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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2012, 12:00am
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New Releases

Painted Skin: The Resurrection (IIB) (Putonghua)

See review on this page.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (IIB)

See review on this page.

Elles (III) (French and Polish)

Juliette Binoche stars in a drama centring on a well-off mother of two and investigative journalist for Elle magazine who immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students. CT

Flying Machine 3D (I)

Live action/animation film about an overworked mother (Heather Graham) who, after her two children get magically transported into the animation world of a film she had taken them to see, needs a little help from pianist Lang Lang to help rescue them. Not reviewed.

Hotaru: the Movie: It's Only A Little Light In My Life (I) (Japanese)

Romantic comedy spin-off from the television show in which the protagonist (Haruka Ayase) and her boss, and now husband, make plans to honeymoon in Rome. CT

Late Autumn (IIA) (Korean, English and Putonghua)

Tang Wei and Hyun Bin star in Kim Tae-yong's drama set in Seattle about a prison inmate granted a three-day parole to attend her mother's funeral who meets and bonds with a caddish man on the run. CT

General Releases

The Amazing Spider-Man (IIA)

Marc Webb's reboot of the Marvel Comics' superhero has Peter Parker finding a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young, and sets him on a collision course with his father's former partner. Starring Andrew Garfield. 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

Being Flynn (IIB)

Robert DeNiro stars in Paul Weitz's adaptation of Nick Flynn's memoirs about a young writer (Paul Dano) who misses his caring late mother (Julianne Moore) and whose father was mostly absent during his childhood. CT

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 follows him on his new assignment. CT

Chicken With Plums (IIB) (French)

Set in 1958 Tehran, Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic novel about a celebrated violin player (Mathieu Amalric) who loses his will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin. CT

The Dictator (IIB) (English and Arabic)

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

Men in Black III 3-D (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

Motorway (IIB) (Cantonese)

Soi Cheang Pou-soi's action-thriller revolving around a rookie cop (Shawn Yue Man-lok) and his veteran partner (Anthony Wong Chau-sang) who seek to apprehend an underworld getaway driver (Guo Xiaodong). PF

Postcard (IIB) (Japanese)

The late Kaneto Shindo's anti-war drama about a middle-aged man who is sent to the frontlines that draws upon the director-writer's own military experiences during the second world war. 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, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. CT

The Raven (IIB)

Gothic thriller about a 19th-century Baltimore detective who, with the help of author Edgar Allan Poe, seeks to apprehend a madman who commits horrific murders inspired by Poe's works. CT

Sadako 3-D (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. 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

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

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 mentor in a quest to vanquish the evil queen. 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

Wings of the Kirin (IIA) (Japanese)

Mystery-drama revolving around a murder victim found under the statue of a giraffe, a suspect who falls unconscious after a car accident and a detective who uncovers an unexpected connection between the two men. Starring Hiroshi Abe. Not reviewed.

Art House

Teddy Boys

The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of four films that pays tribute to four Hong Kong actors who specialised in playing 'teddy boys', including the following two films. Jul 6-27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Poor Mother

Drama centring on the rebellious daughter (Sheung-kwun Kwan-wai) of a kind but suffering woman (Pak Yin) who puts her trust in a man (Ha Chun-chau) who is the youthful embodiment of corrupt modern values. In Cantonese. Jul 6, 11am, HK Film Archive.

Love with Tears

Drama, adapted from a Commercial Radio serial, about a rich family's son's illegitimate daughter (Patricia Lam Fung) whose jealous half-sister summons a teddy boy (Ding Yue) to ruin her life after she falls in love with a nice young man. In Cantonese. Jul 13, 11am, HK Film Archive.

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. Part of the Chinese Opera Festival, including the following two. Until Jul 7. HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7325

Pearl's Reconciliation

Law Chi-hung's 1957 Cantonese Opera film about a married scholar who instructs his wife to take their case to a judge after he is sought as a son-in-law by a prime minister prepared to resort to dirty tricks. In Cantonese with some Chinese surtitles. Jul 6, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.

Bloody Palm Prints

Law Chi-hung's 1957 Cantonese Opera film about what transpires after a minister arranges his daughter's marriage to a rich man and then changes his mind after the man's fortune declines in hope of finding a grander suitor. In Cantonese with Chinese surtitles. Jul 7, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.

International Children's Film Carnival 2012

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a selection of 16 feature films and short film programmes for the young and young at heart, including the following eight films. Jul 6-Aug 19. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST. HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Chubby Drums

Drama-comedy about a food-loving chubby boy whose father opens a restaurant in Thinhaven, where no one is outgoing or fat - and where the boy falls for a girl who happens to be the town's most beautiful and skinny. In Dutch with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 6, 22, Aug 8, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Aug 19, 5pm, HK Film Archive.

The Secret Letter

Drama centring on a girl who, when pretending to run away in an attempt to stop her beloved parents from quarrelling, finds a secret letter in an empty house and gets mixed up with a criminal case. In Dutch with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 7, 2.30pm, Aug 12, 5pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 15, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.

The Ugly Duckling

Claymation version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale about a poor little bird mocked for his ugly appearance, little expecting that he will grow up to become a beautiful creature. In Russian with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 7, 5pm, Jul 22, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 28, Aug 11, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.

