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A Simple Life (2011)
"Tou ze" (original title)

 -  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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roger
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Ah Tao (as Deanie Ip)
Hailu Qin ...
Ms. Choi
Fuli Wang ...
Roger's mother
Paul Chun ...
Uncle Kin
Tin Leung ...
Headmaster - Resident at Elderly Home
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 ...
Mui
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Grasshopper - Elderly home's owner
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Dentist
Raymond Chow ...
Himself
Felicia Chow ...
Herself (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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CNY 30,000,000 (estimated)
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The film received a small release in Hong Kong in September 2011 in order to qualify for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. However it didn't get a wide release in the same country until March 2012. See more »

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

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A Simple Hidden Gem
20 March 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I saw this film during the film festival in Norway; it's been a long, long time since I watched a movie which captivated me even after the credit started to roll.

It's a movie which primarily focus on every little moment of an elderly woman, but it is never a dull moment as the first impression might seem. It's a movie which really drives you to care for the characters in a natural way as opposed to many films where they "force" you with "natural" gimmicks. No, this movie broke most typical western styles, but at the same time made it entertaining and thrilling.

It's a movie where there're no explosions, no foresight drama or no extreme twists... it's truly, a simple life, which showed me how simple it can be to be humble, and care for those we love.


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