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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 April, 2011, 12:00am

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New Releases

Thor (IIA) See review on this page.

A Chinese Ghost Story (IIA) (Cantonese) See review on next page.

The Lost Bladesman (IIB) (Putonghua)

Alan Mak Siu-fai and Felix Chong Man-keung's historical martial arts movie revolving around the struggles of legendary general Guan Yunchang (Donnie Yen Ji-dan) to stay loyal to his sworn brother and ruler (Alex Fong Chung-shun) amidst pressure to join a more powerful warlord's (Jiang Wen) camp. Not reviewed.

Room in Rome (III) (Spanish, Italian, Russian, Basque and English)

Drama revolving around a Spanish woman and another woman from Russia who become involved with each other in the Eternal City. Julio Medem directs. Not reviewed.

The Wiggles: Greatest Hits in

the Round (I) The Australian children's musical group's December 19, 2010 concert filmed at Sydney's Acer Arena. Not reviewed.

General Releases

3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (III) (Cantonese)

Stereoscopic reworking of Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen's 1991 soft-porn feature about the outrageous adventures of a scholar as he searches for the secrets of sexual pleasure. PF

A3D Ayumi Hamasaki Arena Tour 2009 - Next Level (I) (Japanese)

Shot-in-3-D concert film featuring a headlining performance by the J-pop singer-songwriter. CT

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. CT

African Cats (I)

Nature documentary showing how cheetahs, lions and lionesses teach their cubs the ways of the wild. Not reviewed.

Beautiful Lies (IIA) (French)

Audrey Tautou stars in a drama about a hairstylist who causes a series of misunderstandings after sending an anonymous love letter to her widowed mother. 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, an inexperienced soldier who falls for her and a bullfighter she lusts after. Starring Christine Rice. KK

Don't Go Breaking My Heart (IIA)

(Cantonese, Putonghua and English)Johnnie To Kei-fung's romantic comedy about a love triangle involving a high-flying playboy (Louis Koo Tin-lok), a female executive (Gao Yuanyuan) and an architect (Daniel Wu Yin-cho). PF

Doraemon The Movie: The New Record of Nobita - Spaceblazer (I) (Cantonese)

This anime movie follows Doraemon and Nobita as they go on adventures involving a space ship and two alternate universe creatures named Loppic and Chammy. Not reviewed.

Gantz (IIB) (Japanese)

Sci-fi actioner about two teens who wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on earth. CT

Hop (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Comedy, in which animation and live action blend, about an out-of-work slacker who takes the Easter Bunny in as a house guest after accidentally injuring him. Not reviewed.

Incendies (IIB) (French, Arabic and English)

Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of playwright Wajdi Mouawad's drama about twins who journey to the Middle East in search of their roots. CT

Inside Job (IIA)

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. Charles Ferguson directs. CT

Just Go With It (IIA)

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston star in a romantic comedy about a plastic surgeon who convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend. 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. CT

Limitless (IIB)

Action thriller about a writer who, after coming into possession of a designer drug that bestows him with superhuman abilities, is pursued by mysterious antagonists. CT

Moon Castle: The Space Adventure a (I) (Cantonese)

Third film outing for Pleasant Goat and company sees goats and wolves embarking on a space adventure and forming a temporary alliance to try to thwart the evil King Bitter Gourd's ambition to conquer the world. Not reviewed.

Mr and Mrs Single (I) (Putonghua)

Eason Chan Yik-shun and Rene Liu Ruo-ying star in a Yip Lim-sum (aka Patrick Kong) romantic comedy about a man who keeps his marriage a secret in order to get a new job as an assistant at a perfume company and a love triangle involving his female boss. CT

Rango (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Animated comic Western with a green lizard hero charged with being the unlikely saviour of a lawless outpost in the Wild West. Gore Verbinski directs. CT

Red Riding Hood (IIB)

Medieval fantasy about a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) living in a village terrorised by a werewolf who falls for an orphaned woodcutter. CT

Rio 3-D (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Animated comedy revolving around a macaw from Minnesota who goes off with his owner and best friend on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro to find the bird of his dreams. LKW

Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage 3D (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Animated adventure tale with an ecological message follows a sea turtle from hatchling to adulthood. Not reviewed.

Scream 4 (IIB)

The ghostface killer returns for another round with the survivors of the Woodsburrow murders in the latest instalment of Wes Craven's horror series. CT

Source Code (IIA)

Sci-fi action thriller centring on a soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Not reviewed.

