A Simple Life (2011)
A Simple Life (2011)

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A Simple Life

Ann Hui | Hong Kong | 2011 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 24 Apr 2024

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After a 12-year acting hiatus, Hui cast Deannie Ip to huge acclaim in this gentle story of two people expressing their love for one another in quiet, expressive ways. Based on the life of the film’s co-screenwriter Roger Lee, it gently and evocatively portrays the struggles of an ageing maidservant working for the only member of her employer family still living in China (Andy Lau). It is beautifully shot by key Jia Zhangke collaborator, Yu Lik-Wai, and features satirical cameos by a number of Hong Kong cinema veterans and legends including Sammo Hung, Raymond Chow, Stanley Kwan and Tsui Hark.

Format: DCP
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Source: Distribution Workshop (BVI) Ltd
Runtime: 118 mins

Event duration

118 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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