Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (IIA)
See review on this page.
Animal Kingdom (IIB)
See review on this page.
1+1 (I) (Cantonese)
Short film about a man and his granddaughter whose home will be torn down by the government to make way for a railway route to be constructed through their village. Not reviewed.
3-D 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
African Cats (I)
Nature documentary showing how cheetahs, lions and lionesses teach their cubs the ways of the wild. CT
Buddha Mountain (IIB) (Putonghua)
Drama revolving around three young adults who rent rooms from a retired Peking opera singer with whom they form a bond. CT
The Detective 2 (IIB) (Cantonese)
Sequel to Oxide Pang Chun's 2007 thriller has Aaron Kwok Fu-shing reprising his role as an outcast trying to make sense of his parents' murder while making ends meet as a private detective. LKW
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (IIA) (Cantonese, Putonghua and English)
Rom-com about a love triangle involving a high-flying playboy (Louis Koo Tin-lok), a female executive (Gao Yuanyuan) and a talented architect (Daniel Wu Yin-cho ). PF
Fast Five (IIB) (English and Portuguese)
The car-focused crime action franchise's fifth instalment once again has Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew on the wrong side of the law as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent in Rio de Janiero. CT
Gantz Perfect Answer (IIB) (Japanese)
Second part of the live-action adaptation of Hiroya Oku's manga series revolving around a mysterious black orb that brings the dead back to life for a series of assassination jobs against an alien force. Not reviewed.
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. CT
Incendies (IIB) (French, Arabic and English)
Drama about twins who journey to the Middle East in search of their roots. CT
Just Go With It (IIA)
Rom-com about a plastic surgeon who gets his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his girlfriend. CT
Kaasan Mum's Life (IIA) (Japanese)
Film version of Rieko Saibara's autobiographical manga about a cartoonist and mother of two whose alcoholic husband develops a fatal disease. Not reviewed.
Let the Wind Carry Me (IIA) (Mandarin)
Documentary about the life and work of Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing. Not reviewed.
The Lost Bladesman (IIB) (Putonghua)
Historical martial arts movie revolving around legendary general Guan Yunchang's (Donnie Yen Ji-dan) struggles to stay loyal to his brother and ruler amidst pressure to join a more powerful warlord's (Jiang Wen) camp. CT
Love Crime (IIB) (French and English)
Thriller about a young executive who is led by her boss into a dangerous game of seduction and domination. CT
Shot-in-3-D science-fiction horror adaptation of a graphic novel series about a priest (Paul Bettany) who disobeys church law to track down the vampires who had kidnapped his niece. CT
Punished (IIB) (Cantonese)
Crime drama about a grief-stricken tycoon who turns to his loyal bodyguard to help him exact revenge after his daughter is kidnapped. PF
Room in Rome (III) (Spanish, Italian, Russian, Basque and English)
Drama about a Spanish woman and a Russian female who become involved with each other in the Eternal City. CT
Source Code (IIA)
Sci-fi action thriller about a soldier who wakes up in an unknown man's body and finds he's part of a mission to find a train's bomber. CT
Epic 3-D film about a warrior cast out of the mystical realm of Asgard and banished to earth where he must learn what it takes to be a true hero. CT
Water for Elephants (IIA)
Drama centring on a veterinary student who abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. CT
The Way We Were (IIA) (Cantonese)
Dramedy about a man whose desperate efforts to become a movie star cause him to clash with his family. Not reviewed.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of old Hong Kong movies, including the following two features. Ongoing. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
He is a Rare and Passionate Lover
Romantic comedy about a good-natured department store employee who takes pity on a man she thinks is unemployed but actually is the store owner. In Cantonese. May 20, 11am, Film Archive.
Drama about a love triangle involving a man (Patrick Tse Yin) loved by two women who are good friends. Also starring Nam Hung and Kong Suet. May 27, 11am, Film Archive.
2P Contemporary Art Gallery and Diorama Projections present a video and photographic showcase, including the following programme. Until Aug 31. 2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Shop 5, G/F, 6-20 Po Tuck St, Sai Ying Pun, free but reservation required (email@example.com). Inquiries: 9196 5934
Canaries (the Bank and the Treasury)
The video component of Chinese-Canadian artist Will Kwan's multimedia project focusing on the HSBC Building in Central. In English. May 20, 7pm (reception, 6.30pm), 2P Contemporary Art Gallery.
