October 30, 2011, 5:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], Distribution Workshop and the Chinese American Film Festival invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

A Simple Life

Directed by Ann Hui
Written by Susan Chan and Yan-lam Lee
Followed by a Q&A with Administrative Producer Jeffrey Chan, COO of Bona Film Group, moderated by Professor Stan Rosen

5:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 30th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre
, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Winner - Best Actress, 68th Venice International Film Festival.
Official Entry from Hong Kong for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards.

About A Simple Life

Zhong Chuntao (also known as Sister Peach) has been the house maid of the Liang Family for six decades ever since she was thirteen years old and has taken care of five generations. When she has a stroke, the fifth generation, Roger, sees no use in her and ships her to a nursing home, where she meets all kinds of interesting people, such as the sincere girl named Cai, the alleged funny old guy named Jian, the quiet woman named Mei and the greedy and jealous woman named Jin. Roger realizes from his many visits to the nursing home that his fondness and reliance for Sister Peach is much more profound than he ever felt. He makes up his mind to give Sister Peach the best last years as possible with him.

A Simple Life, also known as Sister Peach, is a new Hong Kong drama film directed by Ann Hui and starring Andy Lau and Deanie Ip. Ip, in the titled role as Sister Peach, won the Best Actress Award in the 68th Venice International Film Festival. The film has been selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards

Provided courtesy of Distribution Workshop. Not rated. Running time: 119 minutes. In Cantonese, with English subtitles.


About the Guest

Jeffrey Chan (Administrative Producer)

Jeffrey is the COO and a board member of Bona Film Group (NASDAQ: BONA). He co-founded with Nansun Shi, a veteran producer of Asian pictures, the international sales agent, Distribution Workshop, now a joint-venture subsidiary of Bona. In his former capacity as Head of International Sales/Distribution of Media Asia, he championed the remake deal of the HK contemporary classic, Infernal Affairs, which was remade by Warner Brothers into the Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winner, The Departed.

2011        A Simple Life (Administrative Producer)
2011        The Flying Machine (Executive Producer)
2011        Overheard 2 (Administrative Producer)
2011        Treasure Inn (Executive Producer)
2011        Beginning of the Great Revival (Executive Producer)
2011        What Women Want Chinese Remake (Co-Executive Producer)
2011        The Road Less Travelled (Executive Producer)
2011        Just Call Me Nobody (Executive Producer)
2010        My Ex-wife’s Wedding (Producer)
2010        Triple Tap (Line Producer)
2010        Curse of the Deserted (Executive Producer)
2010        Gallants (Co-Producer)
2009        The Founding of a Republic (Executive Producer)
2009        Mulan (Producer)
2009        I Corrupt All Cops (Line Producer)
2009        Wheat (Co-producer)

About the Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF)

The Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) is an independent organization which was founded in Hollywood, in 2005. The main purpose of the Film Festival is to demonstrate to the world how effectively the Chinese and American cultures can join together through the media of film to create unique and outstanding work. It also serves as a platform for international dialogue and collaboration in film education, film financing and film production.

Annually in November, the Film Festival holds separate events in Hollywood, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It includes the Opening Ceremony, The Gold Angel Awards Presentation, movies featuring and special forum/meeting. More than 700 guests from the movie industry in the US, Europe and Asia are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony. Filmmakers from U.S, including representatives from the Major Studios meet with their contemporaries from China at the forum/meeting at The Directors Guild of America

For the past six years, it has been proven Chinese American Film Festival is a great channel of communication between China and U.S film industries. The event received great feedback and appraises from top government officials of China and head executives of major studios and film corps. Participation in such event will successfully build a significant friendship with influential institutions in China, such as The Film Bureau, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) of China.

To learn more about the 2011 Chinese American Film Festival, visit: http://www.cafilmfestival.com/

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 4:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Free street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu