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Directed by Ann Hui

2011, in Chinese with English subtitles

Hong Kong

119 minutes


In person: Roger Lee, screenwriter and producer

A Simple Life, winner of the five top Hong Kong Film Awards (best picture, actor, actress, director, and screenplay), 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 60 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 abandon her, as their relationship is transformed.

Based on real 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/child 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.

A Simple Life is the first produced screenplay by eminent Hong Kong producer Roger Lee, who based the story on his own life. Director Ann Hui, one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers among the Hong Kong New Wave, partnered with Lee on the film Summer Snow.

Tickets available only through Houston Cinema Arts Society: online or at 713.222.5400. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the MFAH the night of the screening.