PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 June, 2012, 12:00am


New Releases

The Dictator (IIB) (English and Arabic)

See review on this page.

First Time (IIA) (Putonghua)

See review on this page.

The Good Doctor (IIB)

Thriller centring on a frustrated doctor (Orlando Bloom) who tampers with an 18-year-old patient's treatment so that she will have to remain in hospital. Also starring Riley Keough. Not reviewed.

Prometheus (IIB)

Ridley Scott's sci-fi action-horror revolving around the crew of a space expedition to the suspected birthplace of the human race who find themselves in a terrifying battle to save humanity. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Not reviewed.

What to Expect When You're Expecting (IIA)

Comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. Not reviewed.

General Releases

Act of Valour (IIB)

Action-thriller with 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 superheroes Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow team up to defeat an enemy and his alien allies threatening the world. Starring Robert Downey Jnr. 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, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. CT

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

Documentary that has DJ Edmond Poon Siu-chung leading a psychic exploration team investigating mysterious and supernatural cases or strange customs in various parts of Asia. 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

Din Tao: Leader of the Parade (IIA) (Taiwanese and Mandarin)

Comedy-drama about a free spirit with dreams of being a rock musician (Alan Ko You-lun) who takes the demoralised members of his father's din tao art troupe on a countrywide walk in search of inspiration. PF

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

Gone (IIA)

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. CT

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

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

Angelina Jolie directs this film 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.

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

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. CT

Perfect Sense (IIB)

Ewan McGregor and Eva Green star in a sci-fi romantic drama revolving around a chef and a scientist who fall in love as an epidemic begins to rob people of their senses. 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. CT

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. CT

StreetDance 2 (3-D) (IIA)

Musical drama centring on an American street dancer (Falk Hentshel) who, after suffering humiliation at the hands of the Invincible crew, looks to gather the best dancers from around the world for a rematch at a dance competition in Paris. 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.

Art House

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

Tornado Alley

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

A Retrospective: Asia Society Summer Film Series 2012

Asia Society HK presents a programme of seven films showcasing the diversity and richness of Asian cultures, including the following six. Until Jun 13. Asia Society HK Centre, The HK Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK$65 Inquiries: 2103 9516

Morning Raga

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.

Mongolian Ping Pong

Comedy-drama centring on a nine-year-old boy living in a solitary tent 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 8, 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.

Captain Abu Raed

Amin Matalqa's drama about an airport janitor who weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures for the children of his poor neighbourhood to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality. In Arabic with English subtitles. Jun 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-enter public life. In English and Dari with English subtitles. Jun 10, 4pm, 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 12, 7.30pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

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 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 drawn 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 search for it and share it with his father's mistress. 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.

Suddenly Paradise

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 whose attractive wife 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.

To Fathers With Love

The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of five films honouring fatherhood, including the following two. Until Jun 29. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

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.

Pineapple Underground Film Festival (PUFF) 2012

Experimenta presents a programme of more than 25 international independent feature and short films, including the following seven. Jun 8-23. Experimenta, Lower G/F, Shop B, 89-95 Hollywood Rd, Central; and Hidden Agenda, 2A Wing Fu Industrial Building, 15-17 Tai Yip St, Kwun Tong, free for PUFF members. Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$60 HK Ticketing. XXX Gallery, B/F Fui Nam Building, 212 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan, HK$30. Inquiries:

Cultures of Resistance

Documentary looking into the causes of contemporary war and conflict around the world. In English. Jun 8, 8pm, Hidden Agenda.

Orient Top Town

Gina Wong See-yuen's docudrama about visual artists and property developers in Shanghai. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Jun 9, 8pm, Hidden Agenda.

Dusk of the Peeping Tom

Drama-comedy about a shy Japanese office worker who resorts to a sex machine because his girlfriend doesn't like to be touched. In Japanese with English subtitles. Jun 10, 8pm, Hidden Agenda.

2 Night

Romantic comedy-drama about two strangers who met in a bar and want to spend the night together but can not find a parking place and thus become 'victims' of the situation and have to deal with each other, the situation and their own selves. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Jun 15, 8pm, XXX Gallery.

