Cork Cine Club Presents the Final Film in Season 8:
A SIMPLE LIFE (TAO JIE, China)
Thu 18 April, St. John’s Central College at 8pm
Overall Winner, Asian Film Awards and People’s Choice
Cork Cine Club’s eighth season of the best of independent world cinema concludes on Thursday 18 April with the Chinese film, A Simple Life (Tao Jie), a moving and gently humorous look at the decades-long relationship between a Hong Kong man and his devoted family servant.
The rhythms of shared routine and intimacy that bind the lead characters are explored as their roles are reversed, and he becomes the caregiver. With perfectly judged performances from Andy Lau and Deanie Ip, the film is an understated meditation on the varieties of affection and love.
Ip plays Ah Tao, who has worked for the Leung family for 60 years. For the past decade, the only member of the family left in Hong Kong is Roger, who works in the film industry.
Having cared for Roger from childhood, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and asks to be admitted to a nursing home. There, she becomes part of a new family made up of colourful characters.
All the while, as roles are reversed, Roger tenderly cares for her as she enters the final phase of her life. Based on a true story, A Simple Life delicately traces their life-long bond with pathos and humour and reminds the audience that there is hope for the human race.
Everyone who attends A Simple Life on 18 April will be entered in a draw to win a large poster from the film.
A SIMPLE LIFE (TAO JIE)
Director: Ann Hui. China, 2011. 118 minutes. Cert: CLUB. Language: Mandarin (subtitled).
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.