KJ: Music and Life

Cheung King-wai documentary following the struggles of pianist Wong Ka-jeng as he grows from an 11-year-old prodigy into a rebellious, music-loving teenager. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 9, 7.30pm, HK Cultural Centre.

Tales of the Night

Animated fantasy about an old projectionist who tells fables and other stories to a boy and girl he meets nightly, and re-living them on the screen. In French with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 13, Aug 12, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Jul 29, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.

First Position

Bess Kargman's documentary following six ballet dancers from different backgrounds as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix. In English, Spanish, French and Hebrew with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 14, 2.30pm, Aug 4, 5pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 25, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.

The Crocodiles Strike Back

The 2010 sequel to 2009 drama, The Crocodiles, revolving around a boys' gang trying to find out if a series of freak accidents are part of a conspiracy to force the closure of a factory. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 14, 5pm, Aug 18, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Aug 4, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.

The Azemichi Road

Drama centring on a hearing-impaired girl who can still feel the rhythm whose life is changed after she joins a dance team that enters a dance competition. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 14, Aug 5, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum, Jul 21, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.

100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 100 Hong Kong films made between 1916 and 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

The Sorrowful Lute

Tso Kea's 1957 adaptation of Charles Vidor's Love Me or Leave Me (1955) about a Chinese opera aficionado yearning for stardom who attempts to exploit a triad boss' fascination with her only to find herself unable to escape his obsessive control. Starring Fong Yim-fun and Ng Chor-fan. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 7, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 15, 1.10pm, 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

Verdi's La Traviata

Film of The Metropolitan Opera of New York's production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera about a courtesan whose romantic relationship with a man named Alfredo threatens to bring scandal upon his family. Soprano Natalie Dessay stars. In Italian with English subtitles. Jul 7, 7.50pm, Jul 8, 3.50pm, UA City Plaza.

Jump! Ashin!

Lin Yu-hsien's film version of the life story of his brother - portrayed as a small-town youth with a passion for gymnastics who mixes with the wrong crowd after his mother gets him removed from the gymnastics team. In Mandarin and Taiwanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 8, 11.40am, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

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

Kings of the Road

Wim Wenders' 1976 drama-road movie revolving around a travelling projection-equipment mechanic working in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out film theatres, who befriends and travels with a depressed paediatrician whose marriage has just broken up. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 8, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 29, 2.30pm, HK Science Museum.

InDPolar International Animation Festival

InD Blue presents a selection of eight programmes of animated short films from around the world, including the following two programmes. Jul 13-27. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$65 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2572 7202

Opening Programme 1: Love's Great Adventure

Programme of five animated shorts including: Albert'T Hooft and Paco Vink's Paul and the Dragon, a film based on the true story of Paul Sanders, about a nine-year old boy diagnosed with cancer whose doctor tells him that the cancer is like a dragon in his body that needs to be fought (no dialogue); and Jakob Schuh and Max Lang's The Gruffalo, based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's illustrated book about a mouse taking a stroll through the woods who encounters three predators who all wish to eat him (in English). Jul 13, 7.50pm, Jul 26, 7.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Opening Programme 2: It's A Wonderful World

Programme of 12 animated shorts including: Lilian Fu's Fishing with Popo, about a girl who, while attending her grandmother's funeral, recalls the deceased's vivid storytelling and a curious dream involving her grandmother in the afterlife (in Cantonese with English subtitles); and William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg's The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr Morris Lessmore, telling the story of people who devote their lives to books and books that return the favour (no dialogue). Jul 13, 9.45pm, Jul 20, 7.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Moon Beam - Dating with Documentary

Visual Record presents a showcase of eight Chinese language documentary films, including the following two. Jul 14-Sept 1. Film Culture Centre, Flat A3, 11/F Tung Nam Factory Building, 40 Ma Tau Kok Rd, To Kwa Wan, free. Inquiries: 2540 7859

My Little Naughties

Documentary about a passionate Taipei primary school teacher who offers early life coaching while standing strong against criticism. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 14, 2.30pm, Film Culture Centre.

Secondary School

Tammy Cheung Hung's documentary examining the teaching values and styles of two well-respected 'Band One' secondary schools, one for boys and one for girls. In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 14, 4pm, Film Culture Centre.

Future Shorts Festival Summer Programme

HK Alt Screenings presents a double bill of: Mikkel N?rgaard's Klown, a comedy about a man who takes his girlfriend's 12-year-old nephew with him on an ill-conceived debauched weekend canoe trip (in Danish with English subtitles); and Future Shorts 2012 Summer Season, a showcase of seven short films that includes Grant Orchard's A Morning Stroll and Will Madden's Notes On Biology (in English, Korean, Romanian and Portugeuse with English subtitles). Jul 14, 7pm, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$110 eventbrite.com/event/3807181382. Inquiries: 6176 9272

Starry Starry Night

Tom Lin Shu-yu's adaptation of Jimmy Liao Fu-bin's coming-of-age love story revolving around a lonely young girl (Josie Xu Jiao) and a boy she befriends. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 15, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

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