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Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest filmmakers still living, and working, today. However, though nominated several times, he somehow managed to be snubbed by the Oscars again and again and again. It wasn't until 2006's 'The Departed' that he finally got his due. As many of you know, 'The Departed' was Scorsese's interpretation of Andy Lau's Hong Kong action thriller 'Infernal Affairs.' Now it appears the two filmmakers are collaborating once again, this time on 'Revenge of the Green Dragons.' This time around, Scorsese will be executive producing and Lau will be directing. 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' centers on two Chinese siblings who try to rise through the ranks of a New York gang. Michael Di Jiacomo wrote the script, which he based on an article in The New Yorker on the American-Chinese underworld. Production on 'Revenge of the Green Dragons' is slated to begin in April.
This is a really interesting turn of events. After creating so many phenomenal American gangster films his entire career, it was his Americanizing of a Hong Kong cops-and-criminals story that finally netted Scorsese Academy acclaim. Further stepping out of his comfort zone, Scorsese chose Boston for the setting of 'The Departed' instead of his favored city of New York. Now, Andy Lau is making what appears to be an American gangster film with Chinese characters and setting it in New York. More than that, it appears Lau is specifically out to make a Scorsese-style gangster movie. It's a strange full-circle sort of collaboration, but one that could yield a truly unique and memorable piece of crime cinema. I like that these two are continuing to work together and my hope is that, after 'Revenge of the Green Dragons,' Scorsese will go to Hong Kong and direct a gangster movie there starring Lau. Wishful thinking? Perhaps, but wouldn't it be fantastic if these two began trading collaborative projects like that?
What do you guys think? Are you interested in 'Revenge of the Green Dragons?' Do you think Scorsese and Lau will continue to collaborate?