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Sat 15 Jun
17:30

A Simple Life PG

Part of Chinese Cinema Project
Part of Celebrating Ann Hui
Screened in partnership with Focus Hong Kong
Ann Hui, Hong Kong, China, 2011, 118m.

The screening will be introduced by Tony Rayns.


Based on actual life experience of renowned producer, Roger Lee, Ann Hui’s multiple award-winning A Simple Life is a story of care, trust, and relationships that transcend blood ties and redefine the concept of a family.


There is an entire generation of adults living in Hong Kong who have been, to a large extent, raised by housemaids, a social issue which Ann Hui explores with incredible sensibility and without exaggerated melodrama. Composed of a mosaic of conversations and silence, characters walking and sitting down, people holding hands or smiling gleefully - all the little things we take for granted - the film shows that it is precisely these things that make emotional bonds with people around us stronger. A Simple Life showcases Ann Hui’s authorial style in a way which is quietly challenging and warmly funny, and which above all touches the hearts of her audience.


After suffering a stroke, housemaid Chun-To (Deanie Ip) is forced to retire and moves into a nursing home. Film producer Roger (Andy Lau) whose family employed Chun-To for many years helps her go through this life-changing situation. Further medical complications allow them to come closer again. While Chun-To cared for Roger when he was a child, this nuanced drama shows us their roles being reversed as they age.


This screening is a joint presentation by the Chinese Cinema Project and Focus Hong Kong. In Cantonese with English subtitles.


Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London.

Cast:
Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Hailu Qin, Fuli Wang

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