Two grifters, Wang Bo and Wang Li, a couple who've been arguing, board a train in rural China. He wants to fleece a peasant, nicknamed Dumbo for his naiveté, who's carrying 60,000 yuan and trusts everyone. She wants to protect the hick kid, an act of expiation brought on by prayer and a visit to a temple. Also on board are one of more sets of thieves, including a calculating boss and his femme fatale. The boss wants to recruit Wang Bo, and a series of contests ensue, with the potential of turning deadly. While Li guards Dumbo from Bo and the others, can she and Bo sort out their relationship? And can Dumbo's simple spirituality touch anyone else?
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A World Without Thieves at times seems like it is trying to be outrageous in the vein of a Kung Fu Hustle and then at times seems it is trying to be serious. It is the lack of definition that keeps it from being great, while still enjoyable. A grifter couple find themselves on a train with a naive young man who has been recently blessed with a large amount of cash. The two must decide if they want to fleece the wide eyed teen who thinks the world of them or protect him from other cons also riding on the same trip.