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571 Ratings

A Simple Life

桃姐 | Tao jie | Tou ze

Directed by Ann Hui
Hong Kong, China, 2011


Reuniting superstar Andy Lau with his godmother Deanie Ip on the big screen for the first time in 23 years, A Simple Life is a deeply moving story about the relationship between a young man and a family servant that is handled with exquisite affection and grace by Ann Hui.

Our take

Ann Hui is a master who works in a lesser known and far less splashy corner of the convention-breaking 1980s new wave of Hong Kong filmmakers. With a fierce social concern and a love for melodrama, Hui here uses one of the world’s biggest stars in the most delicate of roles.

A Simple Life Directed by Ann Hui

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2011 | 4 wins including: Best Actress (Volpi Cup)

2011 | Special Mention: SIGNIS Award

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