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Not Rated | | Drama | 9 March 2012 (Hong Kong)
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)
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Ms. Choi
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Roger's mother
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Uncle Kin (as Paul Chiang)
Tin Leung ...
Headmaster - Resident at Elderly Home
Man-sze Yu ...
Sharon (as Wendy Yu)
Eman Lam ...
Carmen - Roger's assistant
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Aunt Kam's daughter
Chi-san Chan ...
Jason (as Jason Chan)
So-Ying Hui ...
Mui
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Raymond Chow ...
Himself (Guest appearance)
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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A Simple Life  »

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CNY 30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

HKD 8,326,658 (Hong Kong), 11 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$191,456, 27 May 2012
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Andy Lau and Deannie Ip were chosen in part because of their close relationship to one another as YIp is Lau's godmother and had already played his mother in several films. See more »

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A simply touching film
9 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

This film is about a maid who is forced to retire after a stroke. Her life and the relationships around her change drastically.

"A Simple Life" is a touching story about a maid who has served a family for 60 years. She was seen as a servant in the beginning of the film, with her employers having no emotional attachment whatsoever. It saddens me to see how Ah Tao was treated with little respect. As the story progresses, the emotional connections and the direction of servitude turn 180 degrees, making a heartwarming and satisfactory change.

The environment in the old age home is strikingly authentic as well, from the residents, staff, the relationships between residents and relationships between residents and their children. How they care for each other is touching to say the least.

There are many effective and powerful scenes. The very brief 5 second scene of the old man walking in an alley with a young woman has so much emotion in it, I felt this spectrum of feelings towards this old man, from shame to anger. The numerous scenes with Ah Tao's humble personality are also very moving. A picture is really worth more than a thousand words.

It is also striking to see how the old age home manager speaks accented Cantonese, something that is very usual among old age home staff. This adds to the authenticity of the film. Another striking thing is that she is just 5 months younger than the actress playing Ah Tao. Who would have guessed!

In short, "A Simple Life" tells a heartwarming story of a humble, dedicated and selfless maid. The plot is so strong, that it moves people without the need of special effects or fancy sets. "A Simple Life" is a refreshing change for theHong Kong cinema, as it finally churns out a quality drama.


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