The Tree (IIA)

Drama about a suburban Australian family who, after the patriarch prematurely dies, seek comfort under a protective tree in their garden. Stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Morgana Davies. CT

Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Animated film in which Thomas the Tank Engine gets lost at sea and washes onto a mysterious island where he makes three new friends. Not reviewed.

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

Umizaru 3: The Last Message (IIA) (Japanese)

Third action drama outing for a group of Japan Coast Guard rescue divers who, in this shot-in-3D instalment, get trapped in a giant natural gas plant after trying to rescue the people in it from an accident. CT

Art House

Ying E Chi-2011 - Playing it Indie 2011

HK Arts Centre and Ying E Chi present a programme of four recent local independent films, including the following two films. Ends Apr 29. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2836 6282

The Anti-XRL Campaign - Media Perspective

Documentary examination of the relationship between the mass media and social activists in relation to the campaign against the Hong Kong leg of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Apr 28, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

26 Happiness Rd

Drama about a woman now living in Beijing who returns to her village to visit her father who has a markedly different definition of happiness from her. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Apr 29, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Morning Matinee

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of old Hong Kong movies, including the following two features. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Deaf and Mute Heroine

Helen Ma Hoi-lun stars in Wu Ma's martial arts actioner revolving around a swordswoman who does not let physical disabilities impede her fighting prowess and ability to fall in love. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Apr 29, 11am, Film Archive. (See Don't miss, pg 7)

House Removal Greeting

Zhu Shilin's drama chronicling the hardships of a pair of hapless newlyweds, particularly after the wife becomes pregnant. In Cantonese. May 6, 11am, Film Archive.

HK International Film Festival

The HK International Film Festival Society presents 335 films from 56 territories, including the following nine films. Part II: until May 1. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$60 Urbtix. Inquiries: hkiff.org

When the 10th Month Comes

Wartime melodrama revolving around a woman who tries to keep her husband's battlefield death from her aged father-in-law and her son. Dang Nhat Minh directs. In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Apr 29, 7.30pm, Space Museum.

Travelling Circus

Viet Linh's allegorical drama about a famine-ridden village whose residents look to tawdry magic for salvation and a ragtag visiting circus troupe looking for gold. In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Apr 29, 9.30pm, Space Museum.

Ten

Abbas Kiarostami's 10-scene drama showing a conversation between a female driver (Mania Akbari) and her passengers that is set entirely within a car. In Persian with English subtitles. Apr 30, 7.30pm, Space Museum.

10 on Ten

Abbas Kiarostami's documentary has the director driving through Taste of Cherry's landscapes as he discusses 10 points on his style of filmmaking. In Persian and English with English subtitles. Apr 30, 9.30pm, Space Museum.

Oceans

Ecological documentary looking at life-and-death dramas taking place daily in the world's oceans. Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud direct. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. May 1, 2.30pm, Science Museum.

Where is the Friend's Home?

Abbas Kiarostami's drama about an eight-year-old boy who must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake. In Persian with Chinese and English subtitles. May 1, 4.45pm, Science Museum.

Shirin

Abbas Kiarostami's formalist drama showing the faces of 112 actresses as they react to a 12th-century Persian play they are viewing but which is out of camera view in the film. In Persian with English subtitles. May 1, 5pm, HK Arts Centre.

Taste of Cherry

Abbas Kiarostami's drama about a suicidal middle-aged man who drives around in search of someone who will bury his corpse. In Persian with Chinese and English subtitles. May 1, 7pm, Science Museum.

The Wind Will Carry Us

Abbas Kiarostami's drama about a city engineer who, after he goes to a remote Kurdish village to keep vigil for a dying relative, makes an effort to fit in with the local community. In Persian with Chinese and English subtitles. May 1, 9pm, Science Museum.

The Other Reality

Goethe-Institut HK presents a programme of six films exploring the many facets of reality, including the following film. Apr 29-Sept 23. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088

Absurdistan

Allegorical comedy centring on two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until a war of the sexes breaks out in their desert village. In German with English subtitles. Apr 29, 8pm, Film Archive.

Kuei Chih-hung, the Rebel in the System

The HK Film Archive and HK International Film Festival co-present a programme of nine films directed by the Hong Kong filmmaker, including the following three films. Until May 28. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

The Deaf Mute Killer + Arson

Two crime shorts: the first revolving around a helpless young villager who is viciously bullied, wrongly accused of rape and driven to a bloody confrontation with the law; and the second about a firebomb attack on a nightclub and the tense investigation that follows. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 1, 4.30pm, Film Archive.

