Reviews by Andrew Sun, Lau Kit-wai, Paul Fonoroff and Clarence Tsui
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (IIA)
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The Go Master (IIA) (Japanese and Putonghua)
Director Tian Zhuangzhuang's story about a Chinese prodigy who, against the backdrop of the tumultuous Sino-Japanese history of the 20th century, moves to Japan and rises to prominence as the world's top Go board game player Chang Chen, Sylvia Chang and Ito Ayumi star. Not reviewed.
Detective Conan: Strategy Above the Depth (IIA) (Japanese with Chinese subtitles)
A theatrical movie based on Meitantei Konan (Detective Conan) - a long-running detective mystery manga/anime series by Gosho Aoyama. Taiichiro Yamamoto directs. Not reviewed.
Black Book (IIB)
Paul Verhoeven directs this wartime thriller starring Carice van Houten as a young Dutch woman who joins the resistance against the Nazis. Also stars Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman and Halina Reijn. CT
This thriller pits a man accused of murder (Anthony Hopkins) against an ambitious young prosecutor (Ryan Gosling). Gregory Hoblit directs. CT
Gong Tau (III) (Cantonese)
A detective and his family are put under a black magic spell after he has an affair with a dancer in Thailand. Mark Cheng Ho-nam and Maggie Siu Mei-kei star. Herman Yau Lai-to directs. Not reviewed.
Infection (IIB) (Japanese)
A mysterious virus is infecting the inhabitants of an old hospital. Stars Mari Hoshino and Shiro Sano. Masayuki Ochiai directs. Not reviewed.
Premonition (IIB) (Japanese)
A teacher keeps having premonitions of the deaths of those around him, including his daughter and students. Hiroshi Mikami and Noriko Sakai star. Norio Tsuruta directs. Not reviewed.
Priceless (IIA) (French)
A waiter (Gad Elmaleh) at a luxury hotel pretends to be a millionaire to win the love of a bimbo (Audrey Tautou) who is looking for a rich husband. Also stars Marie-Christine Adam as a well-to-do widow in her 60s who has her eye on the waiter. Pierre Salvadori directs. Not reviewed.
Retribution (IIB) (Japanese)
Koji Yakusho plays a detective investigating a string of murders in Tokyo. When his fingerprints turn up at the murder scenes, he begins to wonder if he is the killer. Kiyoshi Kurosawa directs. LKW
Spider Lilies (IIB) (Putonghua and Japanese)
Taiwanese director Zero Chou's offbeat romance about two girls (played by pop singers Isabella Leong and Rainie Yang) whose lives are connected by a tattoo of the spider lily. CT
Spider-Man 3 (IIA)
Spider-Man Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) struggles with his inner demons and super villains, including the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace). Also stars Kirsten Dunst as his sweetheart Mary Jane Watson. Sam Raimi directs. AS
28 Weeks Later (IIB)
This sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 film 28 Days Later follows a family trying to survive the bloodshed and chaos in London, where a virus that turns civilians into zombies has revived. Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne and Jeremy Renner star. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directs. Not reviewed.
200 Pound Beauty (IIA) (Korean)
Korean comedy hit about a fat girl with a beautiful voice who has a crush on a handsome music producer. A plastic surgeon turns her into a dazzling beauty. Kim A-joong and Joo Jin-mo star. Kim Yong-hwa directs. Not reviewed.
Umizaru 2: Limit of Love (IIA) (Japanese)
A Japanese Coast Guard frogman (Hideaki Ito), haunted by past failures and the emotional strain that accompanies his life-saving job, tries to save 620 panic passengers on a sinking ferry boat and finds his ex-lover (Ai Kato) is also on board. Eiichiro Hasumi directs. Not reviewed.
Whispers and Moans (III) (Cantonese)
An exploration of the trials and tribulations of prostitutes and gigolos in Hong Kong. Stars Athena Chu Yan and Candice Yu On-on and pop singers Yan Ng Yat-yin and Don Li Yat-long. Herman Yau Lai-to directs. PF
Li Han-hsiang, Storyteller
A retrospective of Hong Kong director Li Han-hsiang's works, including the following nine. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139. Ends Jun 3
Flower Drums of Fung Yang
The musical tells the story of a woman (Chen Chen) who is raped by bandits and, along with her husband, is forced to leave town. Their relationship is strained when she takes up street performing to support them. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Today, 12.30pm.
Storm over the Yangtze River
An Infernal Affairs-like spy thriller set during the second world war. Stars Li Lihua. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Today, 2.30pm.
Black Bull and White Snake
The title refers to the names of a couple who are jugglers. Their son disappears and former enemies return for revenge. Stars Jiang Qing and Tian Ye. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Today, 5pm.
Set in 1970s Hong Kong, the film features Michael Hui in different stories about gambling, confidence tricks and the sex trade. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Tomorrow, 7.30pm.
Empress Wu Tse-tien
Film about Wu Tse-tien (Li Lihua), the only empress to ascend the throne in Chinese history. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 2, 2pm.
Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties
A portrait of the ancient Chinese beauty's love life. Stars Jiang Qing. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 2, 5pm.
The Love Eterne
An adaptation of the Chinese folk legend The Butterfly Lovers, about Zhu Yingtai who attends college diguised as a man and establishes a strong affection for classmate Liang Shanbo. But Zhu is bethrothed to another man by her father before Liang proposes to her. Stars Betty Loh Ti and Ivy Ling Po. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 3, noon
Jin (Kwei Ya-lei) leaves Taipei and her lover Wu (Tian Ye) for an arranged marriage. She is widowed a few years later and returns to the city to meet Wu. Also stars Sun Yue. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 3, 2.30pm.
The film is based on the Chinese classic Jin Ping Mei, an erotic novel about the three concubines (Pan Jin-lian, Li Ping-er and Peng Chun-mei) of the merchant Ximen Qing. Stars Jackie Chan. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 3, 5.30pm.
L-Volve: Conceptual and Experimental Film Screening
Avant-garde short films by American artist Maya Deren. Tomorrow, Jun 1, 7pm-8.30pm, HK Visual Arts Centre, 7a Kennedy Rd, Central, free. Inquiries: 2521 3008
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The transsexual Hedwig from East Berlin forms a punk rock band and tours the US to tell her story through music. Stars John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt and Stephen Trask. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. In English and German with Chinese and English subtitles. Sun, 12.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$40. Inquiries: 2388 0002 or www.cinema.com.hk
On her trip to London, American journalism student Sondra (Scarlett Johansson) is told by a spirit the identity of the 'Tarot Card Killer', a British aristocrat with whom she falls in love during the investigation. Also stars Hugh Jackman and Woody Allen. Directed by Woody Allen. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 3, 12.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$40. Inquiries: 2388 0002 or www.cinema.com.hk
Italian Film Festival
The Consulate-General of Italy, the Italian Trade Commission and Hong Kong Arts Centre present the programme featuring the following six movies by Italian directors. Jun 4-10 (except Jun 6), 7pm, Agnes b. Cinema, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. HK$50, HK$30 (concessions) Urbtix. Inquiries: 2521 8837
Roses of the Desert
Set in the Libyan desert during the second world war, the film focuses on a medical unit in an Italian military camp. Stars Alessandro Haber and Michele Placido. Directed by Mario Monicelli. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 4, 7pm.
Andrea, a doctoral graduate, lives an empty existence until he meets Dolores, who changes his life. Stars Stefano Accorsi and Anita Caprioli. Directed by Marco Ponti. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 5, 7pm.
When Will the Girls Arrive?
Gianca and Nick form a jazz group but only Nick finds fame with a successful music career. Stars Claudio Santamaria and Paolo Briguglia. Directed by Pupi Avati. In Italian with English subtitles.
Jun 7, 7pm.
While planning to open a disco with his friends, 30-year-old Mario's (Fabio Volo) life takes a different turn when he gets a job with the government and meets the woman of his dreams (Valeria Solarino). Directed by Alessandro D'Alatri. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 8, 7pm.
And if Tomorrow
Lawyer Matteo Cillario (Paolo Kessisoglu) tries to save his best friend Mimi Rendano (Luca Bizzarri), accused of taking hostages in a bank, from jail. Directed by Giovanni La Parola. In Italian with English subtitles. Jun 9, 7pm.
Kiss Me Baby
During the second world war, an uprising takes place in a quiet town in Italy. Two policemen decide to go there to investigate, but their journey is not as smooth as they expect. Stars Neri Marcore and Vincenzo Salemme. Directed by Roberto Cimpanelli. In Italian with English Subtitles. Jun 10, 7pm.
A retrospective of the American director's career with nine features and six documentary programmes edited by the Munich Film Museum, including the following four. Jun 8-24, various times, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900.
Welles writes, directs and performs in his debut feature which depicts a publishing tycoon's tragic life. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 8, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive; Jun 19, 2pm, HK Science Museum.
The Magnificent Ambersons
Story about Eugene Morgan's (Joseph Cotten) lifelong love for upper-class Isabelle Ambersons (Dolores Costello). In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 9, 3pm, HK Film Archive; Jun 19, 9pm, HK Science Museum.
Thriller featuring Welles as a Nazi fugitive who is investigated by an FBI agent. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 9, 5pm, HK Film Archive; Jun 23, 9pm, HK Space Museum.
The Lady from Shanghai
Welles plays a sailor who has an affair with his boss' wife. He agrees to take part in a murder game to get enough money to run off with his lover, but the murder turns out to be a real one. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 9, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive; Jun 19, 6.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Small Solar System Bodies
Traces the discovery of small celestial bodies, and explains how these seemingly unimportant parts of the solar system influence life on Earth. In Cantonese (English, Mon, Thu, 7.20pm). Daily, 2.40pm, 6.10pm (Sun also 11.10pm), closed Tue, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24-$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends May 28