Life Without Principle (film)

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Life Without Principle
Life Without Principle poster.jpg
Traditional 奪命金
Simplified 夺命金
Mandarin Duó Mìng Jīn
Cantonese Dyut6 Ming1 Gam1
Directed by Johnnie To
Produced by Johnnie To
Written by Yau Nai-hoi
Yip Tin-shing
Ben Wong
Jeff Cheung
Starring Lau Ching-wan
Richie Jen
Denise Ho
Cinematography Cheng Siu-Keung
To Hung-mo
Edited by David M. Richardson
Distributed by Media Asia Distributions
Release date
  • 9 September 2011 (2011-09-09) (Venice Film Festival)
  • 20 October 2011 (2011-10-20) (Hong Kong)
Running time
106 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Life Without Principle is a 2011 Hong Kong crime drama film produced and directed by Johnnie To[1] and starring Lau Ching-wan, Richie Jen and Denise Ho. This film was screened in competition at the 68th Venice Film Festival on 9 September 2011.[2][3] The North America distribution rights was purchased by Indomina Group shortly after the Festival. The deal was made between Indomina and the film's sales agent Media Asia Group.[4]

The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.[5]


Awards and nominations[edit]

31st Hong Kong Film Awards


  • Best Supporting Actor (Lo Hoi-pang)
  • Best Supporting Actress (So Hang-suen)


  • Best Film
  • Best Director (Johnnie To)
  • Best Screenplay (Yau Nai-hoi, Yip Tin-shing, Ben Wong, Jeff Cheung)
  • Best Actor (Lau Ching-wan)
  • Best Editing (David M. Richardson)
  • Best Original Song

48th Golden Horse Awards


  • Best Actor (Sean Lau)
  • Best Director (Johnnie To)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Yau Nai-hoi, Yip Tin-shing, Ben Wong, Jeff Cheung)


  • Best Film
  • Best Actress (Denise Ho)
  • Best Film Editing (David M. Richardson)

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