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Life Without Principle (2011) More at IMDbPro »Dyut meng gam (original title)

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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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Release Date:
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
Richie Jen ... Inspector Cheung (as Richie Ren)
Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Bank security guard
Wing-cheong Law ... Wing
Felix Wong ... Sum
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah
Vincent Sze
Siu-Kei Lee ... Brother Four
Philip Keung ... Lung
Chi Hung Ng ... Brother B
J.J. Jia ... Ms Ho
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Yuen

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

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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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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
the different degrees of greed, 5 July 2012
Author: dumsumdumfai from Canada

His film always leave s smirk or a smile on my face. And that is enough and that is what I expected.

If I wanted a big laugh I would go for campy movie or a Japanese over the top serial, like Unburo Deka (sp). But Johnny's film are intricate character studies. And all of it's character that is.

Here I especially enjoy Lau, and his current of ex-triad associates. They are hilarious!!! The Big-Eye character, the recycle guy, the others you see at the banquet.

Sure, you get all the different message of luck vs planning, honesty vs white lies, the power(or evil need) of money ..etc. But it's not didactic, in your face. It is woven in a storey. Yeah,it's emphasized in the banking sequence with the old lady. But it worked in a dramatic way.

Denise Ho is a surprise to me. Sure I'm not in HK and don't know the scene. But she's natural and understated not to overact here at all. While Lau's character brings some energy to the whole subtle mood.

Wathched the deleted scene also. There's another storey there. Not sure if it is too extraneous but explained something. And I would say this one is more attractive a storey than the housing one. Although albeit the housing issue is more easily related to the common folks.

But overall, very enjoyable. Tightly weaved, correctly casted, handled with care.

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