A Simple Life

A Simple Life  {Tao Jie}
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A Simple Life
Tao Jie
Hong Kong, 2011, 119 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: China
Topics: Drama, Seniors, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Cantonese English Sub-Titles

Awards: Venice Volpi Cup:Best Actress; Venice SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention; Venice Gianni Astrei Award

Ann Hui is certainly the greatest female director to come out of any Asian country, and with A Simple Life she has fashioned the crowning achievement of her career to date. This Venice award-winner—Best Actress for the remarkable Deannie Yip—is classical filmmaking at its finest, rich in emotion, wonderfully acted, and guaranteed to stay with you long after the lights go up. Yip is Ah Tao, a maid who has served the family of middle-aged film producer Roger Lee (Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau) since before Roger was born. After she has a stroke, and at Ah Tao’s urging, Roger begins searching for a care home that he deems suitable for the woman he has loved and needed all his life. Once there, Ah Tao takes up the challenge of creating a new life for herself…. Hui’s elegant and direct mise en scène is humanist realism at its most affecting. Lau and, especially, Yip are both outstanding, etching indelible portraits of two characters whose humanity is as recognizable as it is moving.

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Producer: Pui Wah Chan, Ann Hui, Roger Lee
Editor: Kwong Chi Leung, Manda Wai
Screenwriter: Susan Chan, Roger Lee
Cinematographer: Yu Lik Wai
Music: Law Wing Fai
Principal Cast: Andy Lau, Deanie Yip, Wang Fuli, Qin Hailu, Raymond Chow, Sammo Hung
Filmography: All About Love (2010), Night and Fog (2009), The Way We Are (2008), Ordinary Heroes (1999), The Secret (1979)
Print Source: Distribution Workshop (HK) Ltd

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