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A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Andy Lau (Actor, Producer) | Deanie Ip (Actor) | Ann Hui (Director) | Sammo Hung (Actor)
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Renowned Hong Kong director Ann Hui (Summer Snow) has perhaps made the crowning achievement of her marvelous career with A Simple Life, a crowd-pleasing human drama that quietly tugs at viewers' heartstrings with its restrained sentiments and delicately drawn characters. A solemn yet humorous exploration of seniority, the film tells a bittersweet story revolving around the lives of elderly maid Sister Tao and her master, played respectively by veteran actress Deanie Ip and superstar Andy Lau, whose past screen collaborations serve to inspire enormous chemistry between their characters. Their impeccable performances have earned numerous prestigious prizes for the film, including Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, Best Director, Actor, and Actress at the Golden Horse Awards, and the rare feat of the Big Five (Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress) at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Based on the true story of producer Roger Lee, A Simple Life also features a number of famous stars and filmmakers in supporting or cameo roles, including Qin Hailu, Anthony Wong, Paul Chun, Chapman To, and Sammo Hung, among many others. Sister Tao (Deanie Ip) has served five generations of the Leung family since she was thirteen. Today, at over seventy years old, she continues to take care of Roger (Andy Lau), the only member of the family left in Hong Kong. After suffering a stroke at home one day, Tao realizes it's about time she retired, so she asks Roger to find her a nursing home for rehabilitation. Tao struggles to adjust to the strange new environment as well as her eccentric fellow inmates, but Roger is there to care for this mother figure who has devoted her life to his.

Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with film trailers, making-of, deleted scenes, and director and stars interviews.

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Product Title: A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 桃姐 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 桃姐 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 桃(タオ)さんのしあわせ (桃姐) (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Miss Peach / Sister Peach Miss Peach / Sister Peach Miss Peach / Sister Peach Miss Peach / Sister Peach Miss Peach / Sister Peach
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Deanie Ip (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Billy Lau (Actor) | Kung Suet Fa (Actor) | Tsui Hark (Actor) | Tam Bing Man (Actor) | John Sham (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Lam Yi Luk (Actor) | Leung Tin (Actor) | Amanda Qin (Actor) | Lai Yin Shan (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Leung Chuk Mun (Actor) | Wang Fu Li (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Eman Lam (Actor) | Andrew Lau (Actor) | Raymond Chow (Actor) | Lawrence Lau (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Queenie Chu (Actor) | Ning Hao (Actor) | Angelababy (Yang Ying) | Hui So Ying (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Xu Bi Ji (Actor) | Roger Lee 劉 德華 (Actor) | 葉德嫻 (Actor) | 洪金寶 (Actor) | 黃 秋生 (Actor) | 羅蘭 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 樓南光 (Actor) | 宮雪花 (Actor) | 徐 克 (Actor) | 譚炳文 (Actor) | 岑建勳 (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (Actor) | 林以諾 (Actor) | 梁天 (Actor) | 秦海璐 (Actor) | 黎燕珊 (Actor) | 江美儀 (Actor) | 梁焯滿 (Actor) | 王馥荔 (Actor) | 張同祖 (Actor) | 林二汶 (Actor) | 劉偉強 (Actor) | 鄒文懷 (Actor) | 劉國昌 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 朱慧敏 (Actor) | 寧浩 (Actor) | 楊 穎 | 許 素瑩 (Actor) | 陳智燊 (Actor) | 許 碧姬 (Actor) | 李恩霖 刘 德华 (Actor) | 叶德娴 (Actor) | 洪金宝 (Actor) | 黄 秋生 (Actor) | 罗兰 (Actor) | 秦沛 (Actor) | 楼南光 (Actor) | 宫雪花 (Actor) | 徐 克 (Actor) | 谭炳文 (Actor) | 岑建勋 (Actor) | 杜汶泽 (Actor) | 林以诺 (Actor) | 梁天 (Actor) | 秦海璐 (Actor) | 黎燕珊 (Actor) | 江美仪 (Actor) | 梁焯满 (Actor) | 王馥荔 (Actor) | 张同祖 (Actor) | 林二汶 (Actor) | 刘伟强 (Actor) | 邹文怀 (Actor) | 刘国昌 (Actor) | 詹瑞文 (Actor) | 朱慧敏 (Actor) | Ning Hao (Actor) | 杨 颖 | 许 素莹 (Actor) | 陈智燊 (Actor) | 许 碧姬 (Actor) | 李恩霖 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 葉徳嫻(デニー・イップ) (Actor) | 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | 秦沛(チョン・プイ) (Actor) | 樓南光(ビリー・ラウ) (Actor) | 宮雪花(コン・シュッファー) (Actor) | 徐克(ツイ・ハーク) (Actor) | 譚[火丙]文(タム・ビンマン) (Actor) | 岑建勲(ジョン・シャム) (Actor) | 杜汶澤 (チャップマン・トー) (Actor) | 林以諾(ラム・イーノウ) (Actor) | 梁天 (リャン・ティエン) (Actor) | 秦海璐 (チン・ハイルー) (Actor) | Lai Yin Shan (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Leung Chuk Mun (Actor) | Wang Fu Li (Actor) | 張同祖 (チョン・トンチョー) (Actor) | 林二汶 (イーマン・ラム) (Actor) | 劉偉強(アンドリュー・ラウ) (Actor) | 鄒文懷(レイモンド・チョウ) (Actor) | 劉國昌 (ローレンス・ラウ) (Actor) | 詹瑞文(ジム・チム) (Actor) | Queenie Chu (Actor) | 寧浩 (ニン・ハオ) (Actor) | Angelababy (アンジェラベイビー) | Hui So Ying (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Xu Bi Ji (Actor) | Roger Lee 유덕화 (Actor) | Deanie Ip (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Anthony Wong (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Paul Chun (Actor) | Billy Lau (Actor) | Kung Suet Fa (Actor) | 서극 (Actor) | Tam Bing Man (Actor) | John Sham (Actor) | Chapman To (Actor) | Lam Yi Luk (Actor) | Leung Tin (Actor) | Amanda Qin (Actor) | Lai Yin Shan (Actor) | Elena Kong (Actor) | Leung Chuk Mun (Actor) | Wang Fu Li (Actor) | Cheung Tong Cho (Actor) | Eman Lam (Actor) | Andrew Lau (Actor) | Raymond Chow (Actor) | Lau Kwok Cheung (Actor) | Jim Chim (Actor) | Queenie Chu (Actor) | Ning Hao (Actor) | 안젤라베이비 | Hui So Ying (Actor) | Jason Chan (Actor) | Xu Bi Ji (Actor) | Roger Lee
Director: Ann Hui 許鞍華 许鞍华 許鞍華(アン・ホイ) Ann Hui
Producer: Andy Lau | Roger Lee 劉 德華 | 李恩霖 刘 德华 | 李恩霖 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) | Roger Lee 유덕화 | Roger Lee
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-06-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: I
Duration: 118 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030993188

