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20 October 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Ching Wan Lau ... Panther

Terence Yin ... Mr. Sung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah

Courtney Wu ... Car park security guard
Vincent Sze
Richie Ren ... Inspector Cheung
Felix Wong ... Sum
Siu-Kei Lee ... Brother Four
Wing-cheong Law ... Wing
Chi Hung Ng ... Brother B
Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Bank security guard
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Yuen
Denise Ho ... Teresa
J.J. Jia ... Ms Ho
Alan Chung San Chui ... Mr. Sung's bodyguard
Fun Lo ... Landlady
Stephanie Che ... Jackie
Yoyo Chen ... T.T. Chau
Stephen Au ... Inspector Cheung (voice)
Kitterick Yiu
Myolie Wu ... Connie
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Ponytail
Anson Leung
Wing-Cheung Cheung (as Chang Yung Cheung)
Philip Keung ... Lung
Joyce Wong
Chindy Lau ... Debbie
Wu Yuk Ping
Yuen Yue Man
Kin Kwok Wong
Lora Lu
Kwok-Wah Wong
Bing-Man Tam ... Kwun
Choi Tsz Kin
Chi-yin Wong ... Officier Lee
Hedy Chang
Kenneth Cheung
Chin Yiu Wing
Min-Leung Chan ... Tenant
Patricia Tang ... Receptionist
Lau Wai Yan
Hoi-Yiu Wong ... Dinner guest
Lo Keung
Oi Ying Lam
Gallan So
Wai-Kin Chan
Hei-Loi Lo ... Kwun's wife
Hang Shuen So ... Ms Cheng
Hing Fai Ho
Eric Huen
Ng Man Kai
Candy Chiu
Wah-Shan Ng ... Restaurant manager
Chong Man Hong
Ronald Yan ... Ho Sze-tung
Wai Leung Hung ... Waiter
Yiu Tong Lee
Kwan Wing Tung
Sze Kwan Ho

Directed by
Johnnie To 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kin-Yee Au 
Ka-kit Cheung 
Ben Wong 
Nai-Hoi Yau 
Tin-Shing Yip 

Produced by
John Chong .... executive producer
Elaine Chu .... line producer
Shirley Lau .... administrative producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Cinematography by
Siu-keung Cheng (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson 
Production Design by
Sukie Yip 
Art Direction by
Sukie Yip 
Costume Design by
Sukie Yip 
Makeup Department
Kelly Chiu .... makeup artist
Jeff Li .... hair stylist
Production Management
Chi-Shing Chiu .... unit manager
Elaine Chu .... project manager
Wan-San Ding .... production supervisor (as Yuin Shan Ding)
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Eric Huen .... second unit produccion manager
Angel Tang .... assistant production manager
Chi Wai Yan .... second unit produccion manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Chan .... second assistant director
Jeff Cheung .... first assistant director
Cox Chong .... second assistant director
Chan Siu Hei .... second assistant director
Jack Lai .... second assistant director
Albert Kai-kwong Mak .... associate director (as Kai Kwong Mak)
Art Department
Ho-Kwan Au .... property master
Wai Chuen Cheung .... property master
Sound Department
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Sai-Tak Cheung .... boom operator
Benny Chu .... sound designer
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor
Kin-Fai Ng .... boom operator
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Richardson .... sound supervisor
James Wallace .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Wing-Lok Ho .... key grip
Wai Leung Hung .... electrician
Kwok Kin Ip .... electrician
Ting Fung Kwong .... gaffer
Wai-Kwan Lau .... focus puller
Allen Leung .... still photographer
Wai Ming Leung .... electrician
Chan Ka Ling .... key grip
Cheng Kai Ming .... still photographer
Wai Kit Pang .... still photographer
Hung Mo To .... cinematographer
Egg Wong .... key grip
Shing Chung Wong .... focus puller
Kwok Chiu Wu .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kit Ling Chan .... dresser
Mei Shing Wong .... dresser
Lai Chin Yu .... dresser
Music Department
Xi Lin .... lyricist: theme song
Wei Yue .... composer: theme song
Other crew
John Chong .... presenter
Hak Lam .... set runner

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dyut meng gam" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Lethal Gold" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal title)
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107 min
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Hong Kong's submission to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.See more »
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Money makes the world go round..., 12 July 2013
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

"Life Without Principle" ("Dyut Meng Gam") was nothing at all what I had expected it to be. Was it better than I had anticipated? No, hardly so.

As much as I enjoy Hong Kong cinema, then this movie failed to utterly embrace and capture my liking. Why? Well, I guess it was because the movie tried to tell different tales that were spinning around the same axis - an axis that was a bag with 5 million Hong Kong dollars - but ultimately failed to wrap all stories up in a satisfying way.

Ching Wan Lau (playing Panther) really carried the movie most of the time and did a good job with his portrayal of a rather twitchy and edgy guy in the Hong Kong gangster milieu. But also Denise Ho (playing Teresa) put on a memorable performance in the movie. Richie Ren (playing inspector Cheung) was also doing a good job. Terence Yin (playing Mr. Sung) could have use a lot more screen-time, because his role was too small and had potential to bring something greater to the movie had he been given the chance.

There were aspects of the movie that were great, but in overall the movie didn't fully deliver. And of course, it is not all Hong Kong movies that bring the goods to the table, and for me, then "Life Without Principle" failed to do so miserably on some levels.

I doubt that I will ever put this movie on again for a second watching, as it just doesn't have that much leverage or that much to offer. Director Johnnie To has far better movies to his directing career.

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