Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Beloved (III) (French, English and Czech)
See review on this page.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits in 3-D (I) (English and Cantonese versions)
See review on this page.
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Last Haven (I) (Cantonese)
The latest anime featuring earless robot cat Doraemon and his schoolboy buddy Nobita sees the duo journeying to an island protected by a golden beetle named Herakles, where they meet a girl from the Rokkoro tribe and a boy who is Nobita's doppelganger. Not reviewed.
One Piece x Toriko 3-D (I) (Japanese)
Anime double feature consisting of One Piece 3-D: Mugiwara Chase and Toriko 3-D: Kaimaku! Gourmet Adventure!! - both of which feature characters that originated in the manga series. Not reviewed.
Step Up: Revolution (IIA)
Dance musical-romantic drama centring on a young woman who aspires to be a professional dancer that hits it off with the leader of a dance crew whose neighbourhood is threatened by her father's development plans. Starring Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman. Not reviewed.
Wu Dang (IIA) (Putonghua)
Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo stars in an actioner set in early Republican China about foreigners out to steal a Wudang treasure and the efforts of a group of young martial artists to stop them from doing so. Not reviewed.
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. Starring Andrew Garfield. 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
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
The Dark Knight Rises (IIA)
Christopher Nolan's crime actioner has Batman resurfacing to protect a city that has branded him an enemy after a new terrorist leader arrives on the scene and threatens to overwhelm Gotham's finest. Starring Christian Bale. 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
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
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
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 drama about the affair between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough), and a contemporary tale about a woman (Abbie Cornish) married to a tycoon. CT
When Pigs Have Wings (IIA) (Arabic, English and Hebrew)
Sylvain Estibal's farcical comedy about a poor Gaza fisherman who one day discovers a pig tangled in his net. CT
Born to be Wild
Omnimax film documenting the life of orphaned orangutans and elephants, and the 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. 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, 11.10am. HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Dec 31
InDPolar International Animation Festival
InD Blue presents a selection of eight programmes of animated short films from around the world, including the following six programmes. Until 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 including: Albert'T Hooft and Paco Vink's Paul and the Dragon, a film based on the true life 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 26, 7.55pm, Aug 7, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Focus on Studio: Studio AKA - from Independent to Oscar
Programme of short films and commercials from London-based animation production company Studio AKA including: Jojo in the Stars, a heart-wrenching tale of two unlikely lovers - JoJo, a silver-plated trapeze artist and the nameless hero who worships her (no dialogue); and A Morning Stroll, about a New Yorker's early morning encounter with a chicken that turns into an event that plays out over 100 years (no dialogue). Jul 26, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Closing Programme 1: Twilight Zone - Indefinite Edition
Programme of five short films including: Atsushi Wada's The Great Rabbit, a dreamlike film about worshippers of a profound and mysterious 'great rabbit' that comments on the confusion of the modern world (no dialogue); and David O'Reilly's The External World, about a boy who learns to play the piano (in English and Japanese with English subtitles). Jul 27, 7.40pm, Aug 6, 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 27, 9.50pm, Aug 3, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Lovely Touching Little Stories
Programme of 13 animated shorts 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). Aug 2, 8pm, 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, that tells the story of people who devote their lives to books and books that return the favour (no dialogue). Aug 8, 9.45pm, 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
Two Fools in Paradise
Sun Ma Si-tsang and Tang Kei-chen star in a comedy about two men bumbling their way through life who come across a troublemaker even when they make a dream visit to heaven. In Cantonese. Jul 27, 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 12 films and programmes. 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
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 27, 29, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
World Animation and Shorts 1
Programme of nine short animation films including: Jessica Poon's Origin, a mother and son story told through two water droplets and the water cycle (in English with Chinese and English subtitles); and Wouter Bongaerts' Mouse for Sale, about a lonely mouse in a pet shop who longs to be bought by someone (no dialogue). With an interactive session in Cantonese. Jul 28, Aug 11, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Aug 5, 2.30pm, HK Space Museum.
World Animation and Shorts 2
Programme of six short films including: Vincent Bruno's Cristiano's Shirt, about two boys who seek to get the same shirt as their idol, soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo (in French with Chinese and English subtitles); and Li Zhiyong's Kungfu Bunny 3 - Counterattack, an animated short about a man who trains his dog to fight the Kungfu Bunny who has taken over his desk (no dialogue). With an interactive session in Cantonese. Jul 28, Aug 11, 5pm, HK Film Archive, Aug 5, 5pm, HK Space Museum.
