With co-screenwriter and producer Roger Lee
MFAH | SUN NOV 11 | 1 pm
Hong Kong, 2011
Director: Ann Hui
Cinematographer: Nelson Yu Lik-wai
Screenwriter: Susan Chan, Yan-lam Lee
Editor: Chi-Leung Kwong and Manda Wai
Composer: Wing-fai Law
Cast: Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Lawrence Ah Mon
Running time: 119 min.
Winner of the five top Hong Kong Film Awards (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay), A Simple Life is the latest offering from veteran director Ann Hui. Moving and heartfelt, the film centers on the bond between servant Ah Tao (Deanie Ip), who has served the Leung family for more than sixty years, and film producer Roger (Andy Lau), the only Leung family member still living in Hong Kong. When Ah Tao’s health begins to fail, she leaves Roger, not wanting to be a burden. Roger finds her, however, and refuses to leave her life, as their relationship is transformed.
Based on actual people and events, the script is a wry and sincere examination of the ties that bind lifelong caregivers to their wards and how these relationships often become, in effect, mother/son bonds.
Bursting with cameos from Hong Kong’s film world, including martial arts legends Tsui Hark and Sammo Hung, A Simple Life is a beautifully realized film filled with humor and striking cinematography.
This is the first produced screenplay by eminent Hong Kong producer Roger Lee, who based the story on his own life and will be traveling to Houston for our Texas premiere. Director Ann Hui is one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers among the Hong Kong New Wave, and who had partnered before with Lee on the film Summer Snow. A Simple Life was Hong Kong’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, and Deanie Ip won Best Actress Award at the Venice International Film Festival.