I just watched the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. This is the US remake of Infernal Affairs, the most successful Hong Kong film of recent years.
Based on the trailer, the film feels significantly different from the HK original. While Infernal Affairs is sleek and metropolitan, The Departed appears to be going for a gritty mid-western, all-American look. Gone are the immaculately tailored suits in favour of field coats, jeans and blue-collar working class fashion sense. I suppose gangsters in Hong Kong and Boston dress differently.
I was surprised at the size and quality of the cast. Apart from headliners Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon, the film also features Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Ray Winstone.
US release date is tentatively set for early October 2006.
The trailer can be found at the Quicktime Movie Trailers page at www.apple.com