Killer Constable

Chen Kuan-tai stars as a ruthless security chief of the Empress Dowager who finds his faith in the governance of China shaken by what he sees on a trip to southern China. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. May 8, 7pm, Film Archive.

Classical in Cinema

iMagine presents a programme of classical music concerts and operas, including the following two. 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

3 Stars in Vienna

Film of an open-air concert in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace in which Bertrand De Billy conducts soprano Anna Netrebko, tenors Placido Domingo and Rolando Villazon, and the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien performing works by Massenet, Puccini, Verdi and others. Apr 30, 11.20am, AMC Pacific Place, May 1, 11.20am, Broadway The One, also Palace IFC.

Turandot

Chen Kaige directs the Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana and Escolania de la Mare de Deu dels Desemparats' performance at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sof?a of Giacomo Puccini's fairy-tale opera about a Chinese princess who will only marry a prince who can solve her three riddles. In Italian with English subtitles. Apr 30, 5.30pm, Broadway The One, also Palace IFC, May 1, 5.30pm, AMC Pacific Place.

2010: A Wan Chai Odyssey - Short Films Screenings

Programme of four short films (Intersection, Finding the Art Spirit in Wan Chai, Queen's Encounter and Flame - The Disappearance of the Funeral Industry in Wan Chai) telling the story of Wan Chai district. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Apr 30, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, free with ticket. Inquiries: 2836 6282

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 eight films. Until May 29. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

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. Apr 30, 7pm, Film Archive.

The House of Murders

Horror work about a young woman who returns after studying overseas to a family beset with tragedies, including a series of mysterious deaths. Starring Pak Yin and Ng Cho-fan. In Cantonese with English subtitles. May 1, 7pm, Film Archive.

The Water Margin Booty Captured

Ng Wui's dramatic film adaptation of Shi Nai'an's novel about corrupt officials and citizens who decide to revolt against them. Starring Ng Cho-fan and Cheung Wood-yau. In Cantonese. May 2, 2.30pm, Film Archive.

Romance at the West Chamber

Cantonese opera film version of Yuan dynasty playwright Wang Shifu's drama about a secret love affair between a young scholar, and the daughter of a chief minister. In Cantonese. May 2, 5pm, Film Archive.

A Home of a Million Gold

Melodrama about a family whose once rich patriarch gambles away his fortune and persists in trying to lead a luxurious lifestyle with his younger daughter while his wife and down-to-earth elder daughter opt to live more modestly. In Cantonese. May 7, 2pm, Film Archive.

A Son is Born

Morality tale revolving around a child born out of wedlock who is abandoned by his rich father. In Cantonese. May 7, 4.30pm, Film Archive.

An Orphan's Tragedy

Chu Kea directs an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations in which the protagonist is a young, early Republican-era boy who grows up to be an idealistic doctor. In Cantonese with English subtitles. May 7, 7pm, Film Archive.

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. May 8, 2pm, Film Archive.

Restored Treasures

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following film. Ongoing. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901

My Brilliant Career

Gillian Armstrong's coming-of-age story centring on a willful, imaginative young woman who decides to become a governess rather than get married. Starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill. In English with English subtitles. May 1, 2pm, Film Archive.

Mexican Film Festival in Hong Kong- A Mexican Kaleidoscope

MexCham (Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong) presents a programme of Mexican feature and short films including the following five films. May 2-5. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; and HK Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Rd, Central, free with ticket. Inquiries: 9499 1215

La Nuera de Don Filemon + Cinco Dias sin Nora

Double-bill comprising: Gabriel Guzm?n's short comedy about a man and his daughter-in-law who can't stand him until she discovers something about him that makes her love him like her own father (in Spanish with English subtitles); and Mariana Chenillo's romantic drama about a man whose ex-wife of 30 years devises a Machiavellian plan in order for him to take care of her funeral arrangements (in Spanish and Hebrew with English subtitles). May 2, 8.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Firmes + Luces Negras + Salvando al Soldado Perez

Triple-bill of: Yordi Capo's short film about private soldier who, over the course of standing to attention at a long official ceremony, becomes aware of the distance between the many who follow and the few who lead; Samuel Kishi's short film about a young Chinese man working in a convenience store in Guadalajara who falls in love with a Mexican stripper; and Beto Gomez's adventure comedy about a crime lord forced by his mother to plan a suicidal rescue mission to find his lost brother. All three films: In Spanish with English subtitles. May 3, 8pm, HK Arts Centre.