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

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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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Susan Chan (writer)
Yan-Lam Lee (story)
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Release Date:
5 March 2012 (China) See more »
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 »
34 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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  (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-Hang Lau ... Emcee (as Benny Lau)
Wai-Keung Lau ... Guest at Premiere
Chun Ling Lee ... Cleaning Lady Interviewee licant B
Cheok Mei Leong ... Nurse 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  story
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
Yan-Lam Lee .... production 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
Chun-Yao Shih .... boom operator
Shiang-Chu Tang .... sound
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Hong Sung Chan .... associate gaffer
Yiu Ming Chan .... second unit assistant camera
Tat-Chuen Cheung .... 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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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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Hong Kong's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A simply touching film, 9 June 2013
Author: Gordon-11 from Earth

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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