Project Gutenberg

6.82 h 5 min201813+
The Hong Kong police are hunting a counterfeiting gang led by a mastermind code-named "Painter". In order to crack the true identity of him, the police recruits gang member Lee Man to unmask "Painter's" secret identity.
Felix Chong
Yun-Fat ChowAaron KwokJingchu Zhang
English [CC]
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Catherine ChauWenjuan Feng
Dong YuAlbert Yeung
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4.1 out of 5 stars

104 global ratings

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  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
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GDReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't give up see it through😄
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This is one movie that you have to see it through. While slow moving in the first 20 minutes it begins to move at a fast pace, not giving you time to figure out what's next. When you think it's over it takes you in another direction. I loved the twists and reveal moments, I thought of The Usual Suspects movie. Acting by all was excellent, I even loved the ending. Asian films do not always have a happy ending, and this film did not disappoint.
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Mike GishReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Counterfeit Movie About Counterfeiting
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What saddens me is to see other cultures abandon their uniqueness in an attempt to copy ours, the result is invariably ludicrous, and the loss of authenticity of the original culture criminal.

There's nothing original about "Project Gutenberg", everything's a copy of western movies of the same type and an attempt to mimic western culture that's pathetic.

What's good about the movie is the traditional cultural values of excellence that showed through when it came to perfecting the techniques of counterfeiting being employed by the primaries here.

The one thing that was purely Chinese was the ending.

P.S. The subtitles flashed by so fast sometimes, that I had to pause it to read them, and sometimes even back-space.
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Logain UT AblarReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good
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Project Gutenberg is a wild ride that gets a bit convoluted at the end. But it's worth seeing it through. Excellent casting and acting. Chow Yun Fat is still one of the best leading men of my lifetime. Just when I thought we weren't going to see a throwback scene to A Better Tomorrow or Bullet in the Head, Chow Yun Fat lays waste to a general and his army just like the bullet filled, blood soaked days of old. Complete with being surgical with a shotgun. Aaron Kwok is also really good in this film. His character is highly skilled but utterly annoying at times which is a testament to the character he's tasked to play. But when the film turns into Fight Club (I'm not joking), I laughed a bit because that reveal came out of left field.

4*. This isn't a film about counterfeiters, Project Gutenberg is a film about mental health and how chaotic one's life can become when you don't get treatment and meds.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Gau Tem "das gud" and they all agree
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Project Gautembaug. Galaxie wheels, of light, darkness shrouded. An original "eye" brought to life. Replications in the world of a YahTehm Pyramid, humans and vehicles of unoriginal copied scripts. What is seen, cannot be understood, what is written can only be read, what is copied can only be used once.

Gau-tem "and they said GOD". What is good? Vision of eyes? Taste and the senses of a saymyasin.

2016 Galaxy Wheel "Whirlpool" Centauri's Belt. "Peel the layers of what is on their skins, or-gan-ic, and you will find", "each feasts upon Her, yet comprehend what?" "An Yamasin of a necklace" "Given the first, and they denied" "Given a false print of a 2nd Millennial, and they flocked like birds", Quack "they say to her under Moonlight", Bawk "they say to him under Sunlight", 2016 "yaming yisei" "and all their words was the same like counterfeit money".
joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Chow Yun-fat shines as the mastermind behind a group of counterfeiters
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Project Gutenberg is a very stylish movie about counterfeiting. It stars Chow Yun-fat as Painter the mastermind of a group of counterfeiters and his top artist Aaron Kwok. The movie goes into great detail about the ink, the printing presses, the art, and more that all go into forging a US $100 bill. It has a look and music that make it right up there with the likes of the Ocean’s 11 series. Chow carries the entire film. He’s charming. He’s ruthless. He’s a mastermind. It’s quite a performance. It's also got a powerful ending with a twist to wrap things up. I was really impressed.
OggiReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too long, too boring, too lame
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Spoilers alert...

The movie at over 2 hours is too long and boring. I could already tell as the criminal is being interrogated that this will be a lame copycat attempt of The Usual Suspects. Unreliable narrator has been done before and this movie doesn't do as well as previous movies I've seen. Some of the counterfeiting scenes should have been edited out because they are uninteresting IMHO. Chow Yun Fat's appearance is the only reason for my 2-star rating.
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AlbeoReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed it.
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Decent crime film with more action toward the end, a bit John Woo-ish. Enable subtitles! The subtitles already on screen are the same but the text is way too small. It feels silly watching two sets but trust me, the extra bigger ones are worth it.

Also tested a counterfeit pen on my yellow pages. It worked haha
5 people found this helpful
NJLReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of time boring, too long, and unoriginal chinese crap
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A chinese movie about counterfeiting (how original and ironic!), that's borong, overdrawn (likeat least six montage music sequences!), a the final plot twist is from the old school dual secret identity. The director and producers were too focused on the special effects and camera moves, that seem more like an advertisement for a production effects house. Only interesting thing is the how to build your counterfeiting details, and the wate of Chow Yun Fat talents.
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