11:37 - 14th July 2012, by David West

A Simple Life Coming To UK Cinemas

Andy Lau is best known for playing dashing heroes and for his massive success as a singer in Asia. In recent years he has been the dynamic sleuth Detective Dee and in October his latest big budget action-adventure movie, Switch, opens in Asia.

But despite being Hong Kong's top box office draw, Andy does not just do popcorn blockbusters. He gets to show his dramatic side in Ann Hui's A Simple Life which opens in cinemas across the UK in August.

The film is based around the relationship between an aging Ah-ma (a live-in housekeeper/nanny/cook) and her employer, a successful film producer. Andy plays the movie producer while his real-life godmother and HK cinema veteran Deanie Ip play Ah Tao, his old Ah-ma.

The script was inspired by the experiences of Roger Lee, who produced the movie.

Ah Tao has served a Hong Kong household for 40 years, and now that most of the family have emigrated to the US, she remains as the dutiful maid to Roger, the youngest son, sharing his compact apartment.

One day Roger comes home from work to find that Ah Tao has suffered a stroke. He rushes her to hospital, where she announces that she wants to retire and move to a nursing home. As Ah Toa's health starts to deteriorate, the tables are turned and Roger slowly transforms from the detached single man to the devoted carer of an elderly servant, as if she were his mother.

The film made a clean sweep in all the major categories at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards, and has blazed an award-winning trail since its debut at the Venice Film Festival 2011, where Deanie Ip picked up the Best Actress Award.

A Simple Life is Hong Kong's entry for the Oscars and it took home Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.

Look for A Simple Life in cinemas opening on 3 August from Arrow Films.

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