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A World Without Thieves (2004)

Tian xia wu zei (original title)
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
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Wei Fan ...
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Thin robber
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General Manager Liu
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Four-eyes
Lei Lee
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Mrs. Liu
Yong You ...
Thief Number Two
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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)

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$19,672 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)
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28 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

As another reviewer stated here, this feels like a light comedy. But there is so much more to it. And to have the ability to mix the lightness (especiall in the way many scenes are staged and shot) with the philosophical question it raises is just plain great. It might not be your cup of tea or you might think that some people are reading things into the movie that aren't there. But seeing a trailer for another movie done by this director, I am pretty sure, that those things are meant to be there.

Nevertheless, it doesn't make this movie flawless. And quite a few people will dislike it. But as with many movies, you should be able to tell, if you like the (visual) style and tone of the movie, when it reaches the ten minute mark. If it didn't convince you by then, you could stop watching, because it won't have any different effect by the end of it. On the other hand, if you are "captured" (no pun intended) into the world, you will have a truly great experience watching this movie.


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