The Best Movie Remakes of All Time
The Remake – The Departed (2006) – Rotten Tomatoes rating – 92%
The Original – Infernal Affairs or Mau gaan dou (2002) – Rotten Tomatoes rating – 95%
The original, directed by Andrew Lau received very positive reviews and is considered “one of the best films of all time”. According to IMDB, it is highest Hong Kong ranked film on the Top 250 movies list (Wikipedia).
The remake was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. The crime thrillers were very similar in nature, with the main difference being the settings of Boston and Hong Kong.
The co-director of the Infernal Affairs, Andrew Lau, was quoted as saying “Of course I think the version I made is better, but the Hollywood version is pretty good too.”
The Departed was very well received by critics and won 4 Academy Awards and has been included on several top ten movies lists.