Product Information

* Special Features:
- Trailers
- No Regret
- Making of
- Deleted Scenes

Director: Ann Hui

Based on real people and events, CHUNG Chun-Tao has worked as an amah-a servant- for the Leung family. 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 Tao has suffered from a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to quit her job and move into a nursing home. Roger researches the possibilities and finds her a room in an establishment run by an old friend. Tao moves in and begins acquainting herself with a new “family”” the brisk but fundamentally kind supervisor Ms Choi and a motley crew of elderly residents, including the dapper Uncle Kin, the jealous Auntie-Kam, the erudite “Headmaster” and the good-hearted dialysis patient Mui Gu. Giving ever more time and attention to Tao’s needs and pleasures, Roger comes to realize how much she means to him. But Tao’s health begins to deteriorate rapidly….
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Professional Review of "A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 5, 2012

This professional review refers to A Simple Life (2011) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
With the amount of accolades, both international and local, given to A Simple Life months before its Hong Kong release, the expectation is undeniable: this had better be one damn good movie. Good news: the film passes muster, though not without an adjustment of expectations. A Simple Life is detailed and immersive, but also dry and deceptively cold, choosing to tell its could-be tearjerker tale with low-key subtlety and perhaps alienating distance. The film has a simple story with only occasional narrative flow, and its hands-off approach may not be engaging for casual audiences. However, A Simple Life is a film by Ann Hui, and simple stories are something she's very, very good at.

Based on the true story of film producer Roger Lee (serving here as both producer and co-screenwriter), A Simple Life details the twilight of Chung Chun-Tao (Deanie Ip), an amah or housemaid to the Leung family who's forced into retirement when she suffers a stroke. The Leung family only has one remaining family member in Hong Kong: Roger (Andy Lau), a film producer who's frequently away on location. Tao's ailing condition means a change in the decades-long status quo, but instead of becoming Roger's burden, she requests to be put into an assisted living home in the Shamshuipo district. There, Tao recovers from her stroke and discovers a new life, while her relationship with Roger undergoes a quiet, gentle change. Ultimately, Tao's health worsens and Roger must make a difficult choice.

Roger's choice concerning Tao is the type of dramatic decision that whole films have been built on, with audience waterworks an expected by-product. This is a commercial melodrama trope, and A Simple Life is a true story teeming with them. Imagine you are producer Roger Lee, and you have a chance to place yourself in a story with many tearjerking and heartrending situations. Picturing a movie-of-the-week weepie with life lessons and misty realizations is not hard, but Ann Hui does not go that route, and what's remarkable is that everyone, including Roger Lee and Andy Lau, went along with her. A Simple Life is effectively told and impeccably performed but it uses moviemaking in a manner that mass audiences usually do not respond to. Basically, it doesn't really tell them how to feel.

