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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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$556,512
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Hong Kong's submission to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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Performed by Wei Yue
Composed by Wei Yue
Lyrics by Xi Lin
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Produced by Taz Tan
Vocal Producer Peter Kam
Strings by Singapore Symphonic Orchestra
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Gritty, Brilliant, one of To's Best
20 April 2012 | by lyx-1See all my reviews

I really don't understand the low ratings for this superb film. This is one of the most brilliant films about the current state of the world as reflected in Hong Kong society I've seen, especially as an indictment against the financial markets and banks, as exemplified in the cold reptilian nature of the female banker. The non-plot is seamlessly woven, though there's a tribute to Kieslowski here, and To coaxed great performances from most of his cast. The interwoven lives are gripping in their own roller-coaster way, as fortunes ride up and down not unlike the stock market. The only disappointment for me was the ending - I did not expect that of To, but again, it could have been the nod to Kieslowski that he wrapped it up the way he did.


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