Ok the dust has settled the reviews were in and mixed at best but I stayed away, why because after the drama of the bank note, see trailer watch film there is no scene. I have to admit something, I enjoyed this film.
Lee Man (Aaron Kwok) is a Painter and forger is in prison and integrated by the by teh Poilce in connect with the infamous man called Painter (Chow Yun-Fat) who is the leader of the counterfeit organisation and is number one om the most wanted list. Lee Man starts to tell the story of how he came to meet Painter and how he became part of the biggest counterfeit ring and was asked to produce an exact replica of a one hundred dollar bill.
Ok take a pinch of Oceans 10, maybe 13, throw in a good dose of The Usual Suspects and you have Felix Chong's (second solo directorial debut) that gives the fans what they want and don't in equal measures. So the downside is yes Felix does go into the intricacies of creating a counterfeit bank note to the nth degree, but I didn't mind it adds to the story on how complex the process is (besides I was making notes). The flip side is we get to see Chow Yun-Fat) in full on duel gun mode pistol and machine gun and yes it give you a warm fussy feeling inside (please see The Killer, Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow 1 &2 for reference). With 3 shootouts, middle one being the most climatic, it does satisfy the gun totting persona we all associate with Chow Yun-Fat.
I enjoyed Aaron Kwok in his role and to cap it all off there's some nice twists and turns at the finale which if you've stayed away from reviews then you'll certainly get a kick out of. Apart from the title which sounds like another instalment of Police Academy this is a solid action/crime caper and I'd been keen to see more output from Chow in this vein even if it is just to relive those heady days of the heroic bloodshed genre.