A Simple Life possesses many moments that could be pandering or manipulative. Tao's stroke is a sudden event, and her companions in the assisted living home are subject to bad news, but Hui routinely shies away from heightened realizations or drama. Some twists are nothing more than mild fakeouts, and some of the biggest events happen offscreen. Emotional choices are quiet and not contemplative; decision-making happens silently, with the film's biggest moment coming off as remote and even unfeeling. Given Hui's handling, Roger appears as a conflicted figure - a caring and warm man who's also pragmatic and seemingly cold. But Roger's big moment is also very much like life. If a man is faced with a tough decision alone, what can he do but simply make it? In another film, full of warm colors and forthcoming sentiment, such a moment would seem nearly cruel. But here, under Ann Hui's direction, it merely feels real.

Emotion is present in nearly every moment in the film, but it's not conveyed through dialogue or obvious direction. Much of A Simple Life is observational, with characters and actions telling the story, and the focus isn't entirely on Roger and Ah Tao. The assisted-living home also gets attention, sometimes revealing social critique and other times revealing snippets of character. There's minor social commentary here, but this is not a social drama. Instead, the film seems concerned with creating a credible, fully-realized portrait of a life. The cameos help; people like Tsui Hark and Sammo Hung show up as themselves, occupying the roles that other real-life filmmakers played in Roger Lee's own life. The cameos are a little showy but never intrusive, except perhaps in the too-lengthy introduction to director Ning Hao (Crazy Stone). Moreover, they add an extra layer of credibility if one is aware of the actual connections or references to Roger Lee's life.

Photography from Yiu Lik-wai adds some warmth to the proceedings, as do the performances, though subtly. Neither Deanie Ip nor Andy Lau are transparent in their acting; both are opaque and layered, creating characters and establishing relationships with natural gazes, incidental dialogue and simple actions. Awards have already been given to both Ip and Lau for A Simple Life and that's understandable; these are fully-immersed performances that fully inhabit other lives, and the film echoes their efforts. Dramatic arcs are quiet yet credible, and the film proves poignant through detailed sentiment and not false sentimentality. The film might seem to lack a developing story, but the emotional thread that binds everything together is strong - a result of filmmakers and actors on the same page and sharing the same vision. A Simple Life is accomplished and true, possessing of integrity and soul, if not a heart worn on its sleeve.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

Editor's Pick of "A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

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June 29, 2012

Simply splendid
Watching Ann Hui's A Simple Life, I was moved by the kind of traditional value that perhaps hardly exists anymore in this time and age. Based on the actual story of Hui's producer friend Roger Lee, the film is about the final years of Tao Jie, the maidservant who has devoted almost her entire life to serving his family. When she is no longer able to take care of him in her waning years, they practically have their roles reversed, and her master repays her with love and care like he is her filial son. In the hands of any other filmmaker, this story would probably have been milked for its sappy tear-jerking potential, but Hui here manages to touch the audiences in a sincere and unique manner without being intrusively sentimental.

The film's main narrative concerns Tao Jie's post-retirement adventures in the old people's home. Aging, sickness, and death are natural and inevitable processes of life. Elderly people constitute a sizable portion of the population, yet their voices are not duly represented in the media. A Simple Life shows Hui's humanitarian concern for the oft-neglected welfare of senior citizens, bringing attention to the needs and problems of this particular demographic.

Certainly, the film wouldn't have been the award magnet it is had it not been for the star pair's involvement. Deanie Ip is the absolute focus of the film; her flawless, multilayered portrayal of Tao Jie deserves every accolade she has been given. Andy Lau turns in a low-key but solid performance that can easily win appreciation, not to mention his crucial role in pulling the strings that made the film possible in the first place. The leads' great chemistry from their longtime screen collaboration is clearly instrumental in making their characters work.

Ip and Lau take all the limelight, but the supporting cast also makes their contribution count. Anthony Wong, Qin Hailu, and especially Paul Chun put in quality performances in the brief screen times allotted to them. Even the cameo appearances of Sammo Hung, Tsui Hark, Chapman To, and Jim Chim leave an appropriate impact. Compared to Hui's stylistically similar recent film The Way We Are, which offered another subtle, plain, and realistic depiction of a rarely depicted side of Hong Kong, A Simple Life is a much more rounded film, and the stars arguably make a lot of the difference.

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Customer Review of "A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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July 18, 2012

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Charming tale Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film deserves all the praise it has had. Its a real heartwarming tale that has much to say about getting older. If this film does not move you then you must be dead already. The blu ray has great picture quality. Despite a 7.1 surround track there is not really much going on as its a dialogue driven movie. Worth a mention is the new dolby true advanced 96k upsamling logo on the disc and the package. Not sure how that is true as my amplifier and blu ray player both said it was a 48k track.
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