Movie with a moral

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 December, 2004, 12:00am

Can a naive and honest young man survive in a world full of thieves? That's the question A World Without Thieves poses. The film is directed by Feng Xiaogang and stars Hong Kong's Andy Lau Tak-wah, Taiwan beauty Rene Liu Ruo-ying and renowned mainland actor Ge You.

The film tells the story of two thieves (Lau and Liu) who meet a country boy (Wang Baoqiang) on a train. The boy, who genuinely believes in the kindness of strangers, makes no attempt to hide the fact that he has 60,000 yuans-worth of savings in his bag. The two - moved by the honesty and integrity of the boy - decide to help him stave off another gang of thieves headed by a ruthless and experienced crook (Ge).

Feng does a remarkable job in turning this simple and moralistic tale into a neat, touching film with the help of a well-structured script and some very good acting. Every scene either contributes to the development of the story or brings an extra psychological dimension to the characters.

Lau once again proves his worth as an actor by playing his role with devilish charm. Also look out for the brilliant performances of Ge and Liu, who have box office appeal as well as impressive acting skills often found lacking in local stars.