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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 May, 2012, 12:00am
 

New Releases

I Wish (I) (Japanese)

See review on this page.

Floating City (IIA) (Cantonese and English)

See review on this page.

Bad Girls (IIA) (Mandarin)

Romance revolving around a feisty young woman (Ella Chen Chia-hwa) schooled in martial arts who loves bread and a superstar son of a baker who is shooting a movie in her hometown. LKW

The Cases (III) (Cantonese, Japanese and Putonghua)

Documentary that has 'horror' DJ Edmond Poon Siu-chung leading a psychic exploration team to investigate little-known mysterious and supernatural cases or strange customs. Not reviewed.

Men in Black III 3D (IIA)

The third instalment of the sci-fi action comedy franchise has Agent J (Will Smith) travelling back in time to the 1960s to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. Not reviewed.

The Woman in Black (IIB)

Daniel Radcliffe stars in a horror-thriller as a young Victorian-era lawyer who discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorising residents of a remote northern English village. Not reviewed.

General Releases

10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)

Anthology of 20 short films by 20 directors themed on the uniqueness of Taiwan. CT

Act of Valour (IIB)

Action-thriller that has members of the US Navy's Sea, Air, and Land Teams starring in a fictionalised account of real-life US military operations. Not reviewed.

American Pie: Reunion (IIB)

Comedy about four friends who go to their school reunion to reminisce about - and get inspired by - their hormonal teen years. Not reviewed.

The Avengers (IIB)

Marvel Comics-inspired actioner in which Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow team up to defeat an enemy and his alien allies threatening the world. CT

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (IIA)

Comedy-drama about seven British retirees who travel to India to live in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. CT

The Cabin in the Woods (III)

Horror tale about five friends on a weekend break who find out that their remote holiday spot is no ordinary cabin in the woods. CT

Cold Fish (III) (Japanese)

Sion Sono's horror film about a tropical fish shop owner who befriends and entrusts his daughter to a mysterious man who turns out to be a sadistic serial killer. CT

Dark Shadows (IIB)

Tim Burton's gothic comedy about a man (Johnny Depp) turned vampire who is buried alive for centuries and returns to his ancestral home to find dysfunctional descendants in need of his protection. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer. CT

Declaration of War (IIB) (French)

Valerie Donzelli directs and stars in a drama about a couple who fight for their young son's survival after he is diagnosed with a brain tumour. CT

Delhi Belly (IIB) (Hindi and English)

Screwball comedy caper about three flatmates who get mixed up with a smuggling ring. Starring Imran Khan. CT

Fairy Tale Killer (IIB) (Cantonese)

Danny Pang Fat's suspense thriller revolving around a detective (Lau Ching-wan) investigating a series of brutal murders whose suspicions fall on a man whose flat contains a pile of fairy-tale books. LKW

Flamenco, Flamenco (I)

Film of 21 performances at Seville's Expo Pavilion Soundstage by top Spanish flamenco musicians and dancers. Not reviewed.

In the Land of Blood and Honey (III) (Bosnian, Serbian and English)

Angelina Jolie's drama about a Serb soldier and a Bosnian artist who knew each other before the Bosnian war and meet again when she is held captive in the camp he now oversees. Not reviewed.

The Kick (II) (Korean and Thai)

Prachya Pinkaew's martial arts actioner centring on a family of taekwondo experts who are tasked to steal a Thai national treasure after the youngest member is kidnapped. Not reviewed.

Le Havre (I) (French)

Aki Kaurismaki's quasi-magic drama about an African boy who arrives by cargo ship in the French port city of Le Havre and is welcomed by an ageing shoe shiner into his home. CT

Long Qing Shi Yi Ban Shi Ji (I) (Cantonese)

Film showing Cantonese Opera veterans Lung Kim-sung and Mui Suet-see celebrating their half-century stage careers with performances of four acts at three different locations. Not reviewed.

One Nation, Two Cities (I) (Cantonese, Putonghua and Fujianese)

Cheung King-wai's documentary centring on a Fujianese woman who has been fighting for her right of abode in Hong Kong for the last 30 years. YT

[REC]3 Genesis (III) (Spanish)

Third instalment in the horror series has a newly wed couple bidding to reunite after they are separated when their wedding reception is gatecrashed by members of the infected zombie collective. Not reviewed.

Shame (III)

Steve McQueen's drama about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) whose life begins to unravel after his sister (Carey Mulligan) arrives to stay with him. CT

Sunny (IIB) (Korean)

Comedy-drama celebrating female lives and friendships that revolves around seven women who were school friends in the 1980s. CT

The Vow (IIA)

Romantic drama about a loving husband (Channing Tatum) who works to once more win the heart of his wife (Rachel McAdams) after a car accident leaves her with severe memory loss. CT

Wuthering Heights (IIB)

Andrea Arnold's take on Emily Bront?'s novel about a poor boy of unknown origins who, after he is taken in by the Earnshaw family, develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister. Starring James Howson. CT

Art House

Cities in Cinema: Paris - Hong Kong

The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Broadway Cinematheque present a programme of films set in Paris and Hong Kong, including the following 11 films. Until May 30. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$70; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$85 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: bc.cinema.com.hk

