Hong Kong selects Johnnie To thriller

BEIJING — Johnnie To’s suspense-thriller “Life Without Principle” is Hong Kong’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar, the territory’s Motion Picture Industry Assn. said.

It focuses on a bank teller turned financial analyst, a petty thief trying to make it big in the futures market and a middle-class police officer suddenly in need of a cash injection, whose lives intersect when a swag bag of cash pops up.

Movie features Lau Ching Wan, Richie Jen, Denise Ho and an appearance by Terence Yin.

To directed and produced the movie via his Milkyway Image with Media Asia Films. It’s distributed by Media Asia Distribution.

Pic bowed internationally and in competition at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 10. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.

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