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Hong Kong, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Accent on Asia)

Director: Ann Hui


“A slice-of-life masterpiece dealing compassionately with the inevitable ageing process.” - Time Out Hong Kong

Chinese screen star Andy Lau teams for once again with his real-life godmother, Deannie Ip, and delivers a career-best performance in this heartfelt parable on ageing.

Film producer Roger is the last member of his family living in Hong Kong, which only serves to strengthen his attachment to Ah Tao, their domestic helper of 60 years. When Tao suffers a stroke, she altruistically requests to move into a nursing home, but Roger wants to care for her until the very end.

With gentle humour, filmmaker Ann Hui (Goddess of Mercy, MIFF 04) has concocted a nuanced, humanist film that speaks loudly while barely rising above a whisper.

Winner of numerous awards internationally, including a Best Actress nod at last year's Venice Film Festival.

D Ann Hui P Lee Yan Lam S Susan Chan Dist Dream Movie L Cantonese w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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