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Life Without Principle (2011)

Duet min gam (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 20 October 2011 (Hong Kong)
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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.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writers:

Kin-Yee Au, Jeff Cheung (as Ka-kit Cheung) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ching Wan Lau ... Panther
Richie Jen ... Inspector Cheung (as Richie Ren)
Denise Ho ... Teresa
Myolie Wu ... Connie
Hoi-Pang Lo ... Yuen
Hang Shuen So ... Ms. Cheng
Philip Keung ... Lung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah
Felix Wong ... Sum
Chi-yin Wong ... Officier Lee
Stephanie Che ... Jackie
J.J. Jia J.J. Jia ... Ms. Ho
Yoyo Chen ... T.T. Chau
Terence Yin ... Mr. Sung
Bing-Man Tam ... Kwun
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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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Crime | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

20 October 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Datsumeikin See more »

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Opening Weekend:

HKD 3,952,522 (Hong Kong), 23 October 2011, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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the different degrees of greed
5 July 2012 | by dumsumdumfaiSee all my reviews

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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