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A Simple Life (2011)

Tou ze (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 March 2012 (Hong Kong)
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After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

Director:

Ann Hui

Writers:

Susan Chan, Roger Lee (story) (as Yan-Lam Lee) | 1 more credit »
38 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Roger
Deannie Ip ... Ah Tao (as Deanie Ip)
Hailu Qin ... Ms. Choi
Fuli Wang ... Roger's mother
Paul Chun ... Uncle Kin (as Paul Chiang)
Tin Leung ... Headmaster - Resident at Elderly Home
Man-sze Yu Man-sze Yu ... Sharon (as Wendy Yu)
Eman Lam ... Carmen - Roger's assistant
Elena Kong ... Aunt Kam's daughter
Chi-san Chan ... Jason (as Jason Chan)
So-Ying Hui So-Ying Hui ... Mui
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Grasshopper - Elderly home's owner (Special appearance)
Chapman To ... Dentist (Special appearance)
Raymond Chow ... Self (Guest appearance)
Felicia Chow Felicia Chow ... Self (Guest appearance) (as Mrs. Raymond Chow)
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After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Producer Roger Lee began writing loose fragments together and showed them to director Ann Hui. She persuaded him it was enough for a screenplay and encouraged him through his writing process. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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a best of our Fest
17 January 2012 | by bjoycelampertSee all my reviews

The Palm Springs Film Festival ended with a day that included the best films of the fest. A Simple Life was on the list and was the icing on the cake of this great festival. This is a film about our connections to those we love, those we hardly know, and to ourselves. It is a sublimely graceful work and truly seamless. Deannie Yip, plays a maid who has worked for a family for many, many years. When she falls ill she moves to a long term care facility. Her struggle to move into her new role as an "ill person" is completely in keeping with what we know about her character. Great acting! The relationships she shares with the family members she's worked for are studies in the nuances of intimacy. Directed by Ann Hui....it's no wonder she's said to be "Asia's most important female director".


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Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,372, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$191,826

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,776,272
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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