Reviews by Andrew Sun, Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Ratatouille (I) (English and Cantonese version)
See review this page.
Secret (I) (Putonghua)
See review this page.
Surf's Up (I)
A computer-animated parody of surfing documentaries, the film is about a rockhopper penguin (voiced by Shia LaBeouf) aspiring to become a famous and respected surfer. His arrogance leads to his downfall but he bounces back after a master surfer (Jeff Bridges) teaches him a few life lessons. Ash Brannon and Chris Buck direct. LKW
Death Proof (IIB)
Kurt Russell plays Stuntman Mike, a psychopathic serial killer who takes pleasure in running over young women with his Chevy Nova. Also stars Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Vanessa Ferlito and Jordan Ladd. Quentin Tarantino directs this second segment of the double feature film Grindhouse. CT
Doraemon The Movie (I) (Cantonese)
The latest Doraemon animated feature film tells the story of Nobita and his friends trying to save a dinosaur with the help of Doraemon's time machine. Not reviewed.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (IIA) (English and Cantonese versions):
Dolores Umbridge joins the Hogwarts staff - but her course on defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against Lord Voldemort and his dark forces. Harry Potter and his friends must rely on their own wits to prepare for the battle ahead. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. David Yates directs. CT
Hula Girls (IIA) (Japanese)
A 1960s coal mining town redevelops itself into a Hawaiian resort as oil gradually supplants coal as the main energy source. Daughters of the miners are recruited as hula dancers, and the girls see that as their only opportunity to escape town. Lee Sang-Il directs this heartfelt comedy. CT
Invisible Target (IIB) (Cantonese)
Benny Chan Muk-sing directs this action thriller about three young cops going up against a ruthless criminal (Wu Jing). Pop singer-actors Shawn Yue Man-lok, Jaycee Chan and Nicholas Tse Ting-fung play the cops. PF
Keroro the Movie 2 (I) (Cantonese)
Sergeant Keroro, an alien frog whose plans to take over the world are side-tracked by his hobbies, comes face to face with a nomadic alien tribe under the sea that tries to flood the planet. Junichi Sato directs. LKW
Planet Terror (III)
People are turned into deformed zombies by biochemical gases released from a military base. Rose McGowan plays a pole dancer whose leg is replaced by a customised machine gun as she and her gunslinging boyfriend (Freddy Rodriguez) attempt to shoot everything that moves. Robert Rodriguez directs. LKW
An action film directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg, it stars Shia LaBeouf as the saviour of humanity as the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons decide to settle a score on Earth. Also stars Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson. AS
2 Days in Paris (IIB)
(English and French)
Julie Delpy stars in and directs this romantic drama about a New York couple trying to save their relationship while on holiday in Europe. Also stars Adam Goldberg, Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet. CT
Asia Society Summer Film Series: Reel Asia
Features documentaries about Asian cultures, including the following three. Until Aug 11, Agnes b. Cinema, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$60 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2103 9508
Director Jennifer Baichwal follows photographer Edward Burtynsky on his trip to China to document the country's industrialisation. In English and Putonghua with English subtitles. Today and Sat, 7.30pm.
Beauty Academy of Kabul
A group of American hairstylists teach Afghan women about hairdressing and makeup. Directed by Liz Mermin. In English and Dari with English subtitles. Fri and Aug 5, 7.30pm.
Director Zhou Hao explores the mainland's educational system by following 78 high school students in Fujian province. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Aug 9, Aug 11, 7.30pm.
International Children's Film Carnival
The International Arts Carnival programme includes the following six features and 14 shorts for children and families. Until Aug 12, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST. HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
The loyal collie helps her young master to settle in his new home after moving to Virginia and protects him from danger. Daniel Petrie directs this 1994 version. In English with Chinese subtitles. Sat, 2pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 12, 5pm, HK Space Museum.
The King and the Mockingbird
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, this animation tells the love story of two paintings, who escape from the palace with the help of the king's mockingbird. Directed by Paul Grimault. In French with Chinese and English subtitles and Cantonese introduction. Sat, 4pm, HK Film Archive.
Journalist Tibbe (Theo Maassen) encounters a cat-turned-woman (Carice van Houten) who supplies him with exclusive news from the cat world that helps him have a successful career. Directed by Vincent Bal. Also stars Sarah Bannier and Hans Kesting. In Cantonese. Sat, 7pm, Aug 12, 3pm, HK Space Museum.
