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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 June, 2012, 12:00am

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Motorway (IIB) (Cantonese)

See review on this page.

The Raven (IIB)

See review on this page.

Being Flynn (IIB)

Robert DeNiro stars in Paul Weitz's dramatic adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoirs about a young writer (Paul Dano) seeking to define himself who misses his caring late mother (Julianne Moore) and whose father was mostly absent during his childhood. Not reviewed.

The Bounty (IIA) (Cantonese)

Chapman To Man-chat and Fiona Sit Hoi-kei star in an action comedy revolving around a bounty hunter and an innkeeper's daughter who decides to go with him on his new assignment. Not reviewed.

Chicken With Plums (IIB) (French)

Set in 1958 Tehran, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's dramatic adaptation of Satrapi's centres on a celebrated violin player who loses his will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin during an argument. 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

Shadows of Love (I) (Cantonese)

Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi stars in a romantic drama centring on a flower girl who is dragged into a power struggle after being asked to stand in for the missing heiress girlfriend of a company chief executive until she falls in love with him. Not reviewed.

Silenced (III) (Korean)

Thriller adapted from Kong Ji-young's novel inspired by true incidents at a school for the hearing-impaired whose principal and some teachers sexually molested and abused their students. CT

Wings of the Kirin (IIA) (Japanese)

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. 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 save the world from an unexpected enemy and his alien allies. 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. 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, meets and falls for a pro-democracy activist. 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.

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

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. 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

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

The Raid - Redemption (III) (Bahasa Indonesia)

Gareth Evans' crime actioner about an elite police special forces team that finds nothing is quite as it seems after the team sets out to secretly invade a safe building for criminals and kill or capture the sadistic drug lord who operates it. CT

Sadako 3D (IIB) (Japanese)

Stereoscopic follow-up to The Ring trilogy about a teacher who is drawn into the horror created by a man planning to resurrect the vengeful spirit of Sadako. CT

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

Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star in this romantic comedy adaptation of Paul Torday's novel about a British fisheries expert sent to help realise a sheikh's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. 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

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

Pineapple Underground Film Festival (Puff) 2012

Experimenta presents a programme of more than 25 international independent feature and short films, including the following three. 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

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.

O Que Ha De Novo No Amor?

A collection of love stories organised around the separate lives of five young people in a struggling rock band, with six directors contributing tales seen from one point of view. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Jun 23, 8pm, XXX Gallery.

Refugee Film Festival

The United Nations Refugee Agency presents the following programme of seven films about displaced peoples. Until Jun 26. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$65 www.cinema.com. Inquiries: unhcr.org.hk/film/about.htm or 2388 3278

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.

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 23, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Palestine in the South

Documentary about a group of Palestinian refugees who move after the fall of Saddam Hussein from Iraq to the small Chilean town of La Calera. In Arabic and Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 23, 8.50pm, Jun 25, 8.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

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. Starring Liya Kebede. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 24, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

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

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.

Father and Son

Allen Fong Yuk-ping's drama centring on a salaryman father (Shi Lei) who uses his every means to send the son to study abroad, even sacrificing his daughter's marriage in the process. In Cantonese. Jun 29, 11am, HK Film Archive.

Japanese and Korean Film Festival

Sundream Motion Pictures presents a programme of nine Japanese and Korean films, including the following four. Until Jul 2. GH Mong Kok, G/F Grand Century Place, 193 Prince Edward Rd West, Mong Kok, HK$70 goldenharvest.com. Inquiries: 2628 9864

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 after being hired to manage 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.

Unfair the Movie

Crime action television spin-off centring on an ace crime fighter (Ryoko Shinohara) who finds herself on the trail of a massive internal corruption scheme and facing a situation in which her young daughter is in a hospital that has been taken over by an armed group. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Jun 23, 4pm, GH Mong Kok.

Unfair the Answer

Crime actioner in which Ryoko Shinhara reprises her role as ace police detective Natsumi Yukihira who finds herself as well as her ex-husband suspects in a series of grotesque murders taking place in downtown Tokyo. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Jun 24, 4pm, GH Mong Kok.

Champ

Drama about a former top jockey (Cha Tae-hyun) involved in a serious accident that kills his wife and damages his eyesight whose life and career stand to get jumpstarted by a chance encounter with a difficult racehorse. In Korean with Chinese subtitles. Jun 30, 4pm, GH Mong Kok.

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

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.

Critics' Choice 2012 - The Films in Their Times

The Film Programmes Office presents a selection programme 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

Lucia

Humberto Sol?s' 1968 drama, depicting the revolutionary progression that lasted for 70 years in Cuba, focuses on 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 23, 2.30pm, 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

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 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 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

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 24, 7.40pm, AMC Pacific Place.

Cantonese Opera Films Featuring Leng Chi-pak

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of three Cantonese Opera films featuring the seminal 20th century Cantonese Opera star who died in 1992 as part of the Chinese Opera Festival, including the following one. Jun 29-Jul 7. HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

The Story of Yeung Chung-bo and Muk Kwai-ying (part 1)

Wong Hok-sing's 1959 film revolving around a Song general who agrees to marry the chief of the Mui Ok Fortress so that he can fulfil an assignment to obtain a dragon-seizing log. In Cantonese with some Chinese surtitles. Jun 29, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.