Hui So-Ying plays the title role in the Hong Kong-filmed Ah Ying. A 22-year-old girl living with her seven siblings, Ah Ying is desirous of escaping her middle-class existence (not to mention her family's fish market). Inspired to pursue her dreams by the songs of American balladeer Jim Croce, Ah Ying enrolls at the Film Culture Center of Hong Kong to take acting lessons. Here she falls in love with her instructor, who is likewise seeking a means to break loose from his routine and become famous. Director Allen Fong based the scenario for Ah Ying on the actual experiences of star Hui So-Ying.
~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide