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A Simple Life (2011)

Tou ze (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 March 2012 (Hong Kong)
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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.

Director:

Ann Hui

Writers:

Susan Chan, Roger Lee (story) (as Yan-Lam Lee) | 1 more credit »
36 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Lau ... Roger
Deannie Ip ... 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 Man-sze Yu ... Sharon (as Wendy Yu)
Eman Lam Eman Lam ... Carmen - Roger's assistant
Elena Kong ... Aunt Kam's daughter
Chi-san Chan ... Jason (as Jason Chan)
So-Ying Hui 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 Felicia Chow ... Herself (Guest appearance) (as Mrs. Raymond Chow)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 March 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Simple Life See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,372, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$191,826

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,915,637
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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A simple story that have meaningful lesson
5 July 2013 | by aldri-febSee all my reviews

Ah Tao, an old maid in Hong Kong who have served Roger's family for four generations suffering stroke that make her deciding to retire and move into old people's place. She recover her stroke there, learns many thing and also is treated well. Every once a week, her master Roger visits her and accompanies her to take a walk. Sometimes, Roger's mom also comes to visit Ah Tao and bring her many useful things. Roger's family really love Ah Tao and feel thankful after what she has done for them about 60 years long by taking care of their family.

'A Simple Life' have shown that a simple story could give good impression and enjoyable to watch. The storyline is not complicated at all, the movie goes on slowly and very detail. Ann Hui as a director tries to make it safe and straight without any meaningful conflicts which sometimes could make audience feels bored watching it. The relationship between Roger and Ah Tao built really well, it shows how they support and take care one another even sometimes telling jokes. Credits should be given to Andy Lau and Deannie Yip, their acting is so natural as two characters who has known each other for a long time. Overall, 'A Simple Life' is a memorable Chinese movie I've seen recently. Actually I felt exhausted during watching 'A Simple Life' because of it's slow plot but when I rewind what I just saw, the movie isn't bad at all and has so much lesson to be learned from it. It teaches audience to respect and appreciate people who has done good things in lives and not forgetting their merit.


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