Reviews by Kevin Kwong and Clarence Tsui
Hi, Fidelity (IIB) (Cantonese)
See review on this page.
Another Year (IIB)
See review on next page.
1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife (I) (Japanese)
Romantic tear-jerker adaptation of Taku Mayumura's book about a science-fiction writer who comes to believe that he can keep his cancer-stricken wife alive if he writes a story each day for her. Not reviewed.
Morning Glory (IIA)
Dramedy about an upstart television producer (Rachel McAdams) who accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning TV news show with warring co-hosts (Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton). CT
Never Let Me Go (IIB)
Mark Romanek's adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's dramatic novel about three ex-pupils of a seemingly idyllic English boarding school who learn that a devastating fate awaits them. Starring Keira Knightley. Not reviewed. CT
Road to Dawn (IIA) (Mandarin)
Historical drama about Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary experience in Penang, Malaysia. Starring Winston Chao Wen-hsuan and Lee Sin Jie. Not reviewed.
SP: The Motion Picture I (IIA) (Japanese)
Junichi Okada stars in a movie version of the TV action-drama about the exploits of a team of police bodyguards. Not reviewed.
The Tempest (IIB)
Helen Mirren stars in Julie Taymor's reimagination of William Shakespeare's fantastical thriller in which the main character is now a female magician who, after being sent into exile by her brother, embarks on a journey of vengeance and self-discovery. Not reviewed.
Wind Blast (IIB) (Putonghua)
Action drama set in a remote desert area revolving around a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between four detectives and two hired killers in search of a murderer and his girlfriend. Not reviewed.
The Adjustment Bureau (IIA)
Matt Damon stars in a romantic drama dressed up as a political sci-fi thriller about a young congressman whose attempts to connect with a ballerina are hampered by mysterious forces. Also starring Emily Blunt. CT
Black Swan (IIB)
Natalie Portman stars in Darren Aronofsky's thriller about a ballerina who wins the lead part in Swan Lake but slowly loses her mind as she tries to capture the essence of the ballet's twin roles. CT
Carmen in 3-D (IIA) (French)
Stereoscopic film adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera about a beautiful gypsy with a fiery temper, the inexperienced soldier who falls for her and the bullfighter she lusts after. KK
Hanamizuki (I) (Japanese)
Singer-actress Yui Aragaki stars in a romantic drama about a studious Japanese schoolgirl who falls for a man who loves the sea. Not reviewed.
I Am Number Four (IIA)
D.J. Caruso's sci-fi suspense-thriller centring on a teenage alien (Alex Pettyfer) who masks his true identity and pretends to be a typical human student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to kill him. CT
The King's Speech (IIB)
Historical drama about King George VI of Britain and the speech therapist who helped the monarch overcome a debilitating speech impediment on the eve of the second world war. Starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter. CT
Last Night (IIA)
Romantic drama about a married couple who spend a night apart when the husband takes a business trip with a colleague he's attracted to. Starring Kiera Knightley. CT
Men Suddenly in Love (IIB) (Cantonese)
Wong Jing's comedy about five men with marital problems, who meet up to ogle and chase young women. CT
Monsters (IIA) (English and Spanish)
Sci-fi thriller set six years after earth is invaded by aliens and revolving around a photojournalist's bid to escort his boss' daughter through the alien-infested zone in Mexico across the US border to safety. CT
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (IIA) (Thai)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's whimsical drama about a dying man who spends his last days in the countryside surrounded by his loved ones. CT
Suspense actioner about a doctor (Liam Neeson) who goes on the run after awakening from a car accident to discover that his wife claims to not know him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. CT
World Invasion (IIA)
Sci-fi actioner in which a US Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon battle against alien attackers in Los Angeles. CT
HK International Film Festival
The HK International Film Festival Society presents 335 films from 56 territories, including the following 62 films. Part I: Until Apr 5; part II: Apr 8-May 1. City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central; Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon; UA Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing; UA iSquare, 7/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, TST; UA Langham Place, 8/F-11/F Langham Place, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok; and UA Times Square, G/F-2/F Times Square, 1 Matheson St, Causeway Bay. HK$30-HK$100 HK Ticketing and Urbtix. Inquiries: hkiff.org
Frederick Wiseman's documentary captures the beauty and elegance of boxers in a no-frills Texas gym. In English. Mar 24, 5.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Sylvain Chomet's animated film chronicling the bittersweet relationship between a down-on-his-luck conjurer and the naive young lass who believes in him. In English, French and Gaelic and English subtitles. Mar 24, 5.30pm, UA Times Square, Mar 29, 7.15pm, Mar 31, 9.50pm, Cultural Centre.
Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of playwright Wajdi Mouawad's drama about twins who journey to the Middle East in search of their roots. In French and Arabic with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 24, 7.15pm, Convention and Exhibition Centre.
When Love Comes
Drama chronicling the turmoil within a polygamous Taiwanese family. In Mandarin and Fujianese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 24, 7.15pm, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Apr 5, 9pm, City Hall.
The Radish and the Carrot
Minuro Shibuya's comedy about an ageing, well-to-do patriarch with four daughters, a worthless brother and a friend who inexplicably becomes hostile. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 24, 7.30pm, UA iSquare, Apr 10, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Anpo: Art X War
Japanese-born American Linda Hoaglund's historical documentary about the 1960 US-Japan Mutual Security Treaty that continued the US' military presence in Japan. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 24, 7.50pm, Mar 27, 7.50pm, UA Cityplaza.
Congolese crime drama about a fugitive playboy who sets his sights on an seemingly unattainable goal. In French and Lingala with English subtitles. Mar 24, 9.40pm, UA Langham Place.
Crime thriller about a new father and his recently discharged soldier friend whose lives are threatened by a gang they previously were members of. In Polish with English subtitles. Mar 24, 9.45pm, The Grand Cinema.
Shunji Iwai's horror drama about a biology teacher who convinces suicidal women that he's helping them by draining their blood. In English with Chinese subtitles. Mar 24, 9.45pm, Convention and Exhibition Centre.
How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?
Documentary tracing the rise of British architect Norman Foster. In English. Mar 24, 10.10pm, UA Cityplaza.
Drama showing how petty squabbles amongst school friends can descend into life and death consequences. In Korean with English subtitles. Mar 25, 5.30pm, UA Cityplaza, Mar 30, 7.15pm, HK Arts Centre.
Diego and Daniel Vega's dramatic tale of redemption centring on a middle-aged moneylender who finds a baby deposited in his apartment one day. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 25, 5.45pm, UA Times Square, Mar 29, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place.
Drama comprising nine interlocking tales of people whose lives have been touched in some way by murder. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 25, 7.15pm, The Grand Cinema, Apr 2, 12.30pm, City Hall.
The Four Times
Philosophical drama following a frail old shepherd as he performs his daily chores. In Italian with English subtitles. Mar 25, 7.15pm, UA Langham Place, Mar 29, 9.30pm, City Hall.
When Hainan Meets Teochew
Gender-bending romantic comedy revolving around a girly Teochew man and boyish Hainanese woman. In English, Mandarin, Teochew, Hainanese and Tamil with English subtitles. Mar 25, 7.15pm, Space Museum, Mar 27, 12.45pm, Science Museum.
Drama centring on a man who returns to his South Herzegovina homeland from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life. In English and Bosnian with English subtitles. Mar 25, 7.30pm, UA Times Square, Mar 28, 9.45pm, UA Langham Place.
Comedy amalgamation of live-action and motion-photo cutouts in which a middle-aged man's dream of a young woman becomes an obsession that leads him through Jungian and Freudian psychoanalyses of his past traumas. In Czech with English subtitles. Mar 25, 7.30pm, UA iSquare, Mar 29, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema, Apr 3, 3pm, City Hall.
Drama about an over-protective single father who works two jobs to support his home-schooled daughter and enjoys the sport of curling. In French with English subtitles. Mar 25, 9.45pm, UA Times Square, Mar 27, 10.30am, UA iSquare.
Quattro Hong Kong 2
Anthology of four short films set in Hong Kong comprising: Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's Purple, Malaysian director Ho Yu Hang's Open Verdict, Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul's M Hotel and local filmmaker Stanley Kwan Kam-pang's 13 Minutes in the Lives of ... In Cantonese and English with English subtitles. Mar 25, 10.10pm, UA Cityplaza.
Anita Mui Yim-fong stars in a Lunar New Year comedy revolving around a love triangle involving a warrior, an emperor and an enchantress. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Mar 26, 1.30pm, Space Museum.
