interested.
At any rate, the film does a great job of capturing the essence of Boston atmosphere, and at times is gritty, but the police politics are all but unbelievable. I guess I’m just getting too old to suspend my disbelief in certain instances.
What does this have to do with St. Patrick’s day? Nothing. It’s just another holiday, and in today’s world, we need all the excuses in the world to escape our surroundings and remember how to enjoy ourselves.