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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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Wang Bo
Rene Liu ...
Wang Li
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Sha Gen
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Xiao Ye
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wei Fan ...
Yuanzheng Feng ...
Thin robber
Biao Fu ...
General Manager Liu
Ka Tung Lam ...
Four-eyes
Lei Lee
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Mrs. Liu
Yong You ...
Thief Number Two
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Public security Han
Ping Zong ...
Policewoman
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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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CNY 1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$630,969 (Hong Kong) (7 January 2005)
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Feng XiaoGang reaches for new height in his latest movie
15 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Feng has traditionally produced a movie each year close to the new year, but the tone of his movie has grown darker and sadder. A World without Thieves is another example of this progression.

The story is simple, but the characters have layers, and the dialog remains classic Feng-style as ever. All performances are good to great. The villain role is set up perfectly for Ge You. The production value is the most polished I've seen from a Feng's film. The camera work, the editing, and the music score all feel artistic and are mixed together quite well. As for his previous movie "Cellphone", there are a number of sad moments in the movie where your heart will be heavy. Overall, highly recommended. 8 out of 10.


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