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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

Sun, Feb 12, 2012
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Tue, Feb 21, 2012
at 6:15 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Thu, Feb 23, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)
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LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE

DIRECTOR: Johnnie To - HONG KONG

A departure from To’s action films, Life Without Principle is a sharp and complex look at contemporary Hong Kong life in the wake of the financial crisis over the last few years. The film tells the story of three characters: a financial analyst forced to sell high-risk securities to customers in order to meet sales targets, a thug dealing in futures in order to earn enough money to post bail for a friend, and a police inspector suddenly in financial straits due to family obligations. In dire need of money, each is forced to make morally questionable choices when stolen money turns up. With strong performances by his cast, To fashions a powerful depiction of desperation and compromise in a time of financial strain. “To shows his mastery of urban space, tension, and action ... one of contemporary cinema’s preeminent visual structuralists.”—Vancouver Film Festival (107 mins.)

Selected Filmography: The Heroic Trio (93), PTU (03), Election (05), Election 2 (06), Exiled (06), Sparrow (08), Vengeance (09).

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office.

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Interests: Narrative Feature.

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