Little Ghostly Adventures of the Tofu Boy
Stereoscopic animation feature about the gentle but courageous son of the king of the goblins who tries to foil a heinous plot by a villain intent on becoming ruler of the world. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 26, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Xu Tong's documentary filters China's modern history through the life of an 80-year-old Heilongjian man and his scattered family. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 26, 6pm, Science Museum, Mar 30, 7.30pm, Space Museum.
Drama about a recently retired sea captain (Wang Xueqi) who returns home to be told that his son has been gunned down by the police. In Sichuanese and Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 26, 7.15pm, UA Times Square, Apr 5, 3pm, City Hall.
The Turin Horse
Bela Tarr's fictionalised account of what happened to the horse after the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche saw it being whipped while travelling in Turin, Italy. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Mar 26, 7.15pm, UA Langham Place, Apr 5, 5.45pm, Cultural Centre.
Drama set amidst Chile's 1973 coup revolving around an autopsy transcriber who falls for a burlesque dancer. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 26, 7.30pm, UA Cityplaza, Mar 30, 5.45pm, The Grand Cinema.
Kihachiro Kawamoto's animated adaption of the 17th-century Japanese poet Basho's 36-stanza renga poem. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 26, 7.45pm, Space Museum, Apr 17, HK Arts Centre.
Sivaroj Kongsakul's metaphysical love story told through three stages of one man's life. In Thai with English subtitles. Mar 26, 8pm, The Grand Cinema.
One Nation, Two Cities
Cheung King-wai's documentary centring on a Fujianese woman who has been unsuccessfully fighting for her right of abode in Hong Kong for the last 30 years even though all of her family members have long been Hong Kong citizens. In Cantonese, Putonghua and Fujianese with English subtitles. Mar 26, 9pm, Mar 29, 7.20pm, Science Museum.
Aleksei Fedorchenko's drama centring on a widower who enlists another man's help to go on a journey to cremate the corpse of his beloved wife on a riverbank where they spent their honeymoon. In Russian with English subtitles. Mar 26, 10.15pm, UA Langham Place.
I Saw the Devil
Revenge horror about a secret agent (Lee Byung-hun) who blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge after his pregnant wife becomes a serial killer's latest victim. In Korean with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 26, 11.45pm, UA Langham Place, Mar 29, 9.15pm, Cultural Centre.
A Screaming Man
Drama centring on an ex-champion swimmer who faces the reality of losing his job as a hotel pool attendant to his son in the midst of a civil war in Chad. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Mar 27, 12.30pm, UA iSquare, Apr 5, 6pm, UA Langham Place.
Tears of Gaza
Vibeke Lokkeberg's documentary examining the effects of the 2008-2009 Israeli bombing of Gaza mainly through the eyes of Palestinian children. In Arabic with English subtitles. Mar 27, 3.15pm, UA Cityplaza, Mar 30, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Wim Wenders' 3-D dance documentary about the late German choreographer Pina Bausch and her work. No dialogue. Mar 27, 4pm, Mar 29, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Thriller centring on a teenager who moves in with his estranged grandmother after his mother's death, not realising he has moved into a den of sociopathic criminals. In English with Chinese subtitles. Mar 27, 5pm, UA iSquare, Mar 30, 7.15pm, City Hall.
Hong Sang-soo's comedy revolving around a young female, a young filmmaker and their professor. In Korean with English subtitles. Mar 27, 5pm, UA Times Square, Mar 30, 7.15pm, UA Langham Place.
A Useful Life
Film about a man adjusting to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down. Mar 27, 5.30pm, UA Cityplaza (see Don't miss, pg 10).
Abdellatif Kechiche's drama based on the true story of Saartjes Baartman, a black servant who, in 1808, left southern Africa for Europe, where she was displayed as a freak show attraction. In French, Afrikaans and English with English subtitles. Mar 27, 6pm, The Grand Cinema.
Tuesday, After Christmas
Romantic drama about a man who loves two women: his wife, and his daughter's mother. In Romanian with English subtitles. Mar 27, 7pm, UA Times Square, Apr 4, 7.15pm, UA Langham Place.
Good Morning to the World!!
