Reviews by Paul Fonoroff and Clarence Tsui
W.E. (IIB) (English, French and Russian)
See review on this page.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (I) (English and Cantonese versions)
See review on this page.
The Four (IIA) (Cantonese)
Gordon Chan Ka-seung's adaptation of a wuxia series that revolves around what transpires after counterfeit bills appear in
the capital city of the Song dynasty and detectives with special martial arts powers from the the court-run Six Fan Gate Constabulary and the independent Divine Constabulary are assigned to investigate these occurrences. Starring Collin Chou and Anthony Wong Chau-sang. Not reviewed.
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
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (IIB)
Timur Bekmambetov's horror actioner in which the 16th American President discovers vampires are planning to take over the country and makes it his mission to eliminate them. Starring Benjamin Walker. CT
The Amazing Spider-Man (IIA)
Marc Webb's reboot of the Marvel Comics' superhero saga 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
The Avengers (IIB)
Marvel Comics-inspired actioner in which superheroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black team up to defeat an unexpected enemy and his alien allies threatening the world. Starring Robert Downey Jnr. CT
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. CT
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (IIA)
Ensemble comedy-drama about seven British retirees who travel to India to live and take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. 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
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. 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
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 for a story she's writing. CT
First Time (IIA) (Putonghua)
Romantic drama revolving around a frail 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.
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
Le Havre (I) (French)
Aki Kaurismaki's quasi-magic realist 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
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 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 a notorious underworld getaway driver (Guo Xiaodong). PF
Painted Skin: The Resurrection (IIB) (Putonghua)
Wuershan's period fantasy revolves around a scarred princess (Vicky Zhao Wei) who turns for help in winning the young general she loves (Chen Kun) to a fox demon (Zhou Xun) obliged to devour human hearts to regain her youth and beauty. CT
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
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, after one of her students commits suicide, 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. Hwang Dong-hyuk directs. 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
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
Born to be Wild
Omnimax film documenting the life of some young, orphaned orangutans and elephants after being saved, and the extraordinary 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 the weather phenomenon in the danger zone known as Tornado Alley in the US as they study 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
Stereoscopic film looking at astronaut training that shows the kinds of risks and challenges faced by space explorers. English shows: Wed, Fri, 6.10pm; otherwise in Cantonese. Narration in Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Japanese are also available through headphones. Daily (except Tue), 2.40pm, also Sun, (and public holidays), 11.10am. HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Dec 31
The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of four films that pay tribute to four Hong Kong actors who specialised in playing 'teddy boys', including the following two films. Until Jul 27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
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.
Teddy Boy in the Gutter
Comedy-drama revolving around a na? and unemployed young man (Sun Ma Si-tsang) who unwittingly is recruited into a gang that terrorises a wet market where a feisty female vegetable vendor (Tang Bik-wan) works. Also starring Yu Ming. In Cantonese. Jul 20, 11am, HK Film Archive.
InDPolar International Animation Festival
InD Blue presents a selection of eight programmes of animated short films from around the world, including the following five programmes. Jul 13-Aug 8. 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 from the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Latvia and Britain 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 want to eat him (in English). Jul 13, 7.50pm, Jul 26, 7.55pm, Aug 7, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Opening Programme 2: It's A Wonderful World
Programme of 12 animated shorts from the mainland, Turkey, South Korea, the Netherlands, Britain, Japan, Russia and the US 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, that tells 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, Aug 8, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Lovely Touching Little Stories
Programme of 13 animated shorts from Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Latvia including: Makiko Sukikara's Walkin' On Snow Grass, about a dormouse who wakes up from hibernation to see the snow for the first time, and finds someone's footprints that are larger than his own (no dialogue); and Dace Riduze Pig's Happiness, about a family of city pigs that go to spend their holiday in the countryside (no dialogue). Jul 19, 7.40pm, Aug 2, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Golden Harvest Awards x Alternation Film Festival -Best Animations 2012
Programme of 11 animated shorts from Taiwan including: Huang Yia-wei's Oblivion, in which old, narrow streets come to life every night to reveal their memories of old times and the fates of those who used to walk through them (no dialogue); and Kuo Yen-ting's Swing, in which it is imagined that unconscious patients are able to decide to live or die (in English). Jul 19, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Closing Programme 2: The King Of Pigs + The Hell
Yeong Sang-ho's double bill of films consisting of: an animated drama about a bankrupt businessman-murderer and a struggling writer who look back on their childhoods for answers, only to realise that they have more questions than before they started thinking about their early days; and a two-part short film about a salaryman who is told by the Angel of Death that the guards of hell will come out to grab him at midnight and a 20-something-year-old woman who is told that she is about to die and is greatly upset about it. In Korean with English subtitles. Jul 20, 9.45pm, Jul 27, 9.50pm, Aug 3, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
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 11 films. Until 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
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 relives the stories on 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.
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 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.
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 15, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 12, 5pm, HK Film Archive.
Mia and the Migoo
Animated drama about a girl who, after her father goes missing when a landslide occurs, goes off to find him in a mysterious forest whose guardians are known as the Migoo. In French with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 16, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Jul 29, 5pm, Aug 12, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
7 Days in Slow Motion
Umakanth Thumrugoti's drama about a young cinephile who, seven days before a school examination he has to take, finds a video camera and decides to make his own Bollywood film with his friends while discovering something about a side of his mother and friends which he never knew. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 20, Aug 11, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
Hands off Mississippi
Adventure comedy about a girl holidaying at her grandmother's who urges her grandmother to buy a recently deceased neighbour's horse that the neighbour's nephew wishes to sell for its meat. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 21, 5pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 27, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
Charlie Chaplin directs and stars in this 1931 romantic comedy-drama as a tramp who meets a blind flower-selling girl, then tries to earn money to pay for surgery that could give her sight back, and saves a rich man who is about to commit suicide. Also starring Virginia Cherrill. Silent with music and English intertitles. Jul 21, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Aug 4, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Ugly Duckling
Claymation version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 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 22, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 28, Aug 11, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
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 is skinny. In Dutch with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 22, Aug 8, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Aug 19, 5pm, HK Film Archive.
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.
Tammy Cheung Hung's documentary examining the teaching values and styles of two well-respected 'Band One' secondary schools, one for boys and the other 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 Norgaard'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
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 two films. 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 15, 1.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Spooky Bunch
Ann Hui On-wah's supernatural comedy about a Cantonese Opera troupe invited to perform on Cheung Chau who gets mixed up with a platoon of ghost soldiers seeking revenge. Starring Josephine Siao Fong-fong and Kenny Bee. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 21, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Jul 29, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Contemporary fairy tale about a woman (Kwai Lun-mei) whose coffee shop gets turned into a burgeoning bartering business by her younger sister (Lin Zaizai). In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 22, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002