Fambul Tok

Sara Terry's documentary about Sierra Leonean John Caulker and the organisation he established to address the deep wounds created by a decade of civil war. In English. Jun 17, 3pm, Experimenta.

Teneriffa Exit

Romantic drama centring on a man and woman who meet and fall in love in Berlin. In German with English subtitles. Jun 17, 5.30pm, Experimenta.

Patient 17

Supernatural thriller about two medical interns whose investigation into a patient brought to their hospital leads to their witnessing unexplained events that put their lives in danger. In English with English subtitles. Jun 21, 7.45pm, Fringe Club.

Blue Valentine

Drama about a 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 Inquiries: 2388 0002

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 two films. Until 2014. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55; and HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900


Union Film comedy tracing the journey of a bag of cash - the loot from a bank robbery - from one pair of hands to another. Starring Cheung Ying, Pak Yin, Cheung Wood-yau and Ng Cho-fan. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 10, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

God of Gamblers

Chow Yun-fat stars in Wong Jing's gambling comedy about a top gambler whose enemies see their chance when he reverts briefly to a child-like state after suffering a head injury as a result of a trap set by a small-time gambler (Andy Lau Tak-wah) for another person. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 16, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Jun 24, 1.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Restored Treasures

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 pushing the older woman aside. Starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. In English. Jun 10, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Japanese and Korean Film Festival

Sundream Motion Pictures presents a programme of nine Japanese and Korean films, including the following three. Jun 15-Jul 2. GH Mong Kok, G/F Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Rd West, Mong Kok, HK$70 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.

Secrets, Objects

Drama centring on a married sociology professor and her 21-year-old student lover, whose story is told from viewpoints including that of her photocopy machine and his digital camera. In Korean with Chinese subtitles. Jun 16, 4pm, GH Mong Kok.


Romantic drama centring on an unlikely pairing of an ex-boxer with a dark, mysterious past and a blind telemarketer. Starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo. In Korean with Chinese subtitles. Jun 17, 4pm, GH Mong Kok.

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 two. 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 Jules Massenet's five-act opera about a country girl turned courtesan who seeks wealth and love. Soprano Anna Netrebko stars. In French with English subtitles. Jun 16, 7.40pm, Jun 17, 1.30pm, UA Cityplaza, Jun 24, 7.40pm, AMC Pacific Place.


Film capture of the Metropolitan Opera of New York's production of the concluding section of Richard Wagner's opera cycle in which a plan is enacted to get the ring from Siegfried. Starring Deborah Voigt and Gary Lehman. In German with English subtitles. Jun 17, 5.50pm, AMC Pacific Place.

The Ides of March

George Clooney stars in and directs a political drama revolving around a young and idealistic spin doctor (Ryan Gosling) working on a presidential campaign. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 17, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 Inquiries: 2388 0002

Refugee Film Festival

The United Nations Refugee Agency presents a programme of seven films about displaced peoples, including the following four. Jun 20-26. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 Inquiries: 2388 3278

Desert Flower

Drama based on the life of Waris Dirie, an international supermodel who fled Somalia and a forced marriage at the age of 13 years. Starring Liya Kebede. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 20, 24, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.


Documentary about a wave of desperate African refugees, many from Darfur, who crossed the desert border into Israel in 2007 and a group of Israeli volunteers who help them in defiance of their own government's position. In Arabic, Hebrew and English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 20, 9.50pm, Jun 23, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Enemies of the People

Cambodian journalist Thet Sam Bath - who lost his parents and his siblings in the killing fields in the late '70s - and British filmmaker Rob Lemkin's documentary in which the Khmer Rouge's Brother Number Two, Nuon Chea, discusses how he and Pol Pot killed party members they considered 'Enemies of the People'. In English and Cambodian with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 21, 8pm, Jun 26, 9.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

My Rohingya

Documentary looking at the journeys and struggles of Rohingya Muslims in Thailand and Bangladesh who struggle for survival and a better life after being forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. In English, Myanmese and Rohingya with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 21, 9.40pm, Jun 24, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.