A World Without Thieves (2004)
"Tian xia wu zei" (original title)

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A con-team couple (Andy Lau & Rene Liu) head west after taking a city businessman for his BMW. But an encounter with a naive young carpenter travelling home with his life savings challenges their fate as thieves.



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Credited cast:
Wang Bo
Rene Liu ...
Wang Li
Sha Gen
Xiao Ye
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fusheng Chen
Wei Fan ...
Yuanzheng Feng ...
Thin robber
Biao Fu ...
General Manager Liu
Ka Tung Lam ...
Lei Lee
Mrs. Liu
Yong You ...
Thief Number Two
Public security Han
Ping Zong ...


Two grifters, Wang Bo and Wang Li, a couple who've been arguing, board a train in rural China. He wants to fleece a peasant, nicknamed Dumbo for his naiveté, who's carrying 60,000 yuan and trusts everyone. She wants to protect the hick kid, an act of expiation brought on by prayer and a visit to a temple. Also on board are one of more sets of thieves, including a calculating boss and his femme fatale. The boss wants to recruit Wang Bo, and a series of contests ensue, with the potential of turning deadly. While Li guards Dumbo from Bo and the others, can she and Bo sort out their relationship? And can Dumbo's simple spirituality touch anyone else? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 December 2004 (China)  »

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A World Without Thieves  »

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CNY 1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,672 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)


$630,969 (Hong Kong) (7 January 2005)

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20 May 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I will introduce the film Tian xia wu zei(A World Without Thieves) which was directed by Feng xiao gang in 2004. This story is simple but fun. It tells the couple of thieves Wang li and Wang bo protect the innocent young man who comes from countryside from being stolen by Li shu and his team. No one in the world could believe there are no thieves in the world. However, Feng xiao gang decided to tell people the truth by an interesting way. This film has a very clear structure which is about Sha gen's 60000 yuan. At the first, Wang bo wanted to steal Sha gen's money but Wang li found she was pregnancy and would not like to do the crime. However, another team which was leaded by Li shu focused on Sha gen's money and Li shu also wanted to show his ability to Wang bo by this action. In the end, Wang bo died but he protected his wife and Sha gen's 60000 yuan. Actually, money is not the only thing that Wang bo and Wang protected. What they would like to keep is the quality of kindness and confidence between people. One scene in this film gave me a deep impression that Sha gen shout in the train station "Who is thieves? Can you stand out?" then he said" there is no thieves in the world because no one can stand out." This is a really interesting detail and I think many people will laugh at Sha gen because it is impossible for a thief to prove he or she is a thief and has done a lot of crimes. However, from that, we can see Sha gen is a very kind man he believes all of people in China are helpful and innocent. He also trusts there is a confidence between different people even they do not know each other. He also said to Wang bo and Wang li "it is impossible for people are worse than wolves." The director takes Sha gen as an example to show some people in the countryside in China are pure and kind in that age. These people believe that they can have the happiness by their efforts and everyone in the world will give you a hand when you are in trouble. However, in the real world, people just call it is utopianism. In my opinion, the goal of director is not to destroy the crimes and create the ideal society; he wants to show kindness by Sha gen and makes audience find the confidence between people. This is also what director would like to protect in China. The couple of thieves about Wang bo and Wang li also gives me a deep impression. Director uses them to show that people can still be a kind man if they know their faults and correct them. Wang bo is an experienced thief and he only trusts the money can change people instead of kindness and confidence. In the beginning of the film, he looked down upon the guard who only saluted the men who has good cars but not let the other people come in the house. We can find that he would like to be a bad man but the real society force his to do that because people only have respect for rich men. After he knew his wife was pregnant and she asked him not to do the crimes again, he still believes he will always be a thief even he decides not to do that. However, the baby of them saved him. He and Wang li did not want their baby to go their way. I think they even want their baby can be the man like Sha gen. Therefore, the couple made a decision to help Sha gen. We can see that Wang bo used his life to protect the money and his wife in the end, he also protected kindness and confidence. There is another important point that the director Feng xiao gang uses many interesting communications in the whole film. He does not like making this movie become serious and he wants to make people know his ideas by a funny way. Audience will be happy and moved by his film, then, they will think about real meanings about these interesting performances and scenes. Many films just show their themes by a serious story and it is hard for most of audience to accept directors' ideas. Therefore, this is also the success of Tian xia wu zei.

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