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A Simple Life [DVD]

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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip, Lawrence Ah Mon
  • Directors: Ann Hui
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008S8T8EA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Since her teenage years, CHUNG Chun-Tao has worked as an amah -- a servant -- for the Leung family. Known as Ah Tao, she witnessed every aspect of the family's life. Now, after 60 years of service, she is looking after Roger, who works in the film industry and is the only member of the family still resident in Hong Kong. One day Roger comes home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to quit her job and move into a nursing home. Giving ever more time and attention to Ah Tao's needs and pleasures, Roger comes to realise how much she means to him. Roger's mother visits from California and suggests reclaiming an apartment building the family owns to provide Ah Tao with a final home of her own. But Ah Tao's health begins to deteriorate rapidly ...

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For some reasons, oriental movie-makers have te secret of making simple movies that are powerful and moving, just because, in their simplicity, they reach the very depths of our heart. Full of movie stars, nonetheless utterly unpretentious, it presents simple facts in the simplest, crystal clear, most touching, moving way. A deep human experience in movie form. I hope this UK edition includes the extras of the Hong-Kong edition I just watched, because the "no regrets" documentary, in which cast members reflect on old age, illness, death and the human condition is also beautiful. Don't miss is if you think that cinema is more than pop corn and car chases; if you think that art, in general, has something to say about us, human beings.
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This movie is great it has two great Hong Kong Actor/Actress, Andy Lau who stared in "House of Flying Daggers", " Infernal Affairs" and Deanie Ip who stared in the Hong Kong cult classic "Spiritual Love" and "Carry On Pickpocket". This film is not a action film so some people might be disappointed. The story is about Roger (Andy Lau) who has to put his maid Chung Chun To (Deanie Ip) into a care home. I was surprise at just how good this movie was considering a lot of the movie is just talking but with 33 Awards you cant go wrong with this movie.
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Some people might find this film too slow-moving, but I found the detailed portrayal of a relationship between a young man and his old, family servant servant, delightful, poignant, and moving. I suppose some Westerners might also find the whole concept of servants a bit uncomfortable, but I was brought up in Taiwan, where we had servants in the earlier days, so it had a lot of resonance for me. I have visited Hong Kong several times, and enjoyed the setting, too. I was interested to find that the story was based on reality, and that the director is a woman, both points which I feel explain the emotional tone of the film.
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This film is wonderful. It manages to convey so much with very little dialogue or explaination. The cultural information is fascinating too.
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I like the simple non gimmicky way the film was shot and the simple way subject matter itself was covered
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Bit of a slow mover, but good nonetheless.
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very very good very moving well acted
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there is no doubt that this movie is most wonderfully acted but by the end it just left you feeling a bit like, what was the point?
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