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2000 A.D.
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Aaron Kwok gets the Y2K willies
Chinese: 公元2000
Year: 2000
Director: Gordon Chan Kar-Seung
Writer: Gordon Chan Kar-Seung, Stu Zicherman
Action: Yuen Tak
Cast: Aaron Kwok Fu-Sing, Phyllis Quek, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin-Cho), James Lye, Gigi Choi Lok-Chi, Francis Ng Chun-Yu, Ray Lui Leung-Wai, Andrew Lin Hoi, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Tony Ho Wah-Chiu, Johnson Lee Si-Jit
The Skinny: The best thing about this movie is Francis Ng's performance, which is amazing in its restraint and quiet dignity. Unfortunately he only has a supporting role, and the film, while competent, suffers by comparison.
by Kozo:

Big budget action flick from Gordon Chan and a passel of Singapore investors is a well-produced piece that doesnít amount to much. Itís competently directed with some decent action, but the film suffers because itís so pedestrian in its approach. Aaron Kwok is Peter, a computer programmer who gets involved in a nasty computer virus war when his brother Greg (Ray Lui) is exposed as a CIA agent. Peter has a hard time understanding as the bad guys seem to be coming out of the woodwork, and Gregís fiancee Salina (Faye Wong lookalike Phyllis Quek) may even be implicated. 

All this matters little, as itís merely a prelude to lots of chases and gunplay. Kwok has handled action before, but this is different. Instead of being a cop or superhero, Kwok is just a computer programmer. However, heís a computer programmer who knows kung-fu. No explanation is necessary, he just starts high-kicking when he needs to. Aiding Aaron is sidekick Daniel Wu (the ďdopeĒ of the movie), and girlfriend Gigi Choi. In addition, Singapore has brought out a hero: James Lye, as Singapore agent Eric. Lye actually has a good action presence, and he proves a decent complement to Kwok. 

Still, all actors are absolutely destroyed by Francis Ng, who has a relatively small role as HK cop Ronald Ng. Given a role with little definition, Ng manages to make Ronald a well-rounded character without ever showing his hand. Ng is all restraint and control, a far cry from his out-of-control Ugly Kwan characterizations. It's a shame that he gets as little screen time as he does, because he owns the screen when he's on it. However, the star is supposed to be Aaron Kwok.

That Ng can so mercilessly steal the movie from Kwok is pretty much an indication of whatís wrong. The film has little identity, and doesnít succeed at making us care about the characters or their situations. Everything is hammered out in typical commercial film fashion, and only Ng manages to bring anything resembling a spark to the proceedings. Aaron Kwok struggles to actually carry the film, which ultimately hurts all of Gordon Chanís efforts. 2000 A.D. is entertaining, but itís also incredibly bland. (Kozo, 2000)


20th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Winner - Best Supporting Actor (Francis Ng Chun-Yu)
7th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
• Winner - Best Actor (Francis Ng Chun-Yu)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Mega Star (HK)
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandrain Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
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