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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 »
38 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 ... 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 ... Self (Guest appearance)
Felicia Chow Felicia Chow ... Self (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:

$4,776,272
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Lau and Deannie Ip were chosen in part because of their close relationship to one another as YIp is Lau's godmother and had already played his mother in several films. See more »

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

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A Simple Hidden Gem
20 March 2012 | by ItocSee all my reviews

I saw this film during the film festival in Norway; it's been a long, long time since I watched a movie which captivated me even after the credit started to roll.

It's a movie which primarily focus on every little moment of an elderly woman, but it is never a dull moment as the first impression might seem. It's a movie which really drives you to care for the characters in a natural way as opposed to many films where they "force" you with "natural" gimmicks. No, this movie broke most typical western styles, but at the same time made it entertaining and thrilling.

It's a movie where there're no explosions, no foresight drama or no extreme twists... it's truly, a simple life, which showed me how simple it can be to be humble, and care for those we love.


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