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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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Cast

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Wang Bo
Rene Liu ...
Wang Li
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Uncle Bill
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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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9 December 2004 (China)  »

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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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This movie will help Chinese cinema break out into the west like never before.
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and intellectually moving! The cinematography of "World Without Thieves" is unmatched to any Chinese movie I've seen to date. The characters hold your interest, and the plot moves across the screen with brilliant unpredictability. Western fans who only know Andy Lau from "House of Flying Daggers" get to witness his versatility as an actor. The two female leads, Renee Liu and Bingbing Li, balance each other out wonderfully: one dangerous, the other caring. I love "non-Hollywood" endings, which is what we get here. This is a rare gem of a film that breaks out of the "Chinese Film" genre and into the "International Film" genre. A good introduction for the movie fan who has never seen a Chinese film. A must-see for any serious film fanatic.


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