【明報專訊】Project Gutenberg（《無雙》）is another nice surprise for movie-goers after the stir brought by Men On The Dragon（《逆流大叔》）. Headlined by Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, the cops-and-criminals thriller bestows viewers with suspense and tension throughout the two hours. Viewers may also enjoy being fooled by the characters, or Felix Chong, the director and screenwriter, to be exact.
Chow's new heights
Chow Yun-Fat, a lauded superstar, has been hailed by both his die-hard fans (including myself) and critics for his strong performance. Project Gutenberg is probably the most impressive work of Chow's since A Better Tomorrow（《英雄本色》）. Chow satisfies movie buffs' expectations by playing "Painter", which is an intriguing role. His truthful play convinces us that Chow, in his dapper and charismatic looks, is the sly buyer of fake art, and in his wrath, he is that dark, mysterious counterfeit money ringleader.
Tension and fear
In this action thriller, Aaron Kwok, an award-winning actor, is given ample room to stretch his wings. The movie begins with Lee Man (Aaron Kwok) serving his jail time in Thailand for possessing forged money. The confused and bullied prisoner is soon extradited to stand trial in Hong Kong. Unfolding his story of how he is forced into making the perfect counterfeit money printing plate, Lee Man, a painter whose talent is never recognised, draws even deeper sympathy for his plight as well as the tragic fate for other gangsters such as that of Uncle Shing (Liu Kai-chi). Kwok's acting in those scenes facing off against Chow produces undercurrents of tension and fear, until we see his true colours.
The hard work
The magical collaboration and hard work of Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok are key to success of the blockbuster. We see in both actors something mined from deep inside, making them distinctive. In preparation for the role, for example, Kwok read the script six times. Chow told some university students, "I feel very lucky as an actor... I also get to have the opportunity to bring the director's message into moving images. Acting is fake, but the emotions are real."
movie buff 電影愛好者
1. Which character in the movie has his talent never recognised?
2. What do you think happens to Uncle Shing at the end?
3. From paragraph 2, find a word which can replace the word underlined below:
Chow Yun-fat is admired for his heart of gold as he has pledged to donate his fortune to charity.
■by Venny Lai, a former Language Instructor at the PolyU and an experienced teacher of English Language and Literature