A Simple Life Sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards

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Screendaily by Liz Shackleton
Ann Hui’s A Simple Life continued its awards run at the Hong Kong Film Awards last night (April 15), scooping five of the top prizes including best film, best director, best actor and best actress for Deanie Ip.

Ip’s portrayal of a domestic servant who moves into a nursing home after suffering a stroke has already garnered best actress awards at the Venice Film Festival, Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards and the Asian Film Awards, which took place in Hong Kong last month.

Andy Lau picked up best actor for his portrayal of a film accountant who continues his friendship with Ip’s character after she stops working for him and moves into the nursing home. Lau’s Focus Films invested in A Simple Life alongside China’s Bona Film Group. The film also took the best screenplay award for Susan Chan’s script, based on Hong Kong producer Roger Lee’s real-life experiences.