Indomina opts for “Life Without Principle”


The Indomina Group Acquires North American Distribution Rights to Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle”


Film Set for Premieres at Venice and Toronto Film Festivals


Los Angeles, CA – September 7, 2011 – Continuing to add firepower to its burgeoning theatrical release slate, it was announced today that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing producer and distributor of film, TV and transmedia content and leading proponent of ‘fanboy’ cinema, has acquired North American distribution rights to the thriller “Life Without Principle” – the newest film from internationally acclaimed director/producer and contemporary maestro of Hong Kongese action cinema Johnnie To (“Vengeance,” “Election,” “The Mad Detective,” “PTU,” “Exiled”).

The announcement was made by Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann on the day of the film’s highly anticipated world premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Shortly thereafter the film will have its North American premiere when it screens as a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed and produced by the legendary Johnnie To, “Life Without Principle” tells the story of three characters: an ordinary bank teller turned financial analyst is forced to sell high risk securities to her customers in order to meet her sales target; a small-time thug delves into the futures index hoping to earn easy money to post bail for a buddy in trouble with the law; a straight-arrow police inspector, who has always enjoyed his middle income lifestyle, is suddenly desperate for money when his wife puts a down payment on a luxury flat she can’t afford and his dying father wants him to look after a young half-sister he never knew he had.

Three people who are in dire need of money for the predicaments in their respective lives have nothing in common until a bag of stolen money worth $5 million pops up and lands them in an intricate situation that forces them into making soul searching decisions about right and wrong and everything in between on the morality scale.

The film reunites Johnnie To with prior collaborators Lau Ching Wan (“Running Out of Time 1 and 2” and “Mad Detective”), and Richie Jen (“Exiled”) who star in the film with Denise Ho (“Merry-Go-Round”)  and guest star Terence Yin. The screenplay was written by Au Kin Yee, Wong King Fai, and Milkyway Creative Team.

Indomina’s Vice President of Acquisitions, Rob Williams, brokered the deal with Media Asia’s Fred Tsui.

Commenting on the acquisition, Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann said, “Johnnie To is an iconic filmmaker with a massive fan following that mirrors Indomina’s target audience. This is a natural fit for us. ‘Life Without Principle’ is another masterpiece that delivers on all levels and stands out as a true original with the intensity and emotion true to a Johnnie To film. We are excited to bring this film to audiences in theU.S.”

“Life Without Principle” is presented by Media Asia Films, produced by Milkyway Image and distributed by Media Asia Distribution.

The Indomina Group has had an active summer, having recently acquired North American distribution rights (as well as financing and selling) the comedy “A Fantastic Fear of Everything” starring Simon Pegg (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”).

In July, Indomina announced a partnership with Samuel L. Jackson to produce a new live action “Afro Samurai” film based on the popular animated series that has spawned an impressive franchise and a global following. This highly anticipated film project is expected to come off the ground in 2012.

Indomina’s critically-acclaimed epic adventure “Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame” directed by Tsui Hark is currently in theaters, with the highest per-screen box office average of the Labor Day holiday weekend in North America. Other recent releases include the romantic comedy “Griff the Invisible,” starring Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Yuen Woo Ping’s martial arts feature “True Legend,” starring Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Michelle Yeoh and the late David Carradine, and Teddy Chan’s award-wining “Bodyguards & Assassins.”



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