Saturday, September 24, 2011


Official Poster for A Simple Life
One Title I regret not having had on my radar during TIFF 2011 was Ann Hui's A Simple Life, which is looking like Hong Kong's greatest chance at an Oscar since 1993's Chen Kaige Film Farewell My Concubine.  The Dramedy about the relationship between a Nanny and the Boy she took care of, won the praise of The Hollywood Reporter and Variety at the Venice Film Festival recently.  Above this, 63 year-old Actress/Singer Deanie Ip whom I watched on VHS tapes on rented Chinese TV series growing up, was awarded Best Actress at the Festival earlier by Jurors (including Black Swan Director Darren Aronofsky). 

That means Ip, who by the way speaks fluent English, beat-out Actresses like Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and Glenn Close who also were in-contention for the Award.  Michael Fassbender for those curious, won Best Actor for his work in Shame.  

This Victory however, means a lot to the ailing Hong Kong Film Industry which has been destroyed by Piracy and a creative drought over the past decade.  Although it is by no means a guarantee Ip nor the Film will get an Oscar nod, it does mean that A Simple Life is now on the radar and after you see it's touching Trailer below, you'll get why exactly.  The two-minute Trailer had me in tears and instantly made me ponder Mortality and my own relationship with my Mother. 

There is no attached Distributor for the U.S. nor Canada yet and it would be a shame if we didn't get a chance to see it over here.

See it below:

(Photo/video credit: Bona Entertainment)

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