A Simple Life

| February 15, 2013

Hong Kong veteran director Ann Hui brings together two of its major stars, Deanie Ip and Andy Lau, for a very warm-hearted drama that is sure to please everyone. On February 26, 2013, Well Go USA will release A Simple Life on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House Of Flying Daggers, numerous others) is Roger, a successful movie producer. Deanie Ip ( Crying Heart, Dances With The Dragon) is Ah Tao, who has worked for Roger’s family as a nanny and maid over the course of four generations. When Roger comes home to find Ah Tao has suffered a severe stroke and is unable to care for herself, he agrees to help her relocate to a nursing home.

As they live in the super-crowded global city of Hong Kong, this facility is right in the middle of a city street, making it easy for the residents Рranging widely in terms of age, health and mental alertness Рto receive visitors and take chaperoned strolls around the bustling neighborhood.  Although the facility is not necessarily the most luxurious or cozy of environments, it seems to suit Ah Tao well enough now that her working life is over.

But Roger is conflicted because he wants to provide the help himself, but fears more than anything that his efforts will fail this woman who is, by all accounts, a very important member of his family. She needs his kindness but doesn’t want to be a burden. As their roles reverse, he becomes her caregiver and comes to understand just how much she means to him.

Ann Hui’s other films include Ordinary Heroes, Night and Fog, and A Simple Life won Best Director at the 2011 Golden Horse Fil Festival and the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards, where it also won Best Picture. This film was Hong Kong’s official submission to the 2012 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

A Simple Life will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital beginning February 26, 2013 from Well Go USA.


About the Author:

Del Harvey is a co-founder of Film Monthly. He is an independent filmmaker, film director, screenwriter, and film teacher, currently living in Chicago.

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