Reviews by Paul Fonoroff and Clarence Tsui
Julie & Julia (IIA)
See review this page.
Love at Seventh Sight (I) (Putonghua)
See review this page.
Ninja Assassin (III)
Korean pop singer Rain stars as Raizo, an assassin out to avenge the murder of his friend. Also stars Sung Kang and Naomie Harris. James McTeigue directs. Not reviewed.
Sorority Row (IIB)
A remake of 1982's House on Sorority Row. One year after five sorority sisters hide the evidence of a fatal prank, they are killed off by a hooded figure. Starring Rumer Willis, Leah Pipes and Briana Evigan. Stewart Hendler directs. Not reviewed.
Hear Me (IIA) (Putonghua)
A delivery boy falls in love with the sister of a mute swimmer, threatening their relationship. Stars Ivy Chen Yi-han, Michelle Chen Yan-xi and Eddie Peng Yu-yen. Zheng Fen-fen directs. Not reviewed.
20th Century Boys III (IIB) (Japanese)
The final instalment of the sci-fi manga adaptation reveals the identity of Friend, the leader of the prophesised revolution. Stars Karasawa Toshiaki and Takako Matsu. Yukihiko Tsutsumi directs. Not reviewed.
A Christmas Carol (IIA)
Disney gives the comic and 3D animation treatment to Charles Dickens' story of a miserly old man, Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future.Voiced by Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. Robert Zemeckis directs. CT
To Live and Die in Mong Kok (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua)
After returning to Mong Kok, a schizophrenic ex-con begins to feel imprisoned by his surroundings. Starring Nick Cheung Ka-fai. Wong Jing directs. PF
Law Abiding Citizen (IIB)
An upstanding citizen turns into a bloodthirsty sociopath after watching the man who killed his wife and daughter walk free. Stars Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. F. Gary Gray directs. CT
Michael Jackson's This Is It (IIA)
Documentary showing footage of the performer as he prepared for his concerts in London. CT
Mother (III) (Korean)
When an intellectually disabled young man is arrested for murder, his mother becomes obsessed with proving his innocence. Stars Won Bin and Kim Hye-ja. Bong Joon-ho directs. CT
My Girlfriend is an Agent (IIB) (Korean)
A secret agent posing as a cleaning lady runs into her ex-boyfriend, a secret agent posing as an accountant. Starring Kim Ha-neul and Kang Ji-hwan. Shin Tae-ra directs. CT
North Face (IIA)(German, French and Italian)
Set in 1936, mountaineers race to the peak of the dangerous north face of the Eiger. Starring Benno Fuermann. Philipp Stolzl directs. CT
Two astronauts awaken on what appears to be an abandoned spacecraft, but soon realise they are not alone. Stars Dennis Quaid. Not reviewed.
Saw VI (IIB)
Following in the footsteps of the Jigsaw Killer, an FBI agent creates fatal situations that test people's will to live. Kevin Greutert directs. CT
Thirst (III) (Korean)
A priest-turned-vampire starts an affair with his friend's wife. Starring Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-vin. Park Chan-wook directs. CT
John Cusack plays a father trying to save his family from an apocalyptic prophecy, which is expected to fall in 2012. Roland Emmerich directs. CT
HK Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The HK Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Society presents gay feature films from around the world and two short film programmes, including the following 14 films. Until Dec 15. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; Palace IFC, Podium L1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75; and AMC Festival Walk, Level U/G, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, HK$65, HK$120 (closing gala) bc.cinema.com.hk (Broadway Cinematheque and Palace IFC) and www.amccinemas.com.hk (AMC Festival Walk). Inquiries: 2311 8081
Nancy Kissam's comedy about a housewife (Laura Harring) whose life changes when a mysterious beauty (Jill Marie Jones) moves in next door. In English. Today, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Dec 1, 8pm, Palace IFC.
Kimberly Reed's documentary about her return home for a high school reunion as a transgender woman. In English. Today, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
To Die Like a Man
Joao Pedro Rodrigues' drama about a transsexual grand dame of the Lisbon drag scene who refuses to remove the last vestiges of his manhood. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 9.30pm, AMC Festival Walk.
Simon Pearce's drama about a tough British kid (Wayne Virgo) from the wrong side of the tracks who discovers a softer side to himself after he saves a French student (Marc Laurent) from being further beaten up by his gang. In English. Tomorrow, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
John Cameron Mitchell's drama about emotionally-challenged people whose lives converge at a weekly arts gathering. Contains very graphic sex scenes. In English with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Protect Me From What I Want + Boy
Double bill consisting of: Dominic Leclerc's short about a man looking for love who meets a man looking for sex (in English); and Auraeus Solito's drama about a student who falls for a country boy-turned-go go dancer (in Tagalog with English subtitles). Sat, 4.15pm, also Dec 15, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Fish Child
Lucia Puenzo's drama about the beautiful daughter of a high court judge who is murdered, and her domestic-helper lover. Stars Ines Efron. In Spanish with English subtitles. Graphic sex scenes. Sat, 5.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Scud's romantic drama about a gay man who falls into a bittersweet relationship with a straight man. Starring Sean Li Ka-hoe and Osman Hung Chi-kit. In Cantonese, Putonghua and English with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 6.50pm, Palace IFC.
