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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 May, 2011, 12:00am

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New Releases

A Beautiful Life (IIA) (Putonghua and Cantonese)

See review on this page.

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (IIA)

See review on this page.

Kidnapped (III) (Spanish)

Crime thriller about a family who decides to fight back after being subjected to a night of terror in their own home. Miguel Angel Vivas directs. Not reviewed.

Virtual Recall (IIB) (Cantonese)

Horror film revolving around a mental patient (Cherrie Ying Choi-yi) who plays mind games with the psychiatrist (Tang Yifei) assigned to her case. Not reviewed.

General Releases

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

Animal Kingdom (IIB)

Crime drama about a 17-year-old who moves in with his estranged grandmother, not realising he has moved into a den of sociopathic criminals. 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 a 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. 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

Let the Wind Carry Me (IIA) (Mandarin)

Documentary about the life and work of Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing. CT

The Lost Bladesman (IIB) (Putonghua)

Historical martial arts movie about a legendary general's struggles to stay loyal to his brother and ruler amid 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

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (IIA)

Fourth instalment of the action adventure series has pirate captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) embarking on an unexpected journey to the fabled Fountain of Youth with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz). CT

Priest (IIB)

Shot-in-3-D sci-fi horror about a priest 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

Source Code (IIA)

Sci-fi action thriller about a soldier who wakes up in an unknown man's body and finds he is part of a mission to find a train's bomber. CT

Thor (IIA)

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 travelling 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.

Art House

Morning Matinee

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

True Love

Drama about a love triangle involving a man loved by two women who are good friends. In Cantonese. May 27, 11am, 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 creation, a 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.

Classical in Cinema

Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a programme of classical music concerts and operas, including the following two films. Until January 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. May 28, 11.30am, Broadway The One, also May 28, 6pm, AMC Pacific Place, May 29, Jun 5, 11.30am, Palace IFC.

A Lean Night 2011 - Fresh!

The HK Arts Centre presents four films made in the first decade of this century, including the following three. Until May 29. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273

After the Wedding

Drama centring on a manager of an orphanage in India who is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. In Danish, English, Hindi and Swedish with English subtitles. May 28, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Last Train Home

Documentary that follows a working-class couple on a problem-ridden journey home to Sichuan over the Lunar New Year. In Putonghua and Sichuanese with English subtitles. May 28, 5pm, HK Arts Centre.

Alexandra

War drama about a woman who visits her grandson at his army camp in Chechnya. In Russian and Chechen with English subtitles. May 29, 2.30pm, 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

The Conformist

Bernardo Bertolucci's adaptation of Italian writer Alberto Moravia's novel centring on a weak-willed and socially alienated Italian 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 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 film. Ends May 28. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

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 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 HKTicketing. 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. In French with English subtitles. May 28-29, 7pm, also May 29, 1pm, Wellcome Theatre.

Reflections in a Golden Eye

John Huston's dramatic thriller revolving around a woman (Elizabeth Taylor) involved in an adulterous relationship with the colonel who lives next door - something her husband (Marlon Brando) keeps quiet about because her father is a higher ranking military official. In English. May 28, 8pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273

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

Love (Part 1)

First part of an omnibus film set on board an ocean liner called Fraternity. Some of its passengers share their life stories through flashbacks while preparing for a possible disaster. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 29, 2.30pm, Film Archive.

Love, the Sequel

Concluding part of the omnibus film set on board an ocean liner focuses on the stories of a dirt-poor family, a young couple and two lovers facing separation by an arranged marriage. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 29, 5pm, 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. Jun 3, 7.30pm, Film Archive.

Big Thunderstorm

Ng Wui's adaptation of Aleksandr Ostrovsky's drama centring on a powerful, conniving village elder and a mother who is bullied by the elder but turns around to bully her own family with iron-fisted oppressiveness. In Cantonese. Jun 4, 7pm, Film Archive.

Alan Tang - Student Prince Forever

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of four films starring the late Alan Tang Kwong-wing (1946-2011), including the following film. Jun 3-24. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

The Student Prince

Sixties-era drama about a Southeast Asian sultan's secondary school student son who gets more trouble than he bargains for after inviting a beautiful girl from a neighbouring school to take part in a variety show he is organising. In Cantonese. Jun 3, 11am, Film Archive.

Noir: A Film Noir Retrospective Bridging France and Hong Kong

Consulate Generale de France a Hong Kong et Macao presents a Le French May programme of 27 French and Hong Kong film noir works, including the following five films. Jun 3-26. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 cinema.com.hk; Broadway Mongkok, 6-12 Sai Yeung Choi St, Mong Kok, HK$55 cinema.com.hk; HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, HK$65 HK Ticketing; and Palace IFC, Podium L1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75 cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: bc.cinema.com.hk

A Prophet

Tahar Rahim stars in this crime drama as a meek, illiterate young convict who outmanoeuvres his prison oppressors to become a thriving, model prisoner. Jacques Audiard directs. In French, Corsican and Arabic with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 3, 7pm, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Jun 5, 9.30pm, Palace IFC.

He Died with His Eyes Open

Murder mystery about a police inspector (Michel Serrault) investigating the case of a murdered pianist who does not believe the victim's mistress (Charlotte Rampling) killed him even though she says she did. In French with English subtitles. Jun 4, 3pm, Palace IFC, Jun 15, 7.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

L.627

Documentary-style police drama following a highly strung Parisian narcotics officer as he goes about his work. Bertrand Tavernier directs. In French with English subtitles. Jun 4, 5pm, Palace IFC, Jun 18, 9.20m, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Red Circle

Jean-Pierre Melville's crime thriller revolving around an ex-con (Alain Delon) who teams up with an escaped murderer (Gian Maria Volonte) and ex-cop (Yves Montand) for a jewellery heist even while pursued by mobsters and the police. In French with English subtitles. Jun 4, 7.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 17, 9.30pm, Palace IFC.

Dangerous Encounter: First Kind

Director's cut version of Tsui Hark's vision of a society out of control revolving around a sociopathic teenage girl (Lin Chen-chi) who goes on a criminal rampage with three students. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 4, 9.50pm, Jun 24, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

Through the Innocent Eyes: Filmmakers on Childhood

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents eight films depicting childhood, including the following three. Jun 4-25. 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

The Kid + The Red Balloon

Double bill consisting of: Charlie Chaplin's melodrama-comedy about a tramp who adopts an abandoned baby whose mother decides to look for him some years later (silent with English intertitles); and Albert Lamorisse's short fantasy film revolving around a red balloon with a life of its own who follows a little boy around the streets of Paris (in French with Chinese and English subtitles). Jun 4, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Jun 25, 7.30pm, Science Museum.

The Night of the Hunter

Film noir about a sinister missionary who, after he discovers that a condemned man has hidden US$10,000 somewhere around his house, cons the man's widow into marrying him in order to get to it. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 4, 5pm, Film Archive, Jun 11, Space Museum.