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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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Fusheng Chen
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
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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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Will thieves relieve a simple honest man of his treasure?
23 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"A World Without Thieves" (2004) takes place mostly on a train in China but the picture still manages to display beautiful natural surroundings of mountains and pastures in China. It made me feel that I wanted to see China and the many other places I've never seen.

The kernel of the story is a very good one. Can a trusting man with 60,000 yuan on his person not have it stolen by several sets of pickpockets and thieves, after he has made it known that he has the money? The picture engaged me up to a point, but after awhile I tired of it. Repetition set in. The characters and action became too comic-book, too corny and too contrived to keep me attentive. The script didn't deliver on its premise. Cardboard action with fast editing was not well-done, and it replaced any hope of meaningful depth. The tone of the movie veered from realism to philosophical to fantasy to broad slapstick to caper. It should have been adult and seemed adult, given the theme, but it came across more and more childish as it went along.

My view is the minority view on this one. A good many see it as a "beautiful" film with a touching story. There are those elements in there, but to me they are too mixed in with bungled story development, depth and editing.


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