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A Simple Life (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Andy Lau (Actor) | Deanie Ip (Actor) | Ann Hui (Director)
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A Simple Life (DVD) (Korea Version)
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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.

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Product Title: A Simple Life (DVD) (Korea Version) 桃姐 (DVD) (韓國版) 桃姐 (DVD) (韩国版) A Simple Life (DVD) (Korea Version) 심플라이프 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Deanie Ip (Actor) 劉 德華 (Actor) | 葉德嫻 (Actor) 刘 德华 (Actor) | 叶德娴 (Actor) 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 葉徳嫻(デニー・イップ) (Actor) 유덕화 (Actor) | Deanie Ip (Actor)
Director: Ann Hui 許鞍華 许鞍华 許鞍華(アン・ホイ) Ann Hui
Release Date: 2013-05-07
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Korean
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Eos
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033213892

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심플라이프 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
*Sound Mix: Dolby digital 5.1
*Extras: 인사말,시사회,예고편

*Director: 허안화

* 언론과 평단의 찬사로 세계 유수영화제 수상 석권!
베니스가 반한 그 영화, <심플 라이프>!!
* 수식어가 필요 없는 배우 유덕화
베니스가 선택한 그녀 엽덕한, 환상의 콜라보레이션!
* <천녀유혼>,<황비홍>의 유명제작자 ‘로저 리’의 감동실화!!
* 홍콩 대표 여류 감독 허안화& 홍콩 최고의 제작자 로저 리!
두 사람의 만남에 서극 감독, 시남생, 홍금보, 황추생 카메오 총출동! !


‘가족’의 또 다른 이름, 당신과 함께한다는 것……
4대에 걸쳐 로저(유덕화)네 집안일을 하며 살아온 아타오(엽덕한). 꽤나 성공한 영화제작자인 로저를 제외한 다른 가족들은 모두 이민을 가고, 중국전역으로 출장이 잦은 로저만을 돌보고 있던 아타오는 갑작스레 중풍으로 쓰러지고 만다. 자기 몸조차 추스르기 힘들어지자 로저에게 폐가 되지 않기 위해 요양병원 행을 자처한다. 그곳에서 여러 사연 있는 사람들과의 만남을 가지며 이 새로운 ‘가족’에 적응하려 노력하는 타오와 그 어느 때보다 많은 시간과 관심을 쏟으며 그녀를 돌보는 로저는 자신에게 타오가 얼마나 큰 의미인지 깨닫게 된다. 하지만 점점 타오의 건강은 점점 악화되고 로저는 사랑하는 타오와의 마지막을 함께하는데……!
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Professional Review of "A Simple Life (DVD) (Korea 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

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Customer Review of "A Simple Life (DVD) (Korea Version)"

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

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July 18, 2012

This customer review refers to A Simple Life (2011) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

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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