Last night, we were planning to embark upon the IMDB 250 odyssey that we mentioned to you all a few days back.
But in a last second reversal, we decided to watch the Chinese movie A World Without Thieves instead.
Boy, are we glad that we changed our mind.
Every schmuck knows about the IMDB 250 but how many of you yokels have heard of A World Without Thieves.
Answer us, putzheads. We’re talkin to y’all.
Never mind, that was just a rhetorical question.
A World Without Thieves is an object lesson to both aspiring movie-makers and veteran movie buffs that in the hands of a good screenplay writer, a fine cameraman and a gifted director, a simple story can reverberate on the screen louder and more powerfully than the greatest of stories!
Directed by Feng Xiaogang, A World Without Thieves is a simple but superbly told moral tale of touching innocence encircled by evil.
Two packs of wolves will stop at nothing in their relentless bid to prey upon and destroy innocence represented by Dumbo (Wang Baoqiang), a 21-year-old guile-less monastery construction worker, who naively believes there are no thieves in the world.
Dumbo is going home with 60,000 yuan in his satchel, a fact he loudly advertises right at the train station firm in his conviction there are no thieves in the world.
But unbeknownst to Dumbo on the same train are two packs of wolves, who are constantly machinating new ways to separate Dumbo from his hard-earned money.
The first pack is a criminal gang headed by the menacing Uncle Li and the second is a young couple Wang Bo (Andy Lau) and Wang Li (René Liu).
Packs a Lot
Much of the events in the movie happen on the train and the lens turns its attention mostly to evil, the two gangs eying the satchel, and to the struggle between the two groups for what seems like easy money.
In 100-minutes, A World Without Thieves packs a lot and offers so much. Continue reading »