Director: Felix Chong
Release Date: 5 October 2018 (USA)
Genres: Action, Crime, Mystery
Format: MatRoska (Mkv)
File Size: 400MB
Counterfeit artist Lee Man (Aaron Kwok) is extradited to Hong Kong from a Thailand jail. The Hong Kong police are investigating a series of murders and robberies involving counterfeit notes. The mastermind behind these crimes is a mysterious figure known only as “the Painter,” who is the alleged head of his own counterfeit operation and Lee’s boss. Lee refuses to expose Painter, insisting that his life will be in danger, but Inspector Ho (Catherine Chau) counters, claiming to have evidence linking Lee to the murders. The proceedings are interrupted by the arrival of noted artist Yuen Man (Zhang Jingchu), who attempts to have Lee freed on bail. An agreement is reached where Lee will be released into witness protection in exchange for exposing the identity of the Painter and recounting the history of their criminal activity.
During the 1990s, Lee and Yuen lived together in Vancouver as lovers and painters, but fail to sell any of their artworks and struggle to make ends meet. They have a reversal of fortune when an agent finds Yuen’s artwork and recognises her artistic talent. However, Lee’s own original art is criticized for only imitating the styles of the great masters. Lee realises his skill at imitation and reluctantly becomes an art forger to make a living, but Yuen disapproves.
Lee’s work as a forger is noticed by the Painter (Chow Yun-fat), who invites Lee to join his counterfeit banknote operation. Frustrated at his own art’s lack of success, Lee agrees to leave Canada with the goal of returning and winning over Yuen. Painter also offers to help Lee with his romantic ambitions. Working with Painter’s team to overcome the security features of the new 1996 US 100-dollar bill, Lee finds success in his new role, but is reluctant to cooperate with Painter’s erratic and often violent methods, especially after an intense armored car hijacking in Canada resulting in the deaths of all the guards.