A Beautiful life tells the story of Li Peiru, a greedy and shallow woman who is transformed by love. Peiru moves to from Beijing to Hong Kong to make a living where she meets Fang Zhengdong, a local policeman, by chance at a karaoke bar. Zhengdong takes care of his younger brother, wonderful artist who has a hard time communicating. Li Peiru eventually takes advantage of Fang Zhengdong's kindness, running off with a large sum of his money. She only realizes what he truly means to her when he is nowhere to be found because he moved away after finding out about his deteriorating health.
Cast & Credits
While the story is more of a "slow burn" in romance, the chemistry between the actors is STRONG and gives the film its intensity. The Holly Golightly-type heroine is slightly more vulnerable than you’d expect, which makes her more likable as you watch the film than maybe you would on paper. Definitely watch for Liu Ye’s discreet facial expressions of a reserved man who has fallen head-over-heels in love and desperately trying to hide it.
This film seems like two movies in one, but they both seem like such great stories, that you don't feel too much disconnect once the first set of plot points are completely abandoned. Very rewatchable.