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A World Without Thieves (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (25)
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Mainland China's most popular commercial director, Feng Xiaogang (Be There or Be Square, Big Shot's Funeral), premieres his latest work, A World Without Thieves! Wang Bo (Andy Lau) and Wang Li (Rene Liu), two professional thieves who find their consciences challenged. Long partners in love and crime, the two thieves meet a country farmer named Xa Gen (Wang Baoqiang) in a train station. The naive, honest Xa Gen is convinced that he lives in a "world without thieves", but the very train he's boarding is proof of the contrary! Besides Wang Bo and Wang Li, legendary thief Uncle Bill (Ge Yu of My Dog, Cala! and Big Shot's Funeral) is on board, and he and his men are ready to take Xa Gen's savings for themselves. Uncle Bill is also determined to outwit Wang Bo - and he just might have his chance! When Wang Li decides to protect Xa Gen from Uncle Bill's men, Wang Bo finds himself caught in the middle. Will he help Wang Li and oppose Uncle Bill? Or does he have something else up his sleeve?

Unlike Feng Xiaogang's popular satirical comedies, A World Without Thieves is an idealistic motion picture mixing a commercial storyline with an unparalleled collection of pan-Asian actors, including Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, Taiwanese singer-actor Rene Liu, Mainland star Ge Yu, Hong Kong actor Gordon Lam, and athletic Mainland actress Li Bing Bing. Besides premiering successfully in Hong Kong, A World Without Thieves was a Mainland sensation, shattering box-office records and further establishing Feng Xiaogang as China's leading popular filmmaker.

The Mega Star DVD comes with removable English and Chinese subtitles, and both Mandarin and Cantonese language tracks. A World Without Thieves was shot sync-sound in Mandarin, but the Cantonese dubbed track features many top Hong Kong names in its voice cast. Andy Lau and Gordon Lam dub their own voices into Cantonese, but popular actor Anthony Wong provides the Cantonese voice for Uncle Bill, and Chapman To voices the character of Xa Gen!

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Product Title: A World Without Thieves (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version) 天下無賊 (DTS版) (香港版) 天下无贼 (DTS版) (香港版) イノセントワールド 天下無賊 (香港版) A World Without Thieves (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau | Rene Liu | Ge You | Wang Kang | Lin Li Sheng | Feng Xiao Gang | Li Bing Bing 劉 德華 | 劉若英 | 葛優 | 王剛 | 林黎勝 | 馮小剛 | 李冰冰 刘 德华 | 刘若英 | 葛优 | 王刚 | 林黎胜 | 冯小刚 | 李冰冰 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) | 劉若英(レネ・リウ) | 葛優 (グォ・ヨウ) | Wang Kang | 林黎勝 | 馮小剛(フォン・シャオガン) | 李冰冰(リー・ビンビン) 유덕화 | Rene Liu | Ge You | Wang Kang | Lin Li Sheng | Feng Xiao Gang | Li Bing Bing
Release Date: 2005-01-27
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 113 (mins)
Publisher: Mega Star (HK)
Other Information: 1 DVD
Package Weight: 170 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003940861

Product Information

* Screen Format : 16:9 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : DTS-ES 6.1, Dolby Digital EX
* DVD Type : DVD-9

導演:馮小剛
Director: Feng Xiao Gang

  以偷竊及詐騙為生的扒手情侶王薄(劉德華)和王麗(劉若英),因王麗厭倦此種生活意欲隱退,兩人因此反目。在火車上兩人巧遇贛直農民傻根(王寶強),帶著六萬元儲蓄回鄉。其淳樸性恪打動王麗,決意沿途保護他,力阻王薄覬覦傻根儲蓄。豈料火車上剛好另一偷竊集團,為首的彪叔(葛優)決意率眾染指這筆鉅款,王麗為了不讓傻根得悉真相,唯有見招拆招;王薄不甘認輸,亦為了王麗而毅然接受挑戰。在貪念與純真之間,雙方在狹窄的車廂中展開一幕幕的暗戰。然而車中竟然臥虎藏龍,火車到站一刻仍未能分出高下……

  Wang Bo(Andy Lau) and Wang Li (Rene Liu) should have made the perfect Bonnie and Clyde: the former a seasoned con mean and master pickpocket from Hong Kong, the latter a grittier femme fatale from Taiwan. Partners in crime and passion, the couple swindle their way across China, until one fine day Li suddenly decides to call it quits, both to her egregious lifestyle and to her entanglement with Bo. It is at this crossroad in their lives and relationships that they run into Fu Gen in a train station, an encounter that will alter their fate forever.


