Life Without Principle 2012 NR

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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.

Starring:
Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

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Life Without Principle

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Genres Drama
Director Johnnie To
Starring Ching Wan Lau, Terence Yin
Supporting actors Wing-cheong Law, Richie Ren, Hoi-Pang Lo, Vincent Sze, Siu-Fai Cheung, Singh Hartihan Bitto, Felix Wong, Chi Hung Ng, Siu-Kei Lee, Courtney Wu, Denise Ho, Stephanie Che, J.J. Jia, Alan Chui Chung San, Philip Keung, Stephen Au, Yoyo Chen, Anson Leung
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 10, 2012
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The movie starts out interesting as a look into Chinese investment banking industry. Brokers are pressured to sell investments. They are pushing BRIC, a portfolio of 20 stocks that invests in firms in Brazil, India, and China...something I personally wouldn't mind owning. It is "high risk." The bank charges 2%. People on low fixed incomes are allowed to invest their life savings in the deal. Teresa (Denise Ho) is one such broker who is torn between ripping people off and doing her job.

Yuen (Hoi-Pang Lo) hates the banking system and keeps his money in liquid savings. When the EU economy crashes, its ripple effect hits Chinese investors. Yuen is now rich as he has money to loan at 30% interest rates. Given a window of opportunity, Teresa manages to obtain a bag of money belonging to Yuen, a man who seems to disgust her. The film's idea of humor is to make puns of BRIC and brick. And:

Who ordered noodles before the banquet?
The fat guy over there.

Later it does engage in more sophisticated humor, even a bit of mild irony.

I was more fascinated when they made an arrest. They said something similar to the Miranda rights and offered the criminal a hood to wear to shield himself from the public, unlike in the US where the cops parade criminals around the police station doing "the walk of shame." Inspector Cheung (Richie Ren) is a straight laced detective/ police officer. His wife Connie (Myolie Wu) wants to lease an apartment out of their price range.

The crime syndicate is a brotherhood, so everyone is confusingly called "brother" or "sister" or "older sister" or "Fourth brother." It is difficult to tell who is blood related and who is not, possibly a translation issue.
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By Chen Tang on October 5, 2014
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good story
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