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Dyut meng gam (2011)

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

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Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

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Debuted at the second spot of the Hong Kong box office and held the position in its second week. See more »

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Referenced in Mo ngai: To Kei Fung dik din ying sai gaai (2013) See more »

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Disappointing
7 September 2015 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I'll start by stating that I'm a big fan of Johnnie To; I love his gangster stuff and his way of telling stories based on ramifications of character decisions, rather than a God of Fate who seems to propel 90% of American films. You could say that it's his trade mark and partly what makes his films so intense and realistic.

Life Without Principle doesn't break this cycle - it has great characters and believable situations, but it just doesn't all come together.

The story told via three separate characters who all intersect thanks to a bag full of money, what mainly drags it down is the scenes being too long. To tries to emphasise on how money and/or greed cause so many problems, and in the process we're dragged through 20 minutes of dull banking set inside one small room before the story switches to focus on the real story.

The next character then runs around town trying to squeeze cash from everybody... again, hitting us with a sense of repetition that will test the patience of many a viewer. Bizarrely, Mr. Sung - the excellent villain we've come to expect from a To film - is introduced right at the end and all I could wonder was, "How different would this film have been had he been in it sooner?"

And that was the problem: too much preaching and not enough entertainment.


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