11. It Owes a Huge Debt to Another Movie
Andy Lau's 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller "Infernal Affairs," released four years prior to "The Departed," bears some uncanny similarities to the Oscar-winning Scorsese film. Like "The Departed," it is centered on a police officer who infiltrates organized crime, and also a dirty copy working for the same gang.
“'Infernal Affairs' is a very good example of why I love the Hong Kong Cinema, but 'The Departed' is not a remake of that film," Scorsese has said
. "Our film was inspired by 'Infernal Affairs,' because of the nature of the story. However, the world Monahan created is very different from the Hong Kong film."
: "Of course I think the version I made is better, but the Hollywood version is pretty good too."