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Life Without Principle (2011)

Duet min gam (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 20 October 2011 (Hong Kong)
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Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

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Johnnie To

Writers:

Kin-Yee Au, Jeff Cheung (as Ka-kit Cheung) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Wan Lau ... Panther
Richie Jen ... Inspector Cheung (as Richie Ren)
Denise Ho ... Teresa
Myolie Wu ... Connie
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Yuen
Hang Shuen So ... Ms. Cheng
Philip Keung ... Lung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah
Felix Wong ... Sum
Chi-yin Wong ... Officier Lee
Stephanie Che ... Jackie
J.J. Jia J.J. Jia ... Ms. Ho
Yoyo Chen ... T.T. Chau
Terence Yin ... Mr. Sung
Bing-Man Tam ... Kwun
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Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

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Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

20 October 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Datsumeikin See more »

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$556,512
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Hong Kong's submission to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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Composed by Wei Yue
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HK Neo Reviews: Life Without Principle
29 October 2011 | by webmaster-3017See all my reviews

This is certainly a departure from Johnnie To's usual work, but nonetheless, it is a film that is easy to like and relate. With the Greek financial crisis as the backdrop for a story about greed, human nature and life. It is one of those films that does not feel like a complete episode, but rather the sums of its parts. What I like about To's film is that they are so efficient and there is also recurring themes in all his films – life is about taking chances, random events of luck, expect the unexpected and the human nature of greed. His ability to present simple stories into a smooth cinematic experience is simply wonderful to endure. Although the film breaks no new grounds on the topic of greed in the financial market and especially Hong Kong people, it is still a worthy addition to 2011's HK cinema. Perhaps two words that best describe this film would be - simple and efficient. After all, as Mr. Geeko used to say - "Greed is good"...

Neo rates it 7.5/10

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