Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam)

2011

Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam)

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A handful of characters in Hong Kong find themselves caught up in the fallout of a global economic meltdown in this drama from director Johnnie To. Cheung Jin-fong (Richie Jen) is a police detective whose wife Connie (Myolie Wu) has her heart set on buying an expensive condominium; she's convinced it's a shrewd investment, but he's not so sure. Teresa (Denise Ho) works at a bank and has been ordered to boost her sales of investment products if she wants to keep her job, and she finds herself pitching risky financial schemes to people who are not in a position to lose their money. And after low-level mobsters Panther (Lau Ching-wan) and Lung (Philip Keung) lose a large sum of money in a loan sharking scheme gone wrong, their pal Yuen (Lo Hoi-pang) agrees to lend them $10 million, but a mishap at the band causes half the money to go missing, and the crooks are understandably eager to find it. These characters find their lives interacting in unexpected ways after an economic crisis in Greece causes the European markets to tumble, with Hong Kong's financial structure seemingly poised to follow. Duo Mingjin (aka Life Without Principle) received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam)

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  • [To] wants to get us thinking about morality, and our survival instinct, and what's really important in life - conversation starters with value the world over.

    Mar 15, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
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  • You might be surprised at who bends, breaks, or in some cases upholds morals in this dramatic comedy of human greed.

    Mar 14, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life Without Principle (Dyut Meng Gam)

  • Nov 29, 2012
    This is a pretty damn good and it's certainly a very timely film dealing with the European market collapse that then trickles down to affect Hong Kong too. I think the movie does a great job at incorporating this very real event into this story and the stories interconnect in a believable and intelligent manner. The cast is very good as well and the story is strong. I think it covers a lot of moral issues and what a person would do in the same situation and it deals with them, again, in an intelligent manner. Johnnie To's direction has always been great, so no problem there. Really it's just a very good film about a very interesting subject, pulled off exceptionally well. I think there are some pacing problems but, for the most part, this is a damn good film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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