Reviews by Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Din Tao: Leader of the Parade (IIA) (Taiwanese and Mandarin)
See review on this page.
Perfect Sense (IIB)
See review on this page.
Thriller centring on a woman (Amanda Seyfried) the authorities dispute was kidnapped years previously who now believes that her sister has been abducted by the same man. Not reviewed.
Snow White and the Huntsman (IIB)
Action adventure inspired by the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves fairy tale that twists the story so that the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) ordered to kill Snow White (Kristen Stewart) becomes her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the evil queen. Not reviewed.
StreetDance 2 (3-D) (IIA)
Musical drama centring on an American street dancer (Falk Hentshel) who, after suffering humiliation at the hands of the crew Invincible, looks to gather the best dancers from around the world for a rematch at a dance competition in Paris. Not reviewed.
10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)
Anthology of 20 short films by 20 directors (including Hou Hsiao-hsien and Sylvia Chang Ai-chia) 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. CT
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. CT
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
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 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
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.
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. CT
Delhi Belly (IIB) (Hindi and English)
Screwball comedy caper about three flatmates who get mixed up with a smuggling ring. Starring Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur. CT
Fairy Tale Killer (IIB) (Cantonese)
Danny Pang Fat's suspense thriller revolving around a detective (Lau Ching-wan) investigating a series of murders whose suspicions fall on a man living in a flat full 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.
Floating City (IIA) (Cantonese and English)
Based on a real life rags-to-riches story, Yim Ho's drama centres on a fisherman's son (Aaron Kwok Fu-shing) who outgrew his modest roots to become a high-flying business executive. LKW
I Wish (I) (Japanese)
Hirokazu Koreeda's drama about two young brothers, separated due to their parents' divorce, who try to reunite their fractured family. Starring Koki Maeda and Oshiro Maeda. CT
The Kick (II) (Korean and Thai)
Prachya Pinkaew's martial arts actioner centring on a family of taekwondo experts who are tasked with stealing a Thai national treasure after the youngest member is kidnapped. 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 at three different locations. 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.
Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (I)
Film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's story about a bitter, deformed man, who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House and the young woman he falls for. CT
[REC]? Genesis (III) (Spanish)
Third instalment in the horror series has a newly wed couple trying to reunite after their wedding reception is gatecrashed by the infected zombie collective. Not reviewed.
The Vow (IIA)
Romantic drama about a 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
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.
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
Hayabusa: Back to Earth
Sky show about the unmanned probe sent into space to explore an asteroid 200 million kilometres from earth by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in May 2003, with a focus on its journey back after collecting samples. English shows: Wed, Fri, 6.10pm; otherwise in Cantonese. Narration in English, Cantonese, Putonghua and Japanese are also available through headphones. Daily (except Tue), 2.40pm, 6.10pm, also Sun, 11.10am, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Jun 30
Born to be Wild
Omnimax film documenting the life of orphaned orangutans and elephants, and the people who rescue and raise them. English shows: Sat-Sun, 8.30pm; otherwise in Cantonese. Narration in English, Cantonese, Putonghua and Japanese are also available through headphones. Daily (except Tue), 1.30pm, 5pm, 8.30pm, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Aug 31
Omnimax film about the largest tornado-research project in history, with research teams investigating a tornado's formation, route and change in intensity. English shows: Mon, Thu, 7.20pm; otherwise in Cantonese. Narration in Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Japanese are also available through headphones. Daily (except Tue), 3.50pm, 7.20pm, also Sat-Sun, 12.20pm, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Oct 31
To Fathers With Love
The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of five films honouring fatherhood, including the following three. Jun 1-29. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Drama about a sacrificing father, a dutiful daughter and straight-A student who plays truant to find work on a playground to supplement her family's income, and a selfless mother who overcome myriad adversities. In Cantonese. Jun 1, 11am, HK Film Archive.
Her Difficult Life
Dramatic parable about a loving father (Wong Cho-shan) coaxed into selling the family's properties by his wayward son whose long-suffering wife also has a difficult life. In Cantonese. Jun 8, 11am, HK Film Archive.
Between Tears and Laughter
Tang Huang's bittersweet drama about a man (Yang Zhiqing) who abandoned his wife (Wang Lai) and their sickly son (Peter Dunn) years ago until his conscience compels him to visit the child in the hospital. In Mandarin. Jun 15, 11am, HK Film Archive.
