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Life Without Principle -- Life Without Principle: Three ordinary people - a banker, a broker and a police inspector - find their destinies inextricably intertwined as lies, deceit and greed take them on a violent, wild heist.
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20 October 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Ching Wan Lau ... Panther

Terence Yin ... Mr. Sung
Richie Jen ... Inspector Cheung (as Richie Ren)
Felix Wong ... Sum
Vincent Sze
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah
Wing-cheong Law ... Wing
Siu-Kei Lee ... Brother Four
Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Bank security guard
Denise Ho ... Teresa

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

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
Mango Mok .... adr recordist
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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Trivia:
Hong Kong's submission to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.See more »
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Referenced in Boundless (2013)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Life Without Principle, 30 March 2013
Author: lasttimeisaw from Cairo, Egypt

Johnnie To, the Godfather of Hong Kong, is the doughtiest and arguably the only Hong Kong film auteur still safeguards the pedigree of the untainted spirit from its halcyon days, after the detrimental ramifications of the censorship battlefield with mainland Chinese policy, which put Hong Kong film industry into a retrograde quagmire, only from Johnnie To's prolific output one (especially for those who has witnessed or influenced by Hong Kong films' golden era, e.g. 1980-1997) can retrieve some salve from the bleak situation (underpins by the poignant slogan "Hong Kong Film is Dead!).

LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE has its clear-sighted objective dispassionateness, adopts 3 discrete narratives from a cop, a bank clerk and a Triad member (with tentative overlays) all converge with a parking lot homicide case, and intriguingly delineates the current situation in Hong Kong society under the background of Greece's ecumenic catastrophe, which reflects the anxiety and levity in normal citizens' mind set. A dowdy retired housewife falls prey to the callous investment chicanery, a vivid mirror image of millions of ourselves, bank system embezzles people's hard-earned savings, benefits from the (almost inclusive) profit while shunts all the risky liabilities to each account holder, a deep-rooted capitalism scourge on the modern society. Veteran actress Hang Shuen So conducts a visceral impersonation using her meager appearance as the cipher victim. Denise Ho (an out-of-the-closet lesbian singer and new actress) garnishes the office-confined monotony with her restrained tolerance and discontentment as the conscientious clerk, a subdued archetypal in the white-collar hierarchy.

Versatile actor Ching Wan Lau is the Triad minion, pious to his boss and brothers, although time changes, the Triad business are at the low ebb now, but his foolhardiness resists with a perverse tenderness, in a time when brotherhood can be easily teased as homo-erotic metonymy, his loyalty is far-fetched but resonates with the gangster nostalgia which permeates the genre's best moments (To's ELECTION 2005, 8/10 and TRIAD ELECTION 2006, 8/10 are among the swan songs), Ching Wan Lau experiments a methodological mimicry with blinking-laden vivacity in his character's naive and befuddled persistence.

The third thread germinates from Richie Ran's cop, which ruefully is the weakest link and casts a shadow to the development of the character's below-the-surface tension, the elevator incident with explosive serves the only chilly thrill of the film which feels insatiable for To's generic followers.

The ending mercifully caters for a interim reprieve to the 3 protagonists, but To seems to be as unconvincing as the audiences, the fluke (gamble) is not an elixir, the stopgap is rickety, everyone is still caught in the spiderweb and the exit sign seems too far to reach.

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