Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai, Yvonne Teh and Clarence Tsui
The Dark Knight Rises (IIA)
See review on this page.
When Pigs Have Wings (IIA) (Arabic, English and Hebrew)
See review on this page.
10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)
Anthology of 20 short films by 20 directors (including Hou Hsiao-hsien and Sylvia Chang Ai-chia) about 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. 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. CT
The Avengers (IIB)
Marvel Comics-inspired actioner in which Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow team up to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening the world. 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 who loses his will to live after his wife breaks his beloved violin. CT
Elles (III) (French and Polish)
Juliette Binoche stars in a drama centring on an investigative journalist for Elle magazine who immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students for a story she's writing. CT
The Four (IIA) (Cantonese)
Gordon Chan Ka-seung and Janet Chun Siu-chun's adaptation of Wen Rui'an's wuxia novel 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 rival constabularies are assigned to investigate these occurrences. YT
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
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (I) (English and Cantonese versions)
The fourth instalment of the animated comedy franchise has Manny the mammoth, Diego the sabre-toothed tiger and Sid the sloth embarking upon another adventure after their home is set adrift following an earthquake. LKW
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
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) with supernatural powers. 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
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
W.E. (IIB) (English, French and Russian)
Madonna's romantic drama about the affair between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), and a contemporary tale about a woman (Abbie Cornish) married to a tycoon. CT
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. Until Aug 8. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$65 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2572 7202
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 whether to live or die (in English). Jul 19, 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 20, 7.55pm, Aug 8, 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.
World Amazing Animations
Programme of nine animated shorts from the mainland, South Korea, Russia, the Netherlands, Estonia and elsewhere including: Arjan Wilschut's Farmer Jack, about a farmer with money problems who a salesman-scientist tries to convince has a solution to his problem (no dialogue); and Park Hyeong-ik and Yoon Hong-ran's Line, about the discord that arises between two neighbours whose properties are separated by a thin wall (no dialogue). Jul 25, 7.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
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 film. Until Jul 27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
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.
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 seven 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
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 his mother and friends which he never knew. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 20, Aug 11, 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. Jul 21, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Aug 5, 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 restore her sight, 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.
Bess Kargman's documentary that follows 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 25, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Aug 4, 5pm, 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 Spooky Bunch
Ann Hui On-wah's 1980 supernatural comedy about a Cantonese Opera troupe invited to perform on Cheung Chau that 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
Opera Sight and Sound at Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Film Programmes Office presents the following programme of three Cantonese Opera films that had played at the landmark theatre. Until Jul 29. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Three Trials of the Number One Scholar's Wife
Yam Kim-fai and Pak Suet-sin star in Chiang Wai-kwong's Cantonese Opera film about a maid whose husband is unable to save his wrongly prosecuted wife despite his being a top scholar. In Cantonese. Jul 20, 28, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Heroes and the Beauty
Cantonese Opera film adaptation of a cherished Tai Lung Fung opera troupe production about a prince and princess who are separated after their father the Emperor is murdered. Starring Lam Kar-sing and Fung Wong Nui. In Cantonese. Jul 22, 5pm, Jul 29, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
This Merry Life
Sun Ma Si-tsang and Tang Bik-wan star in this Cantonese Opera comedy, set in the 1950s, about a love rectangle involving a shy secretary who has a crush on her reticent office manager who nevertheless is courting an opera actress, who in turn is in love with another man. In Cantonese. Jul 22, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
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
Documentary about three Lebanese siblings who are successful musicians and break-dancers who have lived in Berlin's notorious Neukoelln district since early childhood - and live in constant danger of being deported from Germany. Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratsch direct. In German and English with English subtitles. Jul 27, 8pm, HK Film Archive.