Recently moved to the Netherlands with her family, six-year-old Chinese girl Winky (Ebbie Tam) is desperate for a horse from Santa Claus. Also stars Aaron Wan and Hanyi Han. Directed by Mischa Kamp. In Cantonese. Aug 5, 2pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 11, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Eleven-year-old Paula is robbed but the theft is witnessed by her admirer, Tobi. They set out to find the criminals to retrieve her diary. Directed by Gernot Kraa. In German with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Aug 5, 4pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 12, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
An animation about Wilbur the pig, who avoids being slaughtered with the help of a girl, a spider, a rat and other barnyard animals. Directed by Charles A. Nichols and Iwao Takamoto. In English with Chinese subtitles. Aug 5, 7pm, HK Space Museum.
World Animation and Shorts 1
Features Primprapa Wungpichayasuk's Float, Mai Matsumura's Kapporopitta: Let's Have a Meal Together, Fan Shan-shun's Prasan Ke, Saskia Pauw's Pizza di Mario, Irina Boiko's The Thief, Chloe Miller's Poteline and Arjan Wilschut's Hard Boiled Chicken. With Chinese and English subtitles and Cantonese introduction. Aug 11, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
World Animation and Shorts 2
Features Thomas Wagner, Victor-Emmanuel Moulin and Aurelie Frechinos' Clik Clak, Georges Le Piouffle's Le Manie-Tout, Suporn Decharin's Little Garuda, Ruth Meyer's If the Shoe Fits, Kongsub Chartnaseau's Post-It,
To Sze-wing and Sze Siu-ling's Cotton and Kim Jun-ki's Light House Keeper. With Chinese and English subtitles and Cantonese introduction. Aug 11, 4pm, HK Film Archive.
An extension of the HK International Film Festival with 38 features and animations, including the following nine. Today-Sep 2, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; UA Langham Place, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST; Agnes b. Cinema, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai. HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2970 3300
The Loyal 47 Ronin
Lord Asano (Yoshizaburo Arashi) is forced to commit suicide after not accepting a bribe from the shogun. His samurais seek revenge. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Part One: Sat, 7pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 19, 7pm, Agnes b. Cinema; Part Two: Sat, 9.15pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 19, 9.15pm, Agnes b. Cinema.
Comedian Matsumoto Hitoshi directs this mockumentary and stars as a giant who defends Japan from monstrous invaders. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 5, 6.15pm, HK Science Museum; Aug 15, 9.30pm, Agnes b. Cinema.
Olivier Assayas' thriller stars Asia Argento as a former prostitute, whose lover (Carl Ng Ka-lung) is manipulated into trying to kill her old flame (Michael Madsen) by his ex-wife. Also stars Kim Gordon. In English with English subtitles. Aug 5, 8.30pm, HK Science Museum; Aug 13, 7.30pm, UA Langham Place.
The Pavillion 'Salamandre'
Comedy about an X-ray technician's (Joe Odagiri) investigation of a 150-year-old salamander, which is protected by the girl (Yu Kashii) he falls for. Directed by Masanori Tominaga. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 6, 7.30pm, Aug 30, 7.30pm, UA Langham Place.
The Ball at the Anjo House
The Anjo family holds their last ball in their mansion after Japan's defeat in the second world war. Stars Setsuko Hara. Directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 7, 7.30pm, Agnes b. Cinema; Aug 26, 9.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Most Beautiful Day of My Life
Setsuko (Yoshiko Yamaguchi) discovers her father was assassinated in the second world war by her lover (Masayuki Mori). Directed by Kozaburo Yoshimura. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 7, 9.15pm, Agnes b. Cinema; Aug 17, 7.30pm, UA Langham Place.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Makoto Shinkai's animation centres around three high school friends who promise to unravel the mystery of a tower in Hokkaido. But one of them falls into a coma before the journey starts. In Japanese with Chinese subtitles. Aug 8, 7.30pm, Aug 19, 3.15pm, HK Science Museum.
Andre Techine's story of sexual freedom in Paris in 1984 focusing on an affair between a married policeman (Sami Bouajila) and a newly-arrived young man (Johan Libereau). In French with English subtitles. Aug 8, 7.30pm, Agnes b. Cinema; Aug 12, 4pm, UA Langham Place.
Christophe Honore directs a musical about a Parisian love triangle. Stars Louis Garrel and Ludivine Sagnier. In French with English subtitles. Aug 8, 9.45pm, Agnes b. Cinema; Aug 25, 4pm, Aug 28, 7.30pm, UA Langham Place.
Gandhi, My Father
Feroze Khan's film depicts the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi (Darshan Jariwala) and his son Harilal Gandhi (Akshaye Khanna). In Hindi with English subtitles. Sat, 9.05pm, Aug 5, 5.05pm, Chinachem, 77 Mody Rd, TST, HK$80-HK$150 Inquiries: 2739 2832
Frank Miller turns his comic series into four interweaving stories of crime and corruption. Stars Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba. In English with Chinese subtitles. Aug 5, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$40. Inquiries: 2388 0002