Eyes Wide Open
Drama about a married, Orthodox Jewish father of four who falls in love with a 22-year-old male student. In Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles. Sat, 7.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Documentary about gay S&M sex worker turned Aids activist Richard Berkowitz. Daryl Wein directs. In English. Nov 29, 2.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Experimental video opera-documentary with a fictional plot about Gertrude Stein and Vigil Thomson writing a play in which Aids activists are portrayed as modern- day saints. In English. Nov 29, 4.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Walking on Water
Tony Ayres' dark comedy about what happens after two friends fail to help their friend die in a dignified manner. In English. Nov 29, 8.05pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
East Palace, West Palace
Zhang Yuan's drama about a gay writer (Si Han) held for questioning after a raid in a park and the interrogating officer (Hu Jun) whose feelings alternate between revulsion and fascination about hearing the young man's tale. Also stars Vicki Zhao Wei. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Nov 29, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
HK Asian Independent
Film Festival Feature and short films from Hong Kong and the region, including the following seven. Until Nov 29. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$60 www.thegrandcinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2196 8170
A Breath with Pina Bausch + Boran
Huseyin Karabey double-bill consisting of: a documentary about the late German dance choreographer during a tour of Istanbul; and a reality-based drama about four people killed because of their politics. In Turkish with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
All My Failed Attempts
Tan Chui Mui's seven shorts in various genres and with different themes. In English, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese and Putonghua with English subtitles. Sat, 2pm, The Grand Cinema.
My Marlon and Brando
Huseyin Karabey's drama about a Turkish actress (Ayca Damgaci, playing herself) who tries to reunite with her lover, a Kurdish actor from Iraq. In Turkish, Kurdish and English with English subtitles. Sat, 3.40pm, The Grand Cinema.
Zhong Chen's documentary focuses on a small rural town devastated by the Sichuan earthquake. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 5.45pm, The Grand Cinema.
Wang Li-bo's documentary about the buried histories of the Great Tangshan earthquake of 1976. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 29, 1.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Documentary revolving around a vagabond wandering among the ruins in post-quake Sichuan. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 29, 4pm, also 9pm, The Grand Cinema.
In the Shadow of Wars
The Goethe-Institut HK presents the German Film Forum programme of five German films of lives affected by war, including the following one. Tomorrow-Mar 19. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088
Drama about a woman who, years after the end of the Bosnian war, discovers her 'missing' daughter had been given up for adoption and now resides in Germany. In German with English subtitles. Tomorrow, 8pm, HK Film Archive.
The Alliance Francaise presents 38 French films, including the following five. Tomorrow-Dec 13. AMC Pacific Place, Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, HK$75 amccinemas.com.hk; Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 cinema.com.hk; HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, HK$50 Urbtix; HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$50 Urbtix; and Palace IFC, Podium L1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central HK$75 cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: www.frenchcinepanorama.com
Martin Provost's biographical drama about an art collector (Ulrich Tukur) who discovers that a rough cleaning lady (Yolande Moreau) is a talented artist. Sat, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Dec 5, 9.40pm, Palace IFC.
The French Kissers
Coming-of-age comedy revolving around a 14-year-old boy who struggles to cope with his libido, average physique and mediocre intellect. In French with English subtitles. Sat, 4pm, AMC Pacific Place, Dec 9, 8.05pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Dec 13, 7.50pm, Palace IFC.
Alaine Monne's adaptation of Eric Holder's L'Homme de Chevet about the love between a former boxing champion and a paralysed woman. Christopher Lambert and Sophie Marceau star. In French with English subtitles. Sat, 9.40pm, Palace IFC, Dec 9, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Mesrine Saga (Part I - Death Instinct)
Jean-Francois Richet's biographical thriller about the early career of a criminal who becomes known as Public Enemy Number One. In French, English, Arabic and Spanish with English subtitles. Nov 29, 9.40pm, AMC Pacific Place, Dec 4, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Drama about a Kurdish teenager who attempts to swim across the English Channel to reunite with his girlfriend who lives in England. In French, Kurdish and English with English subtitles. Nov 29, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Dec 4, 7.30pm, Palace IFC, Dec 12, 9.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Humble Beginning: Early Films of the Yuen Clan
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department and HK Film Archive present eight films featuring work by the students of Chinese opera veteran Yu Zhanyuan, including the following four. Until Nov 29. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Fist of Fury
Bruce Lee stars in the drama about a martial arts student who seeks revenge against the Japanese after he returns to Japanese-controlled 1930s Shanghai to find that his beloved teacher has been murdered. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Valiant Ones
King Hu's Ming dynasty-era martial arts drama about a righteous official and his men trying to find a way to thwart Japanese pirates plundering the coast of China. Starring Hsu Feng and Bai Ying. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
The Grateful Monkey
Supernatural costume musical about an imperial princess and a general who train a group of monkeys to form a monkey army. Starring Tang Bik-wan. In Cantonese. Nov 29, 3pm, HK Film Archive.
The Iron-Fisted Monk
Sammo Hung directs and stars in a kung fu film about a young man taken in and trained by Shaolin monks who seeks justice against evil Manchu officials. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 29, 7pm, HK Film Archive.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents 31 films by the French New Wave director, including the following five. Until Nov 29. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; and HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2900
Hail Mary + The Book of Mary
Double bill comprising: Jean-Luc Godard's retelling of the Virgin Mary story, with a taxi driver in the Joseph role and a petrol-station worker as Mary; and Anne Marie-Mieville's short film about a girl named Mary and her troubled parents. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Sat, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
First Name: Carmen
Musical-romance drama about a woman (Maruschka Detmers) who uses filmmaking as a cover to plan a bank heist. In French with English subtitles. Sat, 9.30pm, HK Science Museum.
JLG.JLG - Self-Portrait in December
Autobiographical portrait of Godard in his old age showing his work and the things that interest him. In French with English subtitles. Nov 29, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Chosen Moments of Historie(s) of Cinema
Documentary that looks back at 20th-century film history from the perspective of art, politics, film and television. In French with English subtitles. Nov 29, 9pm, HK Science Museum.