The best cop movie Gothamist has seen this year, Infernal Affairs, has been chosen as Hong Kong's official selection for Best Foreign Film consideration for the 2003 Academy Awards (meaning, the Academy Awards that will honor films from 2003, but will be broadcast in 2004). The premise is simple and complicated, as the plot description from IMDB indicates: A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. It's surprisingly sophisticated, given it is from Hong Kong (but that doesn't mean there aren't lapses into cheesy interludes when women are around). Truly, the four main performances, of the undercover, his supervisor, the mole, his mob boss, are what drive the film. And Brad Pitt bought the remake rights to the film, but Gothamist doesn't know what that means.
Which brings Gothamist to a tricky situation: We're so enthusiastic about this movie, but we have no idea when it will open in the U.S. So all we can do is recommend the following cop movies and movies with Tony Leung, who stars as the undercover cop and can out brood the broodiest.
Cop movies: The French Connection, Serpico, Donnie Brasco, L.A. Confidential, Heat, Internal Affairs, Dark Blue (more suggestions welcome). And here are movies with Tony Leung in them, but we recommend In the Mood for Love (one of our sexiest movies), Chungking Express, and Happy Together.
Infernal Affairs was shown at New Directors/New Films, where Gothamist saw it.