Who's the Painterman ?
Counterfeiting crime thriller and another very so-so
Hong Kong effort in the genre. Not very exciting unfortunately but if
you badly need to
extinguish 2 hours from your life, then this film may do fine. A tired
script from Felix Chong makes this lukewarm effort look a like a B version
of one of Johnnie To's less inspired movies. But, it was nice to see
Chow Yun Fat again and he's pretty good as the disgusting baddie Ng.
The Hong Kong police sets prisoner and counterfeiter
Lee Man (Aaron Kwok) free and this on the condition that he tells them
who the boss
of the brutal counterfeiting gang is, the Painter (Chow Yun Fat). Lee
tells them that Painter leaves no traces and erases every potential
and that everyone dies who goes against him, a Super Criminal that is.
Then follows Lee's story in a flashback going back to Vancouver, Canada
1985 where he met Painter or Ng Fuk Seng and became a member
of his counterfeiting gang with the goal of creating a printing plate
for making false Benjamins, 100 USD bills. But Lee wants out when he
that Ng is a ruthless killer.
Stupid gunfights, with the possible exception of the
second one, bad CGI and a tired script, what about these military baddies
somewhere in the Golden Triangle (Jack Kao as the General this time),
the mayhem could've been xeroxed from Police Story III Super Cop.
Also, beware of false narrative.
The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen and with
a cantonese 5.1 DD audio with also some mandarin, english and thai spoken,
with english subtitles. Extras a teaser and trailers a making of featurette
without english subtitles and also some deleted scenes