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Release Date:
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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13 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Life equal to accident and coincidence See more (9 total) »

Cast

 

Terence Yin ... Mr. Sung

Ching Wan Lau ... Panther
Stephanie Che ... Jackie
Richie Ren ... Inspector Cheung
Wing-cheong Law ... Wing
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah
Felix Wong ... Sum
Siu-Kei Lee ... Brother Four
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Yuen
Vincent Sze
Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Bank security guard
Denise Ho ... Teresa

Courtney Wu ... Car park security guard
Chi Hung Ng ... Brother B
Philip Keung ... Lung
J.J. Jia ... Ms Ho
Fun Lo ... Landlady
Chi-yin Wong ... Officier Lee
Anson Leung
Alan Chui Chung San ... Mr. Sung's bodyguard
Yoyo Chen ... T.T. Chau
Hang Shuen So ... Ms Cheng
Myolie Wu ... Connie
Hoi-Yiu Wong ... Dinner guest
Bing-Man Tam ... Kwun
Patricia Tang ... Receptionist
Kenneth Cheung
Stephen Au ... Inspector Cheung (voice)
Candy Chiu
Kwok-Wah Wong
Chi-Shing Chiu ... Ponytail
Lam Oi Ying
Hei-Loi Lo ... Kwun's wife
Wing-Cheung Cheung (as Chang Yung Cheung)
Wu Yuk Ping
Choi Tsz Kin
Yuen Yue Man
Lau Wai Yan
Kin Kwok Wong
Lora Lu
Lo Keung
Gallan So
Wai-Kin Chan
Ho Hing Fai
Hedy Chang
Eric Huen
Chin Yiu Wing
Ng Man Kai
Wah-Shan Ng ... Restaurant manager
Kitterick Yiu
Chong Man Hong
Ronald Yan ... Ho Sze-tung
Wai Leung Hung ... Waiter
Yiu Tong Lee
Chindy Lau ... Debbie
Kwan Wing Tung
Sze Kwan Ho
Joyce Wong
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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
Pang Wai Kit .... still photographer
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
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
Wong Mei Shin .... 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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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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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Life equal to accident and coincidence, 29 October 2011
Author: philaychan from Hong Kong

Pale color background, 70's and 80's scene set-up, steady frame shot, constant tempo, dramatic directing and acting; the film is full of old day's sentiments, yet it's a story happening in the overwhelmingly prosperous year 2010. Such a misplacement to reflect the most confusing and unbreakable issue that is troubling everyone in the metropolis gives a strong implication of a totally turning upside down era where boundary between right and wrong doesn't exist anymore. Things realigned according to past social order cannot stand the wave of time change; social value, moral standard, principle are all becoming useless and destroyed. No matter how hard one tries to reset it, it's no more than a joke that nobody would pay attention.

As people are turning to a dead end corner, surprises might turn up to help. On the other hand, those who think they can figure out everything not losing a penny might not be as wise as they presume they are, or somehow be ruined by their wisdom. Lo and Keung thought they are the winner of the game; even though they persist until the last breath, their fatal ending wouldn't change. Denise Ho and Lau, playing honest roles ever, should have been the loser of the game, but thanks to an accident, they both live a decent life thereafter without spending an effort. It's not strange or new to see fate or coincidence happening to the characters in Johnny To's film, but being put in a world of misplacement, this time it looks more like an accident than it's under fate, leading to an even more absurd ending where the world is totally unpredictable that one can't reason it. Mankind relies on accident and luck to settle down, that is a laughable grief.

The film, however; doesn't seem to rule out hard work could bring return, at least Wong, the role of recyclable paper collector, has enough significance. Unfortunately just a while later we see an old working class having fallen under the fade-out group of the society trying to kill himself. The script is actually talking to itself debating over the subject. It even further elaborates by condemning through the characters' dialog. The most remarkable one is the confession by JJ Jia in the police station. Her brilliant acting has turned uncontrollably subconscious contradiction within into reasonable greed. What a marvelous demonstration of metropolis ridiculousness!

Sensibility might not win in this battle against absurdity. Richie Ren has been in a terribly confusing state struggling deeply within throughout the entire film. Not to mention the incidents he faces as a police inspector, he has yet to deal with a lot of personal problems such as his wife's persistence to purchase an apartment under the high market price, a seriously sick father and the sudden arrival of a younger sister by the mysterious wife of his father. These, however; are not dramatic enough to constitute irony effect, so the director has to arrange his wife coming to a sudden awakening by seeing him would die as the ending of the story. All these have come together too fast that Richie Ren is unable to react. He acts in such a slow-reflex way that has conveyed his thoughts of questioning "what's going on with my fate?" He rather believes it's all a coincidence. By taking away one's fate, he loses control over his life and all that left to him is coincidence. He has to pray for this for the rest of his life.

Although the script is full of condemns to reality, the director has remained himself as an outsider with a very calm view over what is happening. The shots are all apathetic, just like people ignoring what is happening around them every day. This metaphor is too good, really too good that it might need another accidental coincidence to wake up the audiences before they would even notice it.

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