編 劇:王剛|林黎勝|阿魯
剪 接:劉淼淼
監 製:陳國富
總監製:劉震雲|王中磊|閻于京
策 劃:薛辰|于天宏|何麗嫦|張強
總策劃:韓三平
製片人:錢真穆|劉艷娥|楊戈
美術指導:趙京|趙海
攝影指導:張黎
動作指導:江道海
音樂效果:王 丹戎|王[吉吉]
原創音樂:王黎光
製片主任:王軍|任傑
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Professional Review of "A World Without Thieves (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

December 31, 2004

A World Without Thieves is a crime caper, a personal drama, a morality play, and a travelogue all rolled into one. Pretty impressive stuff, and a lot to pack into a bit less than 2 hours. The fact that it worked so well is a testament to the skills of cast and crew, and the fine script that managed to weave these disparate threads into whole cloth.

Mind you, the fact that the director is Feng Xiao Gang has a lot to do with it: he's the man responsible for Big Shot's Funeral, the black comedy about death and advertising (and I'm still not sure which is worse). He's quite capable of putting together a nicely-tailored production, especially when he's got some heavyweight acting talents at his beck and call. I know I'm expected to wax lyrical about Andy Lau, and it's true that his acting continues to improve, and that his performance in this was strong. What you may not expect is that I have to say that Andy was overshadowed by Ge You, as Uncle Li, leader of a gang of pickpockets and con artists.

If you've seen many mainland Chinese films over the last few years, you may well have seen Ge You. He played a lead role in Big Shot's Funeral, as well as essaying the reptilian Master Yuan in Chen Kaige's masterpiece Farewell, My Concubine. And of course he won the coveted Best Actor award at Cannes in 1994 for his performance in Zhang Yimou's drama To Live, so we know he's got the acting goods. And his performance here was impeccable: quietly compelling, always in control, and endowed with such a depth and subtlety that aspiring actors should weep and give up, knowing they'll never be that good.

Rene Liu rounds out a fine main cast, and all the supporting actors generally carry their characters convincingly. Generally. The one problem I had was with the bumpkin heading home with a wad of cash. Yes, he's supposed to be naive and innocent, but I felt that, like the character in the play within a play in Hamlet, the bumpkin did protest too much. Having not read the book on which the film is based, I can't comment on the nature of the original character, but somewhere between script and actor Dumbo loses credibility. A pity, because otherwise the characterisations are pretty damn fine.

Just a word about other aspects: because the action takes place on board a train or in remote northern China, we're treated to the sweeping vistas and gorgeous scenery characteristic of many mainland Chinese films. You might just want to look at it, because it's pretty enough. And the story moves not at the frantic pace of Hong Kong films, but at a more langorous pace suitable to a more subtle story, with the emotions of the characters being made plain over time. I liked this emotional development, as there's not many film-makers willing to spend the time on characters when they could be blowing stuff up.

In terms of production values, it rates high. The warm colours and unobtrusive camera work complement the story, and there's only one jarring continuity fault later in the film. And the lighting is marvellous: some scenes have a dreamy, timeless feel, with a shaft of sunlight slowing our perception down to the speed of the idly floating dust motes.

Overall, a thoughtful and well-executed film with some great performances.

8 unflattering wigs out of 10

by Alison Jobling - heroic-cinema.com

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Customer Review of "A World Without Thieves (DTS Version) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (25)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (30)

Agnes V.
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October 15, 2007

Excellent cinematography Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I've watched the VCD version of this movie and despite the reduced VCD display capability, I was still impressed with the cinematography of this movie.

The storyline is funny and witty too, and the actors were excellent (not just because they are Andy Lau and Rene Liu).
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Kevin Kennedy
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April 1, 2007

1 people found this review helpful

Entertaining action drama Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Director Feng seems to create entirely unique genres with each of his movies. There really is nothing quite like them.

This film combines drama, romance, comedy, and action to tell an engaging, if uneven, tale of a pair of grifters who have come to a personal and professional fork in the road. Rene Liu, who is pregnant with Andy Lau's child, wants to go straight. Lau has no interest in leaving behind his life of crime.

They meet up with a laborer who is returning to his country home with a bag full of money he earned by painting a monastery. The laborer is a pure-hearted, but simple-minded, bumpkin who thinks the best of everyone. Lau wants to take his money, Liu wants to protect the laborer and make sure he gets home with the cash. The situation gets complicated when they run into a more ruthless team of thieves and a wily cop.

The convoluted plot is a treat to follow and culminates in a poignant conclusion. I highly recommend this film for a general audience.
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February 20, 2007

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Ok Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Well overall the movie was ok but then I must agree with one of the views that he had died at the end just because he had wanted to give the bag of money back to the kid that was unconscious on the train..anyway sad ending but then..I would say the movie was ok...worth watching!
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Apple
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January 30, 2007

Exciting Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This movie is pretty good, especially when the camera shows viewers the way of stealing! Andy Lau is doing great job on that, plus his acting of crying was really good. Story is good as well, just one thing I didn't like was the ending.. The women who got pregnant of Andy's abandoned her baby just because he died and was thieves? I didn't like that ending..
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Rhoda
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October 6, 2006

Touching movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This the first Andy love story i've ever seen. This movie is real nice...up to the end. You should not miss this film. You can always get back to watching it over and over again, and don't get bored.
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