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Film

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 July, 2008, 12:00am

New Releases

The Dark Knight (IIB)

See review this page.

The Way We Are (I) (Cantonese)

See review this page.

Space Chimps (I) (Cantonese)

An animated comedy about a group of chimps trying to save the peaceful inhabitants of a distant planet from an evil dictator. Kirk De Micco directs. Not reviewed.

General Releases

Ensemble, C'est Tout (IIA) (French)

Audrey Tautou plays an artist-cum-cleaning lady who moves into the flat of a rich history buff after she comes down with the flu. Claude Berri directs. CT

Hancock (IIA)

A comedy directed by Peter Berg and starring Will Smith as an alcoholic superhero who is homeless and suicidal. Also stars Jason Bateman as a PR executive who helps to rehabilitate the hero. CT

I Served the King of England (IIB) (Czech and German)

A Czech black comedy film about a young provincial waiter who wants to become a millionaire. Jiri Menzel, the filmmaker of Closely Watched Trains, directs. CT

Keroro the Movie 3 (I) (Cantonese)

The frog-like alien Sergeant Keroro and his gang offer more of their silly but irresistible humour in Keroro 3, in which they battle against the evil version of their kind. Mine Yoshizaki directs. CT

Kung Fu Panda (I) (Chinese and English version)

An animated action comedy about an overweight panda (voiced by Jack Black) who is groomed by a red panda (Dustin Hoffman) to become a kung fu warrior to fight against the evil snow leopard (Ian McShane). Mark Osborne and John Stevenson direct. CT

Red Cliff (IIB) (Putonghua)

John Woo Yu-sum returns with his first Chinese-language production in 16 years, starring Tony Leung as Zhou Yu and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang in a movie based on the Battle of Red Cliff - a legendary clash during the Three Kingdoms era. Also stars Zhang Fengyi as the warlord Cao Cao. PF

Wanted (IIB)

Stars James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie as members of a fraternity of assassins who follow death orders from the mysterious Loom of Fate which can read individuals' destinies. Timur Bekmambetov directs. CT

Art House

Master of Provocation: Michael Haneke

Broadway Cinematheque presents selections of the director's film and TV work exploring victimisation and violence, including the following six features. Today-Jul 20, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; Palace IFC, IFC Mall, Central, HK$75. Inquiries: 2388 0002.

The Castle

A land surveyor (Ulrich Muhe) is called to a castle to work for the court but finds that nobody is expecting him. The harder he tries to approach the castle, the farther he moves away from his goals. In German with English subtitles. Today, 7.40pm, Palace IFC.

Code Unknown

Twenty-seven scenes from the perspectives of an actress, an African immigrant, and a war reporter from Bosnia, studying immigration problems facing Europe. Stars Juliette Binoche. In French with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 9.40pm, Palace IFC.

Lemmings, Part 1: Arcades

Haneke centres this film on high school students of the 1950s, and the sexual repression, moral restrictions and familial distance they face. In German with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 7.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Lemmings, Part 2: Injuries

Part Two depicts the high school kids having grown up into dysfunctional adults, unsuccessfully trying to combat their depression with prayer, drugs, adultery and television. In German with English subtitles. Sat, 3.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Who Was Edgar Allan?

Adapted from Peter Rosei's novel, Haneke's 1984 television movie chronicles an art history student's (Paulus Manker) descent into drugs and his attempt to contact a man who knows of a drug deal. In German with English subtitles. Sat, 2.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Hidden

A couple receives videotapes of their home from an anonymous stalker, and the husband suspects his neighbour, with whom he shares a disturbing past. Stars Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche. In French with English and Chinese subtitles. Jul 20, 7.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Care for Our Community

HK Film Archive selects 16 films that explore Hong Kong's culture and social development, including the following two features. Today-Sat, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

See You on the Other Side

Two delinquent girls, once high school buddies with vastly different personalities, run into each other in prison. In Cantonese with Chinese subtitles. Directed by Rachel Zen. Stars Prudence Liew and Andy Lau Tak-Wah. Tomorrow, 7pm (screened with The Diviner).

The Diviner

Lawrence Ah Mon's 1983 film centres on the poor, marginalised inhabitants of Temple Street and their problems. Stars Kam Kwok-wai and Ling Hon. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 7pm.

International Children's Film Carnival

Films and shorts for children from around the world, including the following three. Today-Aug 17, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST; HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$44 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Where is Winky's Horse?

Mischa Kamp's drama about a Chinese girl (Ebbie Tam) living in the Netherlands, who is desperate to find Santa Claus' horse before Christmas. In Dutch with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive; Jul 27, 2.30pm, HK Space Museum; Aug 17, 4.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Piano Forest

Masayuki Kojima's animated film follows a fifth grader who discovers a mysterious piano in a forest and befriends a strange boy there. In Japanese with English subtitles (with Chinese and English subtitles on Aug 9) and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 20, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 3, Aug 9, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.

Bonkers

Martin Koolhoven's comedy drama about the relationship between a bi-polar single mother and her nine-year-old daughter who is obsessed with elephants. Dubbed in Cantonese. Jul 20, 6.30pm, Jul 27, 4.30pm, HK Space Museum.

