A World Without Thieves (2004)
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Critic Reviews for A World Without Thieves
There's a terrific story under all of this -- if only Xiaogang could have found it.
A World Without Thieves is less comedic than Feng's 2001 film Big Shot's Funeral, but still carries the same kind of examination of human heart and soul (or lack thereof).
The whole story seems way too melodramatic for its own good, with the astoundingly weepy score inspiring many a chuckle.
Audience Reviews for A World Without Thieves
A World without Thieves, from Xiaogang Feng, brings a challenge to the thieves.
The film highlights the main characters with its slow and lengthy introduction, leaving the opening title sequence absent until 10 minutes in. Despite moments where the story becomes melodramatic while moving at a leisurely pace, the level of intrigue is high enough to overcome that and hold attention.
Complete with some stylization and a few moments of CG, the thievery is nicely done and amusing to view. The train, which is where well more than half of the film takes place, provides a fun setting for the story.
Andy Lau and Rene Liu work well together. Ge You and Li Bingbing cast the standout supporting characters.
A World without Thieves has its ups and downs, mostly ups, and is a Hong Kong crime drama worth viewing.
Chinese films excel at staying focused on the main themes and not deviating, and 'A World Without Thieves' is no exception. The majority of the action is within plain sight of the civilians, yet still kept secret, which is a really neat gimmick. The main cast have clear characteristics and motives, which means as a viewer, you very quickly become attached to them from the start. And hey, who doesn't love a classic Chinese ending? ...
This is based on a short story but Dir. Feng Xiaogang made the film surpass the original story. A must see.
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