A Retrospective: Asia Society Summer Film Series 2012
Asia Society HK presents the following programme of seven films showcasing the diversity and richness of Asian cultures. Jun 2-13. Asia Society HK Centre, The HK Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK$65 asiasociety.org.hk. Inquiries: 2103 9516
Mongolian Ping Pong
Comedy-drama centring on a nine-year- old boy living with his family in a solitary tent home on the vast steppe grasslands whose discovery of a white ball leads to a life-changing expedition. Ning Hao directs. In Mongolian with English subtitles. Jun 2, 4pm, Jun 8, 7.30pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
Documentary about three Beijing taxi drivers navigating their way through a quickly changing city preparing for the 2008 Olympics. Wang Miao directs. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Jun 2, 7.30pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
Crossing the Line
Daniel Gordon's documentary about James Dresnok, an American soldier who defected to North Korea during the cold war in the 1960s and where he has remained since. In English and Korean with English subtitles. Jun 3, 4pm, Jun 12, 7.30pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
Captain Abu Raed
Amin Matalqa's drama about an airport janitor who weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures for the children of his impoverished neighbourhood to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality. In Arabic with English subtitles. Jun 5, 9, 7.30pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
Liz Mermin's 2004 documentary about an American-run makeup and hairstyling school set up for Afghan women as they re-emerge into public life. In English and Dari with English subtitles. Jun 6, 7.30pm, Jun 10, 4pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
Shabana Azmi stars in Mahesh Dattani's drama about a retired classical singer who overcomes a past tragedy with the help of two young musicians. In English. Jun 7, 13, 7.30pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
Family drama about a 30-something engineer (Alex House) who, after his mother's death, moves back to his childhood home to care for his dysfunctional Eurasian family. Naoko Ogigami directs. In English. Jun 9, 4pm, Asia Society HK Centre.
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
Comedy tracing the journey of a bag of cash - the loot from a bank robbery - from one pair of hands to another. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Starring Cheung Ying, Pak Yin, Cheung Wood-yau and Ng Cho-fan. Jun 2, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Jun 10, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Met: Live in HD in Hong Kong
Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia presents a programme of high-definition film captures of 11 operas performed by the Metropolitan Opera of New York, including the following one. Until Jul 8. AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central; and UA Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing, HK$180, HK$220 Urbtix (for HK Arts Centre) and respective cinemas. Inquiries: 2579 5566
Film capture of the Metropolitan Opera of New York's production of Giuseppe Verdi's dramatic opera about an outlawed nobleman and two powerful men competing and conspiring to win the hand of a beautiful woman. Starring Angela Meade and Marcello Giordani. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 2, 7.50pm, Jun 3, 3.30pm, UA Cityplaza, Jun 3, 8pm, Palace IFC.
Action-thriller revolving around a Hollywood stunt performer moonlighting as a getaway driver (Ryan Gosling) who discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist goes wrong. Also starring Carey Mulligan. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 3, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following film. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901
All About Eve
Joseph L Mankiewicz's drama about an ingenue who insinuates herself into the company of an established but ageing stage actress and her circle of theatre friends with the intention of scheming to push the older woman aside. Starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. In English. Jun 3, 10, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
Critics' Choice 2012 - The Films in Their Times
The Film Programmes Office presents a selection of six films chosen by members of the HK Film Critics Society, including the following film. Until Oct 28. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; and HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Humberto Solas' 1968 drama depicting the revolutionary progression that lasted for 70 years in Cuba, explores the lives and loves of three Cuban women named Lucia during the significant years of 1895, 1933 and 1965. In Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 3, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Jun 23, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
Italian Film Festival 2012
The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau presents the following programme of five films directed by and starring Tuscan filmmaker Leonardo Pieraccioni. Jun 7-13. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$75 thegrandcinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2521 8837
I Love You in Every Language of The World
Comedy revolving around a 40-year-old gym teacher recently separated from his wife who attracts the attention of a 16-year-old student but is more attracted to a 36-year-old animal psychologist, and his wife who is now seeing a teacher at his school. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 7, 7.30pm, Jun 12, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
The Prince and the Pirate
Comedy about a man whose conman father leaves him a valuable painting won in a card game - with the catch that the son has to share it with his father's mistress, and also search for it. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 7, 9.30pm, Jun 12, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Marilyn and Me
Comedy centring on a swimming pool repairman who, after organising a spiritualist session, feels that Marilyn Monroe has become a part of his life. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 8, 7.30pm, Jun 11, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Comedy about a diehard bachelor who falls for a woman despite knowing that she is an actress hired by two friends betting to see whether he can be tempted from his single ways. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 8, 9.30pm, Jun 13, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
A Beautiful Wife
Comedy about a village greengrocer with an attractive wife who catches the eye of a photographer who asks her to pose for a sexy calendar. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 11, 7.30pm, Jun 13, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Drama about a married couple (Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling) who decide to spend a night away from their daughter in an attempt to save their failing marriage. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 10, 11.50am, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002
Japanese and Korean Film Festival
Sundream Motion Pictures presents a programme of nine Japanese and Korean films, including the following one. Jun 15-Jul 2. GH Mong Kok, G/F Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Rd West, Mong Kok, HK$70 goldenharvest.com. Inquiries: 2628 9864
The Wings of Kirin
Nobuhiro Doi's mystery-drama revolving around a murder victim whose body was found under the statue of a giraffe, a suspect who falls unconscious after being involved in a car accident and a detective who uncovers an unexpected connection between the two men. Starring Hiroshi Abe. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Jun 15, 7.30pm, GH Mong Kok.