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Life Without Principle (2011/Indomina/Vivendi DVD)


Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Film: C+



What would you do if a bag of money just dropped right in front of you? When $10 Million HK dollars in cash falls into the laps of some desperate individuals, the lines of morality blur in Johnnie Tos Life Without Principle (2011).


On the worst possible day, when the Hong Kong stock marker crashes this amount of money can save the possible careers of a banker teller, mafia bookie, mafia investor, or police couple will need the money. Who will get away with it or end up getting caught?


A young bank teller who made a series of unwise investments with a mafia bookie and the investor needs to restore the mafia's fortunes, a desperate police couple who are in need of money to buy the home of their dreams and all of them have no relation to one another except they are in deep debt and need money fast. With the death of loan shark the police are already looking for the missing money and who took them, and that's not to mention all these gangsters are also involved. Is this money a gift from heaven or a temptation to sin?


What can you say, human greed, it always wins (otherwise it wouldn't make a very good show) Everyone one has principles they live by, but what would it take to make a person break those principles? (Certainly if you're desperate it helps.) But is money the root of evil? I would say those people who place value on them is the real source of evil, but just remember karma has always some way of biting back if you are not careful.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is a little washed out, style or not, and should look better considering it was shot on 35mm in real anamorphic Technovision, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix is good but not great. This needs a Blu-ray. There are also no extras, so this is a basic disc, but this is worth seeing if you like Tos films.



- Ricky Chiang


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