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.
Ann Hui is a master who works in a lesser known and far less splashy corner of the convention-breaking 1980s new wave of Hong Kong filmmakers. With a fierce social concern and a love for melodrama, Hui here uses one of the world’s biggest stars in the most delicate of roles.
This film is really about intimacy and connection and how familial bonds can form outside of blood relations. How do you take care of the person who has always taken care of you? Love is more than words. Love is action and love is on full display in this lovely movie.
Incredibly subtle & moving performances from two screen legends - there's obvious chemistry in their relationship, and not surprising that Deanie Ip is his real-life godmother. A truly emotional experience and one I always can't wait to go back and revisit.
Just as the title says, a simple portray of a heartwarming relationship between a young man and his old servant. Extraordinary performances from Andy Lau and Deannie Yip makes this even better. Simply touching without any melodramatic moments.