The Ugly Duckling
Claymation version of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about a baby 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 28, Aug 11, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
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 29, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive, Aug 12, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Mia and the Migoo
Animated drama about a girl who, after her father goes missing following a landslide, tries to find him in a mysterious forest whose guardians are known as the Migoo. In French with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 29, 5pm, Aug 12, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
Mai Mai Miracle
Sunao Katabuchi's coming-of-age drama about a young girl inspired by her grandfather's stories that embarks on wild flights of fancy about the history of the town she lives in. Dubbed into Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 31, Aug 10, 7.30pm, HK Science 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. Aug 4, 2.30pm, 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. Aug 4, 5pm, HK Film Archive.
The Crocodiles Strike Back
The 2010 sequel to 2009 drama, The Crocodiles, is a drama revolving around a boys' gang known as the Crocodiles who seek 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. Aug 4, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 18, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Azemichi Road
Drama centring on a hearing-impaired girl whose life is changed after she joins a dance team that enters a competition. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 5, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
Drama-comedy about a fat boy whose father opens a new restaurant in Thinhaven, where no one is outgoing or fat. The boy later falls for a girl who happens to be the town's prettiest and is skinny. In Dutch with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Aug 8, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, Aug 19, 5pm, 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 fear of being deported from Germany. Agostino Imondi and Dietmar Ratsch direct. In German and English with English subtitles. Jul 27, 8pm, HK Film Archive.
Opera Sight and Sound at Yau Ma Tei Theatre
Film Programmes Office presents a programme of three Cantonese Opera films that were screened at the landmark theatre, including the following two films. 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 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 29, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
Au Revoir Taipei
US-born Taiwanese filmmaker Arvin Chen Chun-lin's directorial debut centres on a young man's rediscovery of Taipei as a magical, romantic city on the night before he is supposed to leave for a new life in Paris. Jack Yao Chun-yao stars. In Mandarin, Taiwanese and French with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 29, 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 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 29, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Blood in Snow
Li Lihua and Grace Chang (aka Ge Lan) stars in Li Han-hsiang's musical drama about a group of small-time performers and their gloomy lives, animated by a troubling love rectangle. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 4, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Aug 12, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
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 clapped-out film theatres, who befriends and travels together with a depressed paediatrician whose marriage has just ended. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 29, 2.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Actress, Singer, Opera Star: Leung So-kam
The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of five films featuring the versatile entertainer, including the following film. Aug 3-31. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Top Singers Two
Leung So-kam stars with Sun Ma Si-tsang, Ho Fei-fan and Pak Suet-sin in a comedy revolving around a love rectangle involving neighbours with a passion for music and a singing star. In Cantonese. Aug 3, 11am, HK Film Archive.
Moon Beam - Dating with Documentary
Visual Record presents a showcase of eight Chinese-language documentary films, including the following two. Until 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
Though I Am Gone
Hu Jie's documentary in which Wang Qingyao, the widower of Bian Zhongyun (who was vice-principal of the Experimental High School attached to Beijing Normal University), recalls the horror of the Cultural Revolution, specifically his wife getting tortured to death by her students during the 'Red August' of 1966. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 4, 2.30pm, Film Culture Centre.
Documentary about Gong Fenghai, a fervent supporter of Mao Zedong, who returns to Beijing 40 years after the 'Down to the Countryside Movement' to find himself a stranger in his own hometown. Zhang Tianhui directs. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 4, 4.15pm, Film Culture Centre.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following two films. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901
The Love Parade
Set in the fictional European country of Sylvania, Ernst Lubitsch's 1929 musical romantic comedy centres on a courtier who finds his new life unsatisfying and without purpose after he marries his country's queen. Starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald. In English. Aug 5, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
My Kingdom for a Husband
Tso Kea's 1957 music-filled comedy inspired by and bearing the Chinese title of Ernst Lubitsch's The Love Parade about about a vagabond singer (Cheung Ying) and the queen who falls for him. Also starring Law Yim-hing, Leung Sing-po and Tam Lan-hing. In Cantonese. Aug 5, 5pm, HK Film Archive.