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Duo ming jin (2011)

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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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Johnnie To

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

Credited cast:
Ching Wan Lau ... Panther
Richie Jen ... Inspector Cheung (as Richie Ren)
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wah
Terence Yin ... Mr. Sung
Felix Wong ... Sum
Wing-Cheong Law Wing-Cheong Law ... Wing
Frankie Chi-Hung Ng ... Brother B
Siu-Kei Lee ... Brother Four
Yoyo Chen ... T.T. Chau
Myolie Wu ... Connie
Cake Wong Cake Wong ... Helen
Hoi-Pang Lo Hoi-Pang Lo ... Yuen
Courtney Wu ... Car park security guard
Singh Hartihan Bitto Singh Hartihan Bitto ... Bank security guard
Kin Kwok Wong Kin Kwok Wong
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

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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Money makes the world go round...
12 July 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"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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