PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 June, 2011, 12:00am


New Releases

The Hangover Part 2 (IIB) See review on this page.

Submarine (IIB) See review on this page.

Love in Between (III)

Melodrama about a professor's wife who discovers her husband is having an affair with one of his students. Not reviewed.

X-Men First Class (IIA)

X-Men prequel returns to a time before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr became known as Professor X and Magneto, and were close friends working together with other mutants to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. 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

A Beautiful Life (IIA)

(Putonghua and Cantonese)Romantic tearjerker about a righteous cop (Liu Ye) who has to contend with his self-centred property agent (Shu Qi) girlfriend while also taking care of his mentally disabled younger brother. LKW

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

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

Kidnapped (III) (Spanish)

Crime thriller about a family who decides to fight back after being subjected to a night of terror in their home. 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 Guan Yunchang's (Donnie Yen Ji-dan) struggles to stay loyal to his brother and ruler amid pressure to join a more powerful warlord's (Jiang Wen) camp. CT

Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (IIA)

Natalie Portman stars in Don Roos' adaptation of Ayelet Waldman's novel detailing a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson. 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

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 (Liu Kai-chi) whose desperate efforts to become a movie star cause him to clash with his family. Also starring Fiona Sit Hoi-kei. Not reviewed.

Art House

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 General of France in Hong Kong and Macau presents a Le French May programme of 27 French and Hong Kong film noir works, including the following eight films. Jun 3-26. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; Broadway Mong Kok, 6-12 Sai Yeung Choi St, Mong Kok, HK$55; 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 Inquiries:

A Prophet

Crime drama about a 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.


Documentary-style police drama following a highly-strung Parisian narcotics officer as he goes about his work. 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. 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 who goes on a criminal rampage with three students. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 4, 9.50pm, Jun 24, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

City on Fire

Chow Yun-fat stars in Ringo Lam Ling-tung's crime drama exploration of an ethical struggle an undercover policeman undergoes when he gets too close to his prey. Also starring Danny Lee Sau-yin. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 5, 12.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 22, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.


Animated sci-fi actioner about a police captain investigating the disappearance of a beautiful and brilliant scientist. In French with English subtitles. Jun 5, 2.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 15, 9.40pm, Palace IFC.

The Killer

Thriller about a hitman whose task becomes complicated after the businessman he's hired to kill lets on that he'll co-operate fully in his own murder if only he is given a few more days to get his financial affairs in order. In French with English subtitles. Jun 5, 4.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 14, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

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 two films. Until Jun 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

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

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.

Through the Innocent Eyes: Filmmakers on Childhood

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents eight films depicting childhood, including the following four. 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 (Robert Mitchum) who, after he discovers that a condemned man has hidden US$10,000 somewhere in his house, cons the man's widow into marrying him in order to search for it. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 4, 5pm, Film Archive, Jun 11, Space Museum.

The 400 Blows

Fran?ois Truffaut's drama centring on a misunderstood adolescent who, lacking parental love and care, can merely seek comfort from friendship, novels and films. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 5, 7.30pm, Film Archive, June 24, 7.30pm, Science