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Movie Info

A film producer (Andy Lau) helps care for his family's lifelong servant (Deanie Ip) after she suffers a stroke and must move into a nursing home.

Cast & Crew

Qin Hailu
Ms. Choi
Fuli Wang
Roger's mother
Paul Chun
Uncle Kin
Tin Leung
Headmaster
Elena Kong
Aunt Kam's daughter
Hark Tsui
Director Tsui
Ann Hui
Director
Susan Chan
Screenwriter
Roger Lee
Screenwriter
Roger Lee
Producer
Chan Pui-wah
Producer
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Life

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (2)

  • There's none of the flashy food porn you'd get in an Ang Lee film such as Eat Drink Man Woman, but as a quiet examination of the central role of food in domestic Cantonese culture, this is about as good as it gets.

    July 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.

    August 9, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny. No plot gimmicks. No twists and turns. Just a simple life.

    August 9, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • In keeping with the title and the heroine, A Simple Life is a straightforward and unassuming gem.

    August 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Perturbing truths about old age nestle inside an outwardly sentimental shell - it's a less cosy or placid prospect than it seems.

    August 3, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A sad and sombre film that uses a plangent piano soundtrack to tug at the heartstrings, but tempers this with a downbeat reality.

    August 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Simple Life

  • Aug 24, 2014
    In "A Simple Life," Ah Tao(Deannie Yip) has been employed by the family of Roger(Andy Lau), a film producer, for decades. Then, one day she has a stroke. Roger pays for her care. With both sensing the end is near for her, he starts looking for a retirement home. Luckily, he knows the owner of one, and is able to cut a deal for a single room for her. While it may not seem like much happens in "A Simple Life" with its deliberate and episodic approach, it is beneath the surface that it is mostly of interest. Namely, it is concerned with life in Hong Kong where as one character points out the population is getting older. On a general note, it is also about family and how it intersects with work, as Roger is about the only family Ah Tao has near her while Roger does seem a little spoiled for a man his age.
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