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SACU X UCFC Film Club: Life Without Principle (2011) Discussion

July 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Directed by Johnnie To

Starring Ching Wan Lau, Richie Jen, Denise Ho

The film will be followed by a panel discussion / conversation

2011 | 107mins | Hong Kong SAR, China | rated (18TBC)

The story of three characters: an ordinary bank teller is forced to sell high risk securities to her customers, a small-time thug who delves into the futures index hoping for easy money, and a police inspector who is suddenly desperate for money.


Major Film Festival & Awards:

68th Venice Film Festival Competition Selected Film

48th Golden Horse Awards Best Director, Best Original Script

“Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.”  – The Variety


Dr Hiu Man Chan’s recommendation:

July is a busy month for the debate about Hong Kong in the UK. As we have observed, most of media coverages are biased and fragmentary. They do not report the complexity and deep societal issues that Hong Kong as a capitalist city has been facing for a long time. Some interest groups of course also see opportunities to foreground their continuous agenda with Hong Kong and the new arrivals being used, only as a tool. As we continue to believe here at the UK-China Film Collab, a film says a thousand words. Life Without Principle (2011) portraits very well about the real problems that Hong Kong face. This reviewing experience will certainly make you more informed with necessary knowledge to question future media coverages about this special administrative region of China.


Watch the film then join the Film Club Discussion on Tuesday 26 July, 7.00-8.00pm.


SACU members will be sent the links to watch the film and then join the discussion by Zoom.


SACU’s monthly Film Club is held in collaboration with UK-China Film Collab (UCFC)


July 26, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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