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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.
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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:
32 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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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
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 Wong Chau-Sang ... Grasshopper - Elderly home's owner

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

Hark Tsui ... Director Tsui

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

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

Angelababy ... Guest at Premiere (as Angela Baby)
Tyson Chak ... Air-conditioning Fixer
Kwai Fun Chan ... Cleaning Lady Interviewee A
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
Kat Lo ... Guest at Party
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 Yu Lik-wai (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
Du-Che 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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118 min
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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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
HK Neo Reviews: A Simple Life 桃姐 (2011) – Hong Kong, 6 May 2012
Author: (webmaster@thehkneo.com) from Australia

I seriously do not know why it took this movie so long to be in the cinemas. It is one of the defining works of the year and essentially a simple movie about simple and unexplored characters of Hong Kong people. Ms Ann Hui is truly at her very best once again. After winning awards for The Way We Were, Hui strikes the cord to the highest potential by casting Andy Lau and former box office queen of 80s Deanie Ip whose chemistry dates back to almost 23 years old in their last corroboration. It is truly a delight to sit through a movie like this and while this being one Hui's most accepted work to the general public; she never strays away from her principles and values. At its core, it is a film about human interactions, feelings, relationships and old age. One day, we will die and old age is a burning topic for the baby boomer's generation.

Deanie Ip puts in a career defining performance and as she puts it, acting as an old lady is not difficult at all, as she is just playing herself. The manner she manages to make the audience enjoy her character the Chinese servant of Hong Kong family for 3 generations is impressive to say the least. Life is never easy and sometimes, we just tend to forget those people who work their life within behind the scene, with heart, soul and pure dedication. These are people who gave up on having a family of their own and instead spend their whole life raising other people's families. Nowadays, the loyalty and the servant and master relationships are a lot more different. As mentioned before, Ip's characters work so well because there is an underlying chemistry between Andy Lau and her. Lau puts in an underrated performance that doesn't allow him to overshadow the main character. It is a compliment that it is because of the understated manner Lau manages to approach his character that allows Deanie Ip's the spotlight and attention.

A Simple Life has already won a lot of awards and not to mention plenty of admiration from a new league of fans young and old. Hui has been around a long time and has never strayed from the commercialism of Hong Kong cinema. To finally witness an Ann Hui film making splash at the box office is really as a good a feeling as watching a fine piece of cinema. In many ways this is a true and realistic look at simple aspects of life, characters and old age. It is this simplistic that makes Hui's films so different, enjoyable and ultimately touching. All in all, A Simple Life is a Hong Kong movie and more importantly a movie that takes us along the ride, respects those around us and allows the audience to reflect upon their own lives. Movies like these only comes along once in a generation and while this may not be Hui's best work, but in terms of balancing the needs of the Hong Kong people and her own vision, it is certainly the most accessible of her works. A fine piece of cinematic experience…

Neo rates it 9/10

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