The Seventh Heaven

Film blending social realism and comedy about two young men who live amid poor conditions on the rooftop of a seven-storey building. Starring Patrick Tse-yin, Nam Hung and Ng Wui (who also directs). In Cantonese. May 24, 7.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Six in Paris

Omnibus film from 1965 consisting of six 15-minute shorts based on a different Parisian district by six members of the French New Wave. In French with English subtitles. May 25, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

Autumn Moon

Made during the height of the Hong Kong emigration rush in the early 1990s, Clara Law Cheuk-yiu's 1992 drama about a Japanese man visiting Hong Kong in search of good food who forms an unlikely friendship with a 15-year-old girl heading for a new life with her family in Canada. In Cantonese, Japanese and English with Chinese and English subtitles. May 26, 7.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Beloved

Christophe Honore's musical romance centring on a woman (Catherine Deneuve) whose libertine lifestyle as a young woman affects the complicated romantic life of her grown daughter (Chiara Mastroianni). In French with English subtitles. May 26, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Last Affair

Shot entirely in Paris, Tony Au Ting-ping's drama follows a woman (Carol Cheng Yu-ling) whose affair with a struggling musician (Chow Yun-fat) sparks a marital then mental breakdown. In Cantonese and French with Chinese and English subtitles. May 27, 1.30pm, Palace IFC.

PTU

Johnnie To Kei-fung's noir drama following a Police Tactical Unit on night patrol who offer to help a fellow police officer retrieve his missing gun. Starring Simon Yam Tak-wah, Lam Suet and Maggie Siu Mei-kei. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 27, 3.15pm, Palace IFC.

Love Songs

Christophe Honore mixes musical sequences with soap opera drama in a story about a couple who decide to bring a woman in for a threesome to spice up their ailing relationship, until real feelings and jealousy become involved. In French with English subtitles. May 27, 4.05pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Drama centring on an illegal immigrant (Cherie Chung Chor-hung) caught between two possible futures: a marriage to an older man who can secure her a life in Hong Kong, or life with a handsome boxer. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 27, 6pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Renaissance

Animated sci-fi actioner set in Paris, 2054, about a detective investigating a kidnapping who discovers that his target holds the key to a shocking secret that can change the course of human history. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. May 28, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

7th Heaven

Frank Borzage's 1927 romantic drama centring on a proverbial prostitute-with-a-heart-of-gold (Janet Gaynor) and a labourer (Charles Farrell) who works in the sewers but lives on top of the world at the crest of a seven-storey building. Silent film with English intertitles. May 29, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Way We Are

Ann Hui On-wah's drama about a widow (Paw Hee-ching), her son (Juno Leung Chun-lung) and an older friend (Chan Lai-wun) who live in a public estate in Tin Shui Wai. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 30, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Germany without Borders

The Goethe-Institut HK and Broadway Cinematheque present a programme of six films about immigration issues in Germany, including the following one. Until Sept 28. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088

Kebab Connection

Romantic action comedy centring on a German man of Turkish descent who wants to direct the first German kung-fu movie. In German, Turkish and Greek with English subtitles. May 25, 8pm, HK Film Archive.

Once Upon a Hero: The Wong Fei-hung Saga

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 26 films and television episodes from the Wong Fei-hung franchise, including the following three. Until May 26. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Dreadnaught

Yuen Wo-ping's 1981 martial arts actioner about around a laundry man (Yuen Biao) who seeks to learn kung fu from Wong Fei-hung (Kwan Tak-hing) so he can defeat a short-tempered killer. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 26, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Wong Fei-hung and Wife Eradicate the Three Rascals

Martial arts drama in which Master Wong teams up with his wife to battle ruffians menacing his home village. Starring Kwan Tak-hing and Wu Lai-chu. In Cantonese. May 26, 4.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Once Upon a Time in China

Tsui Hark's 1991 martial arts drama about Wong Fei-hung shows the stance taken by the kung fu master against Western military, economic, technological and cultural incursions into China. Starring Jet Li Lianjie. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 26, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Vivre Sa Vie

Jean-Luc Godard's drama chronicling in 12 chapters a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Starring Anna Karina. In French with English subtitles. May 26, 8pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273

The Strange Case of Hong Kong Amoy Cinema

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of Amoy-dialect and reference films, including the following two films. Until May 27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Southeast the Peacock Flies

A 'sing-song' film based on a Han dynasty yue fu poem with the same title about centring on a villager whose lover's mother wants her son to marry a rich family's daughter instead. Bai Yun stars and directs. In Amoy dialect with Chinese subtitles. May 27, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Sisters Two

Adapted from the popular film Twin Sisters (1933), this 1957 drama revolves around a pair of sisters, separated in childhood, one of whom becomes an opera singer and marries as a concubine into the household of a general, where the other sister works as a maid. In Amoy dialect with Chinese subtitles. May 27, 5pm, HK Film Archive.

100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 100 Hong Kong films from 1916 to 1999, including the following film. Until 2014. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk; and HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Homecoming

Yim Ho's drama centring on a woman (Josephine Koo Mei-wah) who returns to her Guangdong village after years living in Hong Kong and rekindles friendships and reignites long-extinguished romantic feelings. Also starring Siqin Gaowa and Tse Wai-hung. May 27, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

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