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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Deanie Ip
Andy Lau
Qin Hailu.
Directors
Ann Hui.
Screenwriters
Susan Chan
Yan-lam Lee.
Running Time
119 minutes

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A Simple Life
Maid in Hong Kong


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Plot
When his elderly maid Ah Tao (Deanie Ip) is left incapacitated by a stroke, her workaholic master Roger (Andy Lau) finds himself torn between the demands of his job and the needs of his loyal servant.


Review
A Simple Life
New wave veteran Ann Hui renowned for her reflective, socially aware character studies. Here, she tackles the issues facing Asia’s ageing population with grace, dry wit and a Venice-winning turn from Deanie Ip. A Simple Life is about the role-reversal between a young master (Andy Lau) and his family maid (Ip) after a stroke puts her in a nursing home. Slowly, the boundaries of age and class fade, and the two develop a quiet, loving bond. It’s not for the impatient; its rewards are in its drifting, everyday nuances, presented without slipping into treacly sentiment. The running time is generous, but Ip’s performance is worth every minute.


Verdict
Director Hui shows a different side to Hong Kong cinema in a tender drama that's illuminated by the marvellous Ip.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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