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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
 

New Releases

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (IIA) (English, Arabic and Putonghua)

See review on this page.

The Raid - Redemption (III) (Bahasa Indonesia)

See review on this page.

Double Trouble (IIA) (Putonghua)

Action comedy about a Taiwanese security guard (Jaycee Chan Cho-ming) who enlists the help of a security guard on holiday from Beijing (Yu Xia) to retrieve a 400-year-old treasure after it is stolen from a museum. Not reviewed.

Sadako 3D (IIB) (Japanese)

Stereoscopic follow-up to The Ring horror trilogy about a teacher who is drawn into the horror created by a man planning to resurrect the vengeful spirit of Sadako. Not reviewed.

General Releases

10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)

Anthology of 20 five-minute 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 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 save the world. Starring Robert Downey Jnr. 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. 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. CT

The Dictator (IIB) (English and Arabic)

Sacha Baron Cohen stars in a comedy about a dictator of a North African country who, upon finding himself stranded in New York after being double-crossed by his uncle (Ben Kingsley), meets and falls for a pro-democracy activist (Anna Faris) who runs a vegetarian co-op in town. CT

First Time (IIA) (Putonghua)

Romantic drama revolving around a young woman (Angelababy Yeung Wing) cared for by her widowed mother (Jiang Shan) and the grunge rocker (Mark Chao Yu-ting) who attempts to make her dreams come true. PF

Flamenco, Flamenco (I)

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

The Good Doctor (IIB)

Thriller centring on a doctor (Orlando Bloom) who tampers with an 18-year-old patient's treatment to keep her in hospital. Also starring Riley Keough. 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. 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.

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

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

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 and Michael Fassbender. 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 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. CT

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

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. CT Art House

To Fathers With Love

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

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 Good Match

Chor Yuen's drama about two babies involved in a mix-up who are brought together by fate as adults. Starring Lok Kung, Nam Hung and Woo Fung. In Cantonese. Jun 22, 11am, HK Film Archive.

Aung San Suu Kyi - Lady of No Fear

Documentary glimpse into Myanmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's life that shows some of the consequences her struggle for freedom has had on her, her family and friends. Anne Gyrithe Bonne directs. In English. Includes a post-screening discussion with Oxford University historian Peter Carey and University of HK political scientist Ian Holliday. Jun 15, 6.30pm, Asia Society HK Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK$230 (Asia Society members HK$180), registration required. Inquiries: 2103 9508

Japanese and Korean Film Festival

Sundream Motion Pictures presents a programme of nine Japanese and Korean films, including the following four. 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 found under the statue of a giraffe, a suspect who falls unconscious after being involved in a car accident and a detective who finds a 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.

Always

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.

Hard Romanticker

Gu Su-yeon's violent semi-autobiographical drama centring on a hard-nosed Korean-Japanese hoodlum (Shota Matsuda) who thinks he has got lucky by getting a job as a manager of a hostess club, only to find that his boss works for a rival gang and may be involved with drugs. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Jun 22, 7.30pm, GH Mong Kok.

Pineapple Underground Film Festival (Puff) 2012

Experimenta presents a programme of more than 25 international independent feature and short films, including the following five. Until Jun 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: hkpuff.com

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.

Re:Play-Girls

Fantasy action drama centring on a suicidal high-school student who stumbles into an online suicide chat room and decides to buy their special service. In Japanese with English subtitles. Jun 22, 7.45pm, Fringe Club.

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

God of Gamblers

Chow Yun-fat stars in Wong Jing's 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.

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

Manon

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.

Gotterdammerung

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. 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 an 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 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

Refugee Film Festival

The United Nations Refugee Agency presents a programme of seven films about displaced peoples, including the following six. Jun 20-26. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 cinema.com.hk. 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. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 20, 24, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Refugees

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 1970s - 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 Khmer with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 21, 8pm, Jun 26, 9.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

My Rohingya

Documentary looking at the 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.

Children of War

Documentary about a group of former child fighters in Uganda - abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army - as they undergo trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation centre. In Luo and English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 22, 8pm, Jun 25, 7.20pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

For a Moment, Freedom

Drama about the odyssey of three groups of Iranian refugees who wait in a run-down Turkish hotel, hoping each day that their applications for asylum will be approved. In English, French and Portuguese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 22, 9.30pm, Jun 26, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Germany without Borders

The Goethe-Institut HK and Broadway Cinematheque present a programme of six films about the 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

Almanya: Welcome to Germany

Yasemin Samdereli's feel-good comedy about three generations of a Turkish family living in Germany. In German and Turkish with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 22, 8pm, HK Film Archive.

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