Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Calling Johnnie To‘s film Life Without Principle a ‘thriller’ may be slightly off-base, but there is a deep tension at the heart of the movie. The story follows people in several economic spheres: a bank worker, a ‘regular’ citizen, and a Triad gangster, and watches as each tries to navigate the Hong Kong economy after the market crash.
By all accounts based on reviews out of TIFF last year, the film misses the mark when it comes to the big dramatic thrust, focusing instead on a lot of granular detail about actual economic matters. But praise has been aimed at the performances from Lau Ching-wan and Denise Ho. And while To’s movies do occasionally miss the forest for the trees, he’s almost always able to create a couple memorable sequences in any given film.
Indeed, the new US trailer for Life Without Principle is, at the very least, a really well-crafted piece of work. I get the idea that it doesn’t represent the movie very honestly, but since watching the trailer will cost nothing but a couple minutes, you’ve got nothing to lose by enjoying it below. Read More »