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 four films. Until Jun 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Autumn Comes to Crape Myrtle Garden
Drama about a family, many of whose members struggle against the dictats of their domineering matriarch. In Cantonese. May 21, 2pm, Film Archive.
Eternal Love Drama centring on a man whose pursuit of happiness is repeatedly thwarted by other people. In Cantonese with English subtitles. May 21, 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. In Cantonese. May 22, 2pm, Film Archive.
Lee Sun-fung's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina transforms the story's courageous protagonist into a traditional Chinese woman victimised by a feudalistic order that refuses to die. In Cantonese with English subtitles. May 22, 4.15pm, Jun 19, 5pm, Film Archive.
Classical in Cinema
iMagine presents a HD programme of classical music concerts and operas, including the following two films. Until Jan 2012. 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
Karajan Series Beethoven Symphonies No 3 and 6
Concert films double-bill that have Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Beethoven's Symphony No 3 in E-Flat Major, Eroica and Symphony No 6 in F Major, Pastorale. Hugo Niebeling directs. May 21, 2pm, May 28, 11.30am, Broadway The One, May 22, 29, Jun 5, 11.30am, Palace IFC, May 28, 6pm, AMC Pacific Place.
A Lean Night 2011 - Fresh!
The HK Arts Centre presents the following four films made in the first decade of this century. May 21-29. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273
After the Wedding
Susanne Bier's drama centring on a manager of an orphanage in India who is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. Starring Mads Mikkelsen. In Danish, English, Hindi and Swedish with English subtitles. May 21, 28, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Drama about an epilepsy-prone woodcutter with an overbearing passion for his sister whose hermetic existence is shattered by a stranger's arrival into his world. In French with English subtitles. May 21, 5.30pm, May 22, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Aleksandr Sokurov's war drama about an elderly woman who visits her grandson at his army camp in Chechnya. In Russian and Chechen with English subtitles. May 21, 7.30pm, May 29, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Last Train Home
Fan Lixin's documentary follows a working-class couple on their annual journey home to Sichuan over the Lunar New Year. In Putonghua and Sichuanese with English subtitles. May 22, 5.30pm, May 28, 5pm, HK Arts Centre.
From Novel to Film 2 - Critics' Choice 2011
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of six film adaptations of novels, including the following film. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Bernardo Bertolucci's adaptation of Italian writer Alberto Moravia's novel centring on a weak-willed and socially-alienated Italian man who turns into a fascist flunky and goes to Paris to assassinate his former university professor. In Italian and French with Chinese and English subtitles. May 21, 8pm, also May 28, 2.30pm, 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 two films. Until May 28. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Hex After Hex
Satirical horror tale revolving around a property tycoon who goes too far in his pursuit of profit, a bodybuilder and his ghoul girlfriend who blocks his every turn. Starring Lo Meng In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 22, 7pm, Film Archive.
The Boxer's Omen
Horror actioner about a Hong Kong boxer who travels to Thailand to exact revenge after his brother is killed in the ring. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 28, 7pm, Film Archive.
The Other Reality
Goethe-Institut HK presents a programme of six films exploring the many facets of reality, including the following film. Until Sept 23. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2802 0088
A Pass from the Back
Comedy set in 1960s Germany about a table football enthusiast whose homegrown creation, a creative midfield player who wears the number 10 jersey, comes to life and grows to human size. In German with English subtitles. May 27, 8pm, Film Archive.
The Met: Live in HD in Hong Kong
Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia presents a programme of 11 operas performed by the Metropolitan Opera of New York, including the following one. Until Jul 10. Wellcome Theatre, HK Academy for Performing Arts' Bethanie Campus, 139 Pok Fu Lam Rd, Pok Fu Lam, HK$170 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2880 9900
Rossini's Le Comte Ory
Film of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Gioachino Rossini's comic opera about a love-struck count (Juan Diego Florez) who resorts to trickery to seduce a lonely countess. Also starring Diana Damrau and Joyce DiDonato. In French with English subtitles. May 28-29, 7pm, also May 29, 1pm, Wellcome Theatre.