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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.

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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 (as Paul Chiang)
Tin Leung ...
Headmaster - Resident at Elderly Home
Man-sze Yu ...
Sharon (as Wendy Yu)
Eman Lam ...
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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 (Special appearance)
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Raymond Chow ...
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Felicia 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 Film
30 April 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a simple film - two main characters with no blood relation and yet deeply connected to each other - and presumably made with a modest budget. It is slow, and arguably a tad long (but I am OK with it), but as the story evolves I begin to care about them.

As a film it is a great antidote to the sex, violence, intriguing plots, and CGI (I must admit I like some of those too) that we are so used to on the big screen these days. Director Ann Hui indicated the story was inspired by true events and I believe her. What makes this story unique is we are looking at love, respect and a feeling of duty and obligation between two human beings as if they were mother and son

  • but they are not. Instead, what started out as a servant-master


relationship transcended itself to become something more sublime when the care-giver became incapacitated and the table was turned. When this happened the roles were reversed and yet it happened in such an unforced, natural and leisurely fashion.

There are tear-jerking moments, of course, but they came in such an unpretentious manner. The ending is as you would expect when age and illness took their toll on Tao Jie, played by Deannie Yip. And yet, I finished watching the film feeling uplifted, and with a strong sense of hope on humanity.


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