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Film

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 July, 2008, 12:00am
 

New Releases

WALL-E (I) (Cantonese and English version)

See review this page.

Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (III)

See review this page.

The X Files: I Want to Believe (IIB)

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their respective roles as special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in the second feature film based on the popular TV series The X-Files. Also stars Scottish comedian Billy Connolly. Chris Carter, creator of series, directs. Not reviewed.

Sketches of Frank Gehry

Directed by Sydney Pollack, the documentary charts the architect's process of turning abstract drawings into tangible three-dimensional models and then finished buildings of titanium and glass. CT

General Releases

The Dark Knight (IIB)

Christian Bale returns as Batman, who fights against a rising criminal mastermind, The Joker (Heath Ledger). Aaron Eckhart plays Harvey Dent and Maggie Gyllenhaal is the hero's sweetheart Rachel Dawes. Christopher Nolan directs. CT

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. PF

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.

Wanted (IIB)

An action film, loosely based on a comic book series, that 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

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. Part of the German Film Forum presented by the Goethe-Institut HK. Tomorrow, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088

International Children's Film Carnival

Films and shorts for children from around the world, including the following five features. 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

Little Soldier

A Chinese boy's grandmother is murdered by Japanese soldiers which motivates him to join the army. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 2, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum; Aug 9, 4.30pm, HK Film Archive.

A Unique Schooling

A 12-year-old rural girl struggles to earn her tuition fee during the summer holidays. Directed by Fang Gangliang. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 6.30pm, HK Space Museum; Aug 9, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 16, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.

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. Jul 27, 2.30pm, HK Space Museum; Aug 17, 4.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Desmond and the Swamp Barbarian Trap

Sweden's first stop-motion animated feature in which a little pig and his friends are haunted by a swamp monster. In Swedish with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 27, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive; Aug 1, 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 27, 4.30pm, HK Space Museum.

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 21 programmes. Tomorrow-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: tomorrow, 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: tomorrow, 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). Sat, 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.

Little Touching Lovely Stories

Featuring nine animation shorts from Asia and Europe, including Jack Shih's Fly out Blue and Park Ji-youn's The Things She Can't Avoid in the City. In various languages with English subtitles. Aug 3, 5.55pm (with a discussion session with local animators Hermann Ho and Flora Leung).

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.

Fantastic Parasuicides

Three stories by Park Soo-young, Cho Chang-ho and Kim Sung-ho capturing the surreal moments before their protagonists kill themselves in the movies. In Korean with English subtitles. Aug 5, 7.50pm.

Love the Same. Love You Just the Same

Featuring three lesbian and gay love stories: Yuzuru Ikushima and Koichi Imaizumi's Positive Voice, Miguel Muzquiz's Bridge and Iri's Until the Moon Waxes. In Japanese and Spanish with English subtitles. Aug 5, 9.40pm.

Love You Forever and Ever

Five love stories from Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Sweden: Kriangkrai Vachiratamporn's Tua-Ruk-Plick-Lock, Amanda Adolfsson's Spending the Night, Cho Hyoung-chan's Turn, Turn, Turn, Mun Che-yong's Twins and Josh Yeh's Temptation. In various languages with English subtitles. Aug 6, 9.40pm.

Alone in a Journey

Five shorts about travel experience from China, Singapore, Sweden and the Netherlands, including Yani's Rafas Rules and Anthony Chen's G-23. In various languages with English subtitles. Aug 7, 7.40pm.

Too Beautiful to Last

Featuring two Japanese low-budget softcore gay porn movies: Looking for an Angel directed by Akihiro Suzuki and Like You, I Like You Very Much by Hiroyuki Oki. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 7, 9.30pm (with a discussion session with Suzuki).

Eric Rohmer's Short Love Stories

Four shorts about human relationships directed by the French new wave filmmaker: Nadja in Paris, Charlotte and her Steak, The Girl at the Monceau Bakery and Suzanne's Career. In French with English subtitles. Aug 9, 7.30pm (with a seminar conducted in Cantonese by film critic Shu Kei).

World Amazing Animations

Nine animation shorts of different styles from Thailand, South Korean, Singapore, Denmark and Sweden, including Kim Jin-man's Soeyoun - the Substance of Earth and Niels Bisbo's The Girl through the Telescope. In Korean, Danish and Swedish with English subtitles. Aug 10, 6pm (with a discussion session with Singaporean animator Lincoln Chia).

Perseverance of Love

Six shorts from Asia, Europe and South America on the titled theme, including Michael Tay's Wet Seasons and Patrik Eklund's Situation Frank. In various languages with English subtitles. Aug 12, 7.40pm (with a discussion session with Tay).

Unusual Stories by Two Amazing Directors

Park Chan-wook and Ning Hao reflect social absurdities in their short films Judgement (in Korean with English subtitles) and Thursday, Wednesday (in Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles). Aug 12, 9.50pm.

Bend It Like Beckham

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

Kika

Pedro Almodovar's 1993 black comedy centres on a make-up artist (Veronica Forque) and her sexual relationship with an American writer and his stepson. Also stars Peter Coyote and Victoria Abril. In Spanish with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 3, 12.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$45. Inquiries: 2388 0002

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

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