Coming-of-age drama centring on an awkward teenager whose road to self-discovery's catalyst is the death of a homeless man whose only belongings - and clues to his identity - lie in a bag the teenager picks up. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 27, 7.15pm, HK Arts Centre, Mar 30, 2.30pm, Science Museum.
Position Among the Stars
Concluding film to Leonard Retel Helmrich's 12-year documentary trilogy about an Indonesian family chronicling societal changes and the influence of globalisation. In Indonesian with English subtitles. Mar 27, 7.15pm, Apr 3, 1.30pm, Space Museum.
The Book of the Dead
Kihachiro Kawamoto' stop-motion puppet animation film centring on a scholarly female who is as easily distracted by a ghostly pseudo-lover as she is devoted to Buddhism. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 27, 9.15pm, UA Langham Place, Apr 17, 5pm, HK Arts Centre.
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
Pseudo-documentary that attempts to reconstruct the life of the Romanian ex-president as he himself might have seen it. In Romanian with English subtitles. Mar 28, 2.15pm, UA iSquare, Apr 5, 2.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Ricardo Darin stars in a romance-infused crime drama/thriller about a scheming lawyer who preys on accident victims and the tense relationship he has with an ambulance duty doctor working night shifts. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 28, 5.30pm, UA Times Square.
Drama about a young woman with a form of Apserger's syndrome. In Greek with English subtitles. Mar 28, 5.45pm, UA iSquare, Apr 2, 9pm, City Hall.
The final film in Semih Kaplanoglu's reverse-order dramatic trilogy centring on a protagonist depicted here as a six-year-old son of a beekeeping father. In Turkish with English subtitles. Mar 28, 7.15pm, The Grand Cinema.
Documentary about how the financial institutions on Wall Street deliberately defrauded ordinary investors by betting against their own customers, leading to the 2008 financial crisis. In English with Chinese subtitles. Mar 28, 7.15pm, Cultural Centre.
Shunji Iwai's romantic drama about a love letter that connects two women after a tragic death. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 28, 7.45pm, UA Times Square.
Superhero action-comedy revolving around a transvestite hairstylist who is prophesied to become a champion of homosexuals. In Indonesian with English subtitles. Mar 28, 9.30pm, City Hall, Apr 2, 11.45pm, UA Langham Place.
The Day When the Sun Was Lost
Documentary looking at an old Japanese neighbourhood slated for demolition and the elderly residents still living there. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 28, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre, Apr 5, 5.45pm, Space Museum.
Gothic noir centring on a young Ozark Mountains woman intent on hunting down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep the rest of her family intact. In Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 28, 9.45pm, Cultural Centre.
Janus Metz's war documentary follows a group of Danish soldiers stationed near the frontline in Helmand, Afghanistan. In Danish with English subtitles. Mar 28, 10pm, UA Times Square.
How I Ended This Summer
Drama in which a seasoned meteorologist and a recent college graduate based at a polar station have to battle for survival against other humans as well as the forbidding environment. In Russian with English subtitles. Mar 29, 2.30pm, UA iSquare, Apr 1, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
Programme of 12 short films about 12 outstanding Chinese people, all aged under 40. Jia Zhangke, Wei Tie, Chen Tao, Song Fang, Chen Ziheng, Wang Zizhao and Tan Chui Mui direct. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 29, 5.30pm, Science Museum.
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Florin Serban's drama about a model inmate in a juvenile detention centre who embarks on a path of no return. In Romanian with English subtitles. Mar 29, 7.30pm, UA Times Square, Apr 4, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place.
Drama revolving around three young adults who rent rooms from a retired Peking Opera singer with whom they form a bond. Starring Sylvia Chang Ai-chia. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 30, 7pm, Cultural Centre, Apr 3, 5.15pm, UA Langham Place.
Buenos Aires Zero Degree
Documentary chronicling the four-month-long shoot in Argentina of Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together. In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles. Mar 30, 6pm, Science Museum.
The Mummy: The Night of Counting the Years
Chadi Abdel Salam's drama based on a real-life 19th-century discovery of over 40 mummies. In Arabic with English subtitles. Mar 30, 7.30pm, Science Museum.
Thriller centring on an Afghan tribal soldier captured by US forces, who is later tortured and transported to Eastern Europe where he escapes and seeks to survive in the snow-covered landscape. In English, Polish and Arabic with English subtitles. Mar 30, 7.45pm, The Grand Cinema, Apr 2, 7.50pm, Cultural Centre.
