A Beautiful Life (2011 film)

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A Beautiful Life
A Beautiful Life 2011 poster.jpg
Hong Kong poster
Mandarin Bù Zaì Ràng Ní Gū Dān
Cantonese Bat1 Zoi3 Jeong6 Nei2 Gu1 Daan1
Directed by Andrew Lau
Produced by Andrew Lau
Written by Theresa Tang
Starring Shu Qi
Liu Ye
Tian Liang
Feng Danying
Sa Rina
Zhang Songwen
Gao Tian
Anthony Wong
Music by Chan Kwong-wing
Cinematography Andrew Lau
Lai Yiu-fai
Edited by Azrael Chung
Media Asia Films
Beijing Bona Film and Cultural Communication
China Film Media Asia Audio Video Distribution
Basic Pictures
Distributed by Media Asia Distributions
Release date
  • 13 May 2011 (2011-05-13) (China)
  • 26 May 2011 (2011-05-26) (Hong Kong)
Running time
124 minutes
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office $3,707,927[1][2]

A Beautiful Life is a 2011 Chinese romance film directed by Andrew Lau. Its cast includes Shu Qi, Liu Ye, Tian Liang, Feng Danying, Sa Rina, Zhang Songwen Gao Tian, and Anthony Wong.


A real-estate agent Li Peiru (Shu Qi) gets drunk at a karaoke bar and throws up on a lonely cop Fang Zhendong (Liu Ye). Zhendong quickly feels a connection to the flirtatious Peiru despite the fact that she's having an affair with her married boss. The affair ends with Peiru finding out that her boss has been cheating on her.

Peiru works hard to get funding for her business idea, and when she repeatedly fails, Fang sells his house and puts up the money to fund her business. The business fails before it can even get started, and she finds herself destitute.

Meanwhile, Fang has found out that an injury is causing him to slowly lose his mental faculties. To make matters worse, Fang loses his job as a police officer after using an official vehicle for personal purposes.

As she begins to recover from the loss of her business, Peiru begins to appreciate the selfless support she has received from Fang. She realizes that she has fallen in love with Zhendong, but she is unable to find him since he had moved.

One day, when she has established herself in a regular job, Fang's friend comes to see her. She was told of Feng's progressively worsening condition and heads off to look for him.

They meet and reconnect. He insists that she move on since he can no longer support her, but will need her support. She stays and they eventually get married.

Fang is aware that his condition is worsening over time. Eventually, he is unable to do his job and gets lost on his way home from work. Upon arriving back at home, he finds out from Peiru that she is pregnant.

As Fang's condition worsens, he finds himself forgetting more every day, which makes taking care of his new child difficult and frustrating.

Fang sees a burglar coming out of a home near his, and gives chase. After a run through the back-alleys of his neighborhood, he is hit on the head with a brick and ends up in the hospital with serious head-trauma. After days of keeping constant vigil by his bedside, Peiru becomes sick and passes out just as Fang's heart stops beating. They both flash-back to earlier, better times.

She awakens to Fang at her bedside apologizing for making her worry.

They live happily ever after.


Cast Role
Shu Qi Li Peiru
Liu Ye Fang Zhengdong
Tian Liang Fang Zhencong
Feng Danying Xiaowan
Sa Rina Xiaowan's mother
Zhang Songwen
Gao Tian
Anthony Wong
Peiru's mother


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