Marathon

Based on a true story of an autistic boy who competes in marathons. Jeong Yoon-chul directs. Stars Cho Seung-woo and Kim Mi-suk. In Korean with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 20, 12.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$45. Inquiries: 2388 0002

Vacation (Ferien)

Thomas Arslan's drama follows the tragedy of a family in rural Germany, including a dying grandmother, a lonely mother, a soon-to-be divorced daughter, and a son in an embittered relationship. In German with English subtitles. Jul 25, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088

Bend It Like Beckham

Comedy about a girl whose passion for soccer conflicts with her parents' hopes. Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley star. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jul 27, 12.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$45. Inquiries: 2388 0002

InDPanda International Short Film Festival

Film and video organisation InD Blue showcases independent short films of different genres from around the world; including the following 11 programmes. Jul 25-Aug 13, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55. Inquiries: 2572 7202 or indpanda.com

Best of Oscar 2008

Two opening programmes with seven winning and nominated shorts from this year's Academy Awards. Programme one includes Josh Raskin's I Met the Walrus, Christian E. Christiansen's At Night, Samuel Tourneux's Even Pigeons Go to Heaven and Philippe Pollet-Villard's The Mozart of Pickpockets: Jul 25, 7.30pm; Aug 9, 9.50pm. Programme two includes Daniel Barber's The Tonto Woman, Andrea Jublin's The Substitute and Cynthia Wade's Freeheld: Jul 25, 9.30pm; Aug 10, 7.50pm. In various languages with English subtitles (without subtitles for those in English).

To All the Boys in Love

Eight videos about love and self-discovery, as experienced by the male protagonists in Josh Kim's The Police Box, Mark Robinson's Everything We Are, Esmir Filho's Something Like That, Martin Busker's HerzHaft and more. In various languages with English subtitles (without subtitles for those in English). Jul 26, 7.50pm.

If You Were Me

Featuring six 2D and 3D animation shorts of different styles from Korea. In Korean with English subtitles. Jul 27, 7.40pm (with a seminar conducted in Cantonese by animator Neco Lo Che-ying).

The Unexpected Love

Five videos from Asia and Europe tackling the titled theme, including Jenifer Malmqvist's At the End of the Street, Ric Aw's Silent Girls, Marius Dybwad Brandrud's Alva, Hou Chi-jan's Shopping Cart Boy and Yoon Sung-hyun's Boys. In various languages with English subtitles. Jul 30, 7.40pm.

Lucky 7

Each of the seven participating Singaporean filmmakers contributes a 10-12 minute segment to a multi-genre feature film that stars the same actor throughout. The directors are Sun Koh, K Rajagopal, Boo Jun Feng, Brian Gothong Tan, Chew Tze Chuan, Ho Tzu Nyen and Tania Sng. In various languages with English subtitles. Jul 31, 7.50pm (with a discussion session with Boo).

Better Together

Featuring Edward Gunawan's Laundromat, David Maurice Gil's Just, Hyoe Yamamoto's When I Become Silent, Claudio Sodi Zapata's Always Together, So Joon-moon's Auld Lang Syne and Julian Hernandez's Bramadero, about lesbian and gay relationships. In various languages with English subtitles (without subtitles for those in English). Jul 31, 9.45pm.

Best of HKAPA 2008

Two programmes featuring eight shorts by students from the School of Film and Television of the HK Academy for Performing Arts. In Cantonese (some with Chinese and English subtitles). Programme one: Aug 6, 7.40pm; programme two: Aug 1, 7.40pm.

Focus on New Talent

Featuring six videos by up-and-coming Singaporean director Boo Jun Feng, including Katong Fugue, Keluar Baris (Homecoming), and his award-winning debut A Family Portrait. In various languages with English subtitles (without subtitles for those in English). Aug 1, 9.40pm (with a discussion session with the director).

Love Letters to Paris

Features six shorts by French film director Agnes Varda: The So-called Caryatids, The Volatile Lion, Opera-Mouffe, You've Got Beautiful Stairs, You Know..., Elsa the Rose and The MacDonald Bridge Fiances. In French with English subtitles. Aug 2, 8pm (screened with Varda's commentaries).

Best Shorts of Berlin International Film Festival 2008

The closing programme features nine winning shorts of different genres from the competition, such as Darren Thornton's Frankie, Daniel Ribeiro's You, Me and Him, Warwick Thornton's Nana and Siddharth Sinha's (Un)Ravel. In various languages with English subtitles. Aug 2, Aug 13, 9.40pm.

Seven Steps to Surprise

The closing programme features seven shorts from around the world, including Paddy Considine's Dog Altogether, Luis Cook's animation The Pearce Sisters, and Park Jae-ok's surreal story Stop. In various languages with English subtitles (without subtitles for those in English). Aug 3, 7.45pm; Aug 13, 7.30pm.

Greece: Secrets of the Past

A journey to the Greece of 2,500 years ago. In Cantonese (English shows on Sat-Sun, 8.30pm). Daily, 1.30pm, 5pm, 8.30pm, closed Tue, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Jul 31

Roar: Lions of the Kalahari

The documentary uncovers the life and behaviour of lions in the African desert. In Cantonese (English shows on Mon and Thu, 7.20pm). Daily, 3.50pm, 7.20pm (Sat, Sun and public holidays also at 12.20pm), closed Tue, HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Sept 29

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