Errol Morris' documentary on a former beauty pageant queen charged with kidnapping a Mormon missionary. In English with Chinese subtitles. Mar 30, 7.45pm, UA Times Square, Apr 5, 12.30pm, Cultural Centre.
Nostalgia for the Light
Patricio Guzman's drama-documentary juxtaposing astronomers working in Chile's Atacama Desert with women sifting through the sand searching for body parts of loved ones, dumped by Chilean soldiers when dictator Augusto Pinochet was in power. In Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 30, 9.30pm, Science Museum, Apr 3, 3.40pm, Space Museum.
Police thriller following the events that unfold after a policeman and a gangster-turned-businessman arrange for an actor to be charged in a serial murder case. In Korean with English subtitles. Mar 30, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place, Apr 3, 12.40pm, City Hall.
The Man from Nowhere
Won Bin stars in Lee Jeong-beom's action drama about an ex-con turned reclusive pawn shop owner who sheds his quiet persona in order to save a little girl's life. In Korean with English subtitles. Mar 30, 9.50pm, Cultural Centre.
All for One and One for All: Union Film
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents the complete retrospective of Union Film's catalogue of titles, including the following seven films. Until May 29. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Murderer in Town
Crime thriller revolving around a detective (Ng Cho-fan) investigating a combination murder and bank robbery case whose first three suspects all end up dead. In Cantonese. Mar 25, 7pm, May 8, 2pm, Film Archive.
Story of Father and Son
Drama about a father trying desperately to ensure that his son's future will be bright. Ng Wui directs. In Cantonese. Mar 26, 2pm, May 14, 4.30pm, Film Archive.
Family drama revolving around a schoolteacher and his wife, whose peaceful, loving life with their daughter threatens to turn sour as a result of a series of arguments over mostly mundane issues. In Cantonese. Mar 26, 5pm, May 22, 2pm, Film Archive.
We Want to Live
Lee Tit's thriller about four desperate folks - including an artist and a shoeshine boy - who rob the Jockey Club in order to better their lives, only to realise that more problems ensue as a result of their criminal act. In Cantonese. Mar 26, 7pm, Apr 10, 2pm, Film Archive.
The Bloody Sucker
Chinese gothic movie loosely based on Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire sees two women attempting to blackmail a housekeeper who secretly murdered one of their husbands and is attempting to kill one of the women's son. In Cantonese. Mar 26, 9.15pm, Apr 23, 4.30pm, Film Archive.
Drama revolving around five women, all working as live-in maids - each with her own life story. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 27, 4.30pm, May 15, 7pm, Film Archive.
In the Face of Demolition
Lee Tit's drama relates the stories of families and individuals sharing a partitioned space. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Mar 27, 7.30pm, Apr 30, 7pm, Film Archive.
Classical in Cinema
iMagine presents a HD programme of classical music concerts and operas, including the following three. Until Jan 2012. AMC Festival Walk, U/G Level, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong; AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; Broadway The One, 6-11/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd, TST; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75-HK$120 www.amccinemas.com.hk and www2.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 6336 3595
Iano Tamar and Tatiana Serjan star in a production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera about an Ethiopian princess bought into slavery in Egypt who becomes torn between her family and an Egyptian general she loves. The show was performed against the backdrop of Switzerland's Lake Constance at the Bregenz Festival. In Italian with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 26, 5.15pm, AMC Pacific Place, Mar 27, 5.20pm, Apr 3, 5.15pm, AMC Festival Walk.
Karajan Memorial Concert on his 100th Birthday
Film of a concert at Vienna's Musikverein during which Seiji Ozawa conducts German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Berliner Philharmoniker playing works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and J.S. Bach. Mar 27, 11.30am, Apr 2, 11.30am, Broadway The One, AMC Pacific Place, Apr 3, 11.30am, Palace IFC.
Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra
Film of a Salzburg Festival concert that had Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Venezuelan orchestra, pianist Martha Argerich, violinist Renaud Capucon and violincello player Gautier Capucon playing works by Beethoven and Mussorgsky. Mar 27, 11.30am, AMC Festival Walk, also Mar 27, 11.30am, Palace IFC.