A Simple Life

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7.51 h 58 min2012NR
Reuniting superstar Andy Lau with his godmother Deanie Ip on the big screen for the first time in 23 years, A Simple Life is a deeply moving story about the relationship between a young man and a family servant that is handled with exquisite affection and grace by Ann Hui.
Directors
Ann Hui
Starring
Andy LauDeanie IpFuli Wang
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
None available
Audio languages
中文
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Supporting actors
Qin HailuEman LamAnthony Wong Chau-SangBik Kee HuiPei ChinHui So-yingJason ChanDennis ChanSammo Hung Kam-BoStanley KwanChapman ToHark TsuiNing HaoAngelababyAndrew Lau Wai-keung
Producers
Ann HuiJeffrey ChanPui-Wah ChanHong Tat CheungStephen LamAndy LauRoger LeeSimon LiYue RenNansun Shi
Studio
Well Go USA Entertainment
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4.3 out of 5 stars

112 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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G. H.Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent acting and directing -- no complaints there -- but ...
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Excellent acting and directing -- no complaints there -- but the story was extremely slow, and neither the characters nor their lives were especially interesting. As another reviewer has said, something was missing to emotionally connect the viewer to the film. It's not a bad movie. It's very well-made. But it is unfortunately a rather tedious movie, and, in my view, quite a bit longer than necessary.

(Also, a side note for those watching with English subtitles: at least on the Amazon streaming version, the subtitles seem to lag increasingly as the movie progresses. They're only a little slow at the beginning, but by the end, whole conversations take place before any subtitles appear.)
2 people found this helpful
aldemaro garciaReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I now need to eat ramen after watching this film.
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I really enjoyed this film. The sad parts were inevitable and the funny parts were unexpected and I like the comedic approach taken it was something new to me. I’ll most likely be watching the films by this production studio and director all week.
2 people found this helpful
Mr. Kipp M. WebbReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Hong Kong movie in Cantonese with English subtitles
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Enjoyable movie
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StevenReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
For being a foreign film, hits close to home
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A truly amazing film. I rented this for a film class, but I didn't expect to be this moved by it.
I've seen two of Ann Hui's films now, and this is my favorite thusfar.
4 people found this helpful
S. L.Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this movie, a bit annoyed with amazon though...
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In case anyone wants to know, this movie is in Cantonese with English subtitles. This information is nowhere to be found. This first time I watched this movie it was in Mandarin and was excited to see it on amazon so that I could show it to my mom. Unfortunately, to my surprise it was in Cantonese and the subtitles were really difficult to see ( could it be any tinier?!) so my mom actually hard a hard time understanding what was going on.

The movie itself though is great.
3 people found this helpful
John NguyenReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie
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Good.
SaskiaReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Simple and absorbing
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I love this movie for its message of love, caring and responsibility towards our elders. It shows how simple things translate into meaningful events in the life of those around us. This movie stays with you and doesn't easily let go.
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Berenice R.Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great!
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A great movie, directed by a friend, that I had seen before on the big screen. Inspired by a true story (I know the film producer who inspired Andy Lau's character.) A great film for my wonderful oncology nurse from Hong Kong. She loved it. Great performances by the two leads.
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