Tou ze (A Simple Life) 2011 Ages 15+

3.00PM Sun 14 Apr 2019 (1hr 58mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

A Simple Life paints portraits of two good people in gentle humanist terms. It filled me with an unreasonable affection for both of them. Here is a film with the clarity of fresh stream water, flowing without turmoil to shared destiny. No plot gimmicks. No twists and turns. Just a simple life.

The life is that of Ah Tao, who was orphaned during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, spent her entire life in the service of four generations of a Chinese family, and is now the servant of the only family member still living in China. He is Roger, a movie producer. They have a settled routine: During a meal, he puts out his hand, knowing she will be standing behind him with a bowl of rice. No words.

What we understand is that A Simple Life is content to regard these two inward people as they express love and care in their quiet ways. A movie in which the old lady is forgotten by the family would have been predictable melodrama, but how much more moving it is when she is remembered. The movie has an emotional payoff I failed to anticipate. It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year's best films.’ Roger Ebert

CREDITS

REDCODE, COLOUR, STEREO, 118 MINUTES, HONG KONG, CANTONESE/MANDARIN/ENGLISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: ANN HUI / SCRIPT: SUSAN CHAN, ROGER LEE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: NELSON LIK-WAI YU / EDITORS: CHI-LEUNG KWONG, MANDA WAI / PRODUCTION CO: BONA INTERNATIONAL FILM GROUP, FOCUS FILMS, SIL-METROPOLE ORGANISATION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: DISTRIBUTION WORKSHOP / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP