A Simple Life (2012)
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as Ah Tao
as Roger's Mother
as Nurse Choi
as Elderly Home Boss
as Aunt Kam
as Uncle Kin
as Mui Gu
as Ying-Mui Gu
as Mui's Mother
as Aunt Kam's Daughter
as Ah Tao
Critic Reviews for A Simple Life
[T]he sort of film in which every detail feels unforced but essential.
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.
Though overlong, Hui's valentine never milks the drama for tears, maintaining an unsentimental focus on the central duo's playful chemistry and the loving way Ah Tao's attention to detail is repaid.
Ms. Hui, a rare successful female director in the Hong Kong film industry, drew her story from real events, and the movie retains a tonic flavor of the everyday: its drama unfolds simply, without explosive moments but not without emotion
Audience Reviews for A Simple Life
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.
This is a relatively slow-paced movie showing the relationship between a young Chinese man and the housekeeper who took care of him and his family for 60 years. Ah Tao has a series of medical misfortunes and just as she cared for him as a boy, he cares for her in her old age. The best thing about the movie is how it depicts what must be the ordinary Chinese living in Hong Kong. But also the relationship that exists between these two people is lovingly played out. Recommended.
A lovely movie about aging, maturing, and learning to care for others. Never brash or broadly sentimental in its message, it succeeds by focusing on the essential details of living and being a good person. Andy Lau's character works in the Hong Kong film industry and it's fun bonus game to try identifying the abundant cameo appearances.
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