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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:
30 wins & 13 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
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
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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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Runtime:
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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A film about human kindness, 25 August 2012
Author: Ruben Mooijman from Ghent, Belgium

'A simple life' is a film about human kindness. About caring for others. About harmonious human relationships. Does this sound cheesy? It's not meant that way. The film shows how caring for one another can make a difference, but it's never sentimental and there's no tear jerking at all.

The story centres around A Tao, a housekeeper who cooks and cleans for film producer Roger, who is not married and travels a lot. When returning home from one of his travels from Hong Kong to mainland China, A Tao doesn't open the door. She has had a stroke and after her stay in the hospital, she moves to an old people's home. Roger visits her regularly and gradually they become closer. At the start of the movie they are employer and employee, at the end they are friends.

Director Ann Hui shows this process with small, symbolic scenes. When A Tao serves Roger his food in one of the first scenes, only one word is spoken, when she asks him to move something on the table to make room for the dish she has prepared. The contrast with another key scene, later on in the movie, is huge. After A Tao has recovered from the stroke, Roger takes her to the first screening of his new film and introduces her to movie stars as his godmother. Afterwards, they walk away hand in hand, chattering affectionately about the film business.

A Tao visibly enjoys this party, and the attention she receives from her 'godson'. This is just one of the examples of the wonderful acting by Deannie Yip, a famous actress in the Hong Kong film industry but unknown to the rest of the world. In this film, she seemingly effortlessly plays A Tao first as a humble servant, then as a physically handicapped patient and also as a coquettish lady. How wonderful it must have been for her to receive a 'best actress'-award at the Venice Film Festival for her part as A Tao.

The film focuses on the relationship between Roger and A Tao, and the development of their mutual appreciation. Apart from that, not much really happens. There are some humorous little scenes that will make you smile, as well as some more emotional ones. This is a slow and low-profile film, to be appreciated by a typical art-house audience.

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