A Simple Life

Synopsis: After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ann Hui
Production: China Lion Film Distribution
  32 wins & 24 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
78
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
118 min
Website
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"Based on real people and events"

"Chung Chun-Tao, known as Ah Tao..."

"...was born in Taishan and adopted as an infant"

"Her adoptive father died under

the Japanese occupation"

"Her adoptive mother sent Ah Tao..."

"...to work as a servant for the Leung family"

"She has served four generations of the family..."

"...over a span of 60 years"

Ah Tao was already with my family when I was born

At 20, I went to college in the States

At 30, I came back to Hong Kong

And since then, Ah Tao has been with me

That is, until two years ago...

How much?

H K$6 per catty

HK$6?

Pick whichever ones you like, I'll cut the price

Okay, you want ones with big heads and tails

This one is okay?

- Enough?

- Yes

HK$16

What a fussy one, bruising all my stock...

She's coming!

- Sister Tao!

- Good morning

Morning...

- Good morning, Sister Tao

- Morning

- Sister Tao

- How's business?

Fine, what do you need today?

Garlic

Okay, take your time

Muzi...Muzi...

Ignoring me, Muzi?

His wife's run off

- I'll put my coat on

- No rush

And my glasses

Take your time!

Why's it so cold?

No placemat?

How long this time?

Two days

Haven't had ox-tongue in a while...

It's ages since I had ox-tongue

You want more angioplasty?

Forget about it!

You had crab today

You shouldn't eat ox-tongue

I like it stewed

(Beijing)

What's that?

Snacks for them

No, no, they're still talking

Take it away!

The reason the set's larger...

...is that it wasn't big enough!

If...

You explain it to him

Same problem, you need it to be bigger

I need space for a table and three stuntmen

Not to mention the lights! What about that?

What can I say?

What'd you expect me to say?

Of course, you all have reasons for wanting more

We have an A Team and a B Team...

Working on top of each other

How can I shoot in such a crowded corridor?

Have you ever shot a film before?

- A film!

- Gentlemen...

The art department has maxed out the budget!

Films have budgets, you know that?

I made films while you were still in short pants!

I've had it!

Hey!

- Talk to him!

- Director Tsui...

- Same problem, what's the point?

- Please calm down

Sit down, sit down

Calm down

Please sit down, both of you

Just sit

I don't think it helps to fight like this

It won't help us to achieve...

...a good outcome

Right now, we're over budget

Maybe we can cut costs...

...in the post-production?

Or maybe I can raise the budget a little bit

Great performance!

My performance?

Awesome!

You think I was acting?

You were great!

You should be an actor for real!

I wish I didn't have to 'act'...

But how else to trick him into adding 5%?

It's not tricking...

You don't know

It's tough being a director

Shooting a film is like giving birth

The key thing is to see it through to the end

Otherwise you end up with a robot!

Okay, okay, I get it

But keep an eye on your spending, okay?

Roger...

Don't nag, okay?

- All I'm saying...

- Stop going on about it!

I'm starving!

- Waiter!

- Here!

- Waiter!

- Here!

One moment...

What is it?

I'd like to have...

- ...tofu

- Tofu

And...

- ...a portion of lamb ribs

- Okay

- And the mutton

- Okay

And ten wheat buns

Shit, I don't eat lamb...

Never mind, I don't like it either

When he's finished that lot...

...you and I can have sashimi together

Why not now?

Okay

But I don't eat anything raw

Just get my order, and get a move on!

And you?

What are you going to have?

Vegetables

- Is this okay?

- Okay

- Hey...

- What?

I want the set to be twice the size...

Come on...

Kaka, what's the matter?

Where are you taking those pretty little paws?

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