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A Simple Life (2011) More at IMDbPro »Tou ze (original title)

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A Simple Life -- After working for the Leung family for decades, a servant still takes care of filmmaker Roger Leung (Andy Lau) -- but when she falls sick, the tables are turned as Roger looks after her in this heartwarming tale inspired by a true story.
A Simple Life -- Trailer for A Simple Life
A Simple Life -- Ah Tao (Deannie Ip) has worked for Roger's (Andy Lau) family as a nanny and maid over the course of four generations. When Roger comes home to find Ah has suffered a stroke and is unable to care for herself, the roles reverse and he becomes her caregiver.

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Director:
Writers:
Susan Chan (writer)
Yan-lam Lee (writer)
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Release Date:
5 March 2012 (China) See more »
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Plot:
After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
34 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Andy Lau ... Roger

Deannie Yip ... 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 ... Carmen - Roger's assistant
Elena Kong ... Aunt Kam's daughter
Chi-san Chan ... Jason (as Jason Chan)
So-ying Hui ... Mui

Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Grasshopper - Elderly home's owner (Special appearance)

Chapman To ... Dentist (Special appearance)
Raymond Chow ... Himself (Guest appearance)
Felicia Chow ... Herself (Guest appearance) (as Mrs. Raymond Chow)
Dong Yu ... Filmmaker (Guest appearance)

Hark Tsui ... Director Tsui (Guest appearance)

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Director Hung (Guest appearance)
John Sham ... Guest at Premiere (Guest appearance) (as John Shum)
Yun-sau Mak ... Hengzi (Guest appearance)

Dennis Chan ... Vincent (Guest appearance)
Hao Ning ... Himself (Guest appearance)
Enoch Lam ... Clergyman (Guest appearance)
Ka Tung Lam ... Guest at Premiere (Guest appearance)
Lan Law ... Madame Lo (Guest appearance)
Sui-man Chim ... Roger's high school buddy (Guest appearance) (as Jim Chim)
Yin San Lai ... Elderly home visitor (Guest appearance) (as Eva Lai)
Bing-Man Tam ... Bing (Guest appearance) (as Tam Ping Man)
Aicardi Jiang ... (Guest appearance)
Queenie Chu ... Receptionist at Investment Bank (Guest appearance)
G.S. Tyson ... (Guest appearance)
Hiromi Wada ... Singer (Guest appearance)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Ah Mon ... Ah Chun - Roger's high school buddy (Guest appearance)

Angelababy ... Guest at Premiere (as Angela Baby)
Tyson Chak ... Air-conditioning Fixer
Brenda Chan ... Cleaning Lady Interviewee A (as Kwai Fun Chan)
Wing-Chiu Chan ... Guest at Premiere
Kenneth Cheung ... Doctor
Wai Lin Cheung ... Cleaning Lady Interviewee C
Pik Kee Hui ... Aunt Kam
Dorothy Leopord Kalumuna ... African Escort
Suet-Fa Kong ... Receptionist at Elderly Home
Ah Fung Kwan ... Old Lady

Stanley Kwan ... Guest at Premiere
Billy Lau ... Mobster A
Wai-Keung Lau ... Guest at Premiere
Chun Ling Lee ... Cleaning Lady Interviewee licant B
Sammuel Leung ... Mobster B
Katherine Lo ... Guest at Party (as Kat Lo)
Sharon Wai Lee Sze ... Yunnie
Wing Chong Wu ... Mui's Mother
Hiu Yung Yeung ... Prostitute

Directed by
Ann Hui 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Chan  writer
Yan-lam Lee  writer

Produced by
Jeffrey Chan .... administrative producer
Pui-Wah Chan .... producer
Hong Tat Cheung .... associate producer
Ann Hui .... producer
Stephen Lam .... associate producer
Andy Lau .... executive producer
Yan-lam Lee .... producer
Simon Li .... administrative producer
Yue Ren .... administrative producer
Nansun Shi .... associate producer
Dai Song .... executive producer
Yeung-Ping Sze .... line producer
Dong Yu .... executive producer
Hao Zhang .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Wing-fai Law 
 
Cinematography by
Nelson Lik-wai Yu (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Chi-Leung Kwong 
Manda Wai 
 
Production Design by
Albert Poon 
 
Costume Design by
Boey Wong 
 
Makeup Department
Yu Lai Cheng .... makeup artist of Andy Law
Rachel Kong .... hair stylist of Andy Law
Yumiko Kuromiya .... makeup artist
Brian Lau .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jomin Chan .... associate production manager
Shing Hung Chan .... unit manager
Liu Ya Qin .... production manager
Tom Wong .... assistant production manager
Jie Wu .... assistant production manager
Sandy Yip .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cherie Ho .... second assistant director
Karen Lai .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Chi-Nang Fong .... propsman
Sun Lin Gang .... propsman
Wong Kam Suen .... propsman
Andrew Wong .... assistant art director
Kim Kwong Wong .... property master
 
Sound Department
Cheng Yi Hsu .... boom operator
Shiang-Chu Tang .... sound
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound
Shih Chun Yao .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hong Sung Chan .... associate gaffer
Yiu Ming Chan .... second unit assistant camera
Cheung Tat Chuen .... camera assistant
Ma Pui Chuen .... camera assistant
Ying Han Ge .... camera assistant
Po Wing Ho .... second unit assistant cameraman
Wu Wing Kiu .... camera assistant
Billy Ko .... assistant camera
Tsoi Kubbie .... camera operator: second unit
Lai Shing Lam .... camera assistant
Sharon Lee .... still photographer
Wen Liu Si .... camera assistant
Tze Fan Siu .... camera assistant
Li Tian .... camera assistant
Chi Ming Wong .... gaffer
Chun Mo Wong .... dollyman
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yoyo Chaw .... assistant costume designer
Ping Tong .... wardrobe lady
 
Other crew
Steven Hui .... production coordinator
Simon Kwon .... making-of
Danny Lo .... making-of
Lim Chung Man .... styling consultant
Jannie Wai .... production coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tou ze" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Sister Tao" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal English title)
"The Happiness of Sister To" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Simple Film, 30 April 2013
Author: ronchow from Canada

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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