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A Simple Life Review


Extraordinary
Based on a true story, this gently episodic drama beautifully portrays the connection between a man and his long-time family maid. It's funny, involving and so well-observed that it sticks in the mind for a long, long time.

Ah Tao (Yip) has served four generations of the Leung family over 60 years and is a friendly, cheerful fixture in the community. Her only real company is her cat until busy filmmaker Roger (Lau) returns to live in the family's Hong Kong flat. When she suffers a stroke, Tao doesn't want Roger to care for her, so he arranges for her to live in a nursing home and visits her regularly during her recovery. As the years pass, what was once a nanny-child relationship becomes something much more meaningful for both of them.

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Fist Of Legend Review


Very Good
A precursor to Crouching Tiger, Jet Li's Fist of Legend is a high-flying, hidden-wire kick-and-punch-fest, set against a historical, epic backdrop. In this installment of flying fists, Li returns his old school in Shanghai, only to find his teacher assassinated and the Japanese ready to invade (before WWII). Complete with love story and vengeance plots, it's a masterful blend of action and plot. The typically bad dubbing gets in the way, but frankly the story is better than that of Tiger. Too bad the stunts are not quite up to par -- too few and far between -- though when it's on, the fighting is impressive.

A remake of Bruce Lee's Fists of Fury and based on actual events.

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