Daily Archives: March 8, 2013

Life Without Principle (HUM415/ HUM425)

Johnnie To’s Life Without Principle (the titled is borrowed from a remarkable essay by Henry David Thoreau) visualizes the human impact of the global financial crisis over the course of several days by following a range of characters (a cop, his wife, a gangster, an investment banker, etc.). For 415 students this is an very interesting cinematic representation of the crises of neoliberal capitalism. For 425 students, To’s filmic construction of the urban space of Hong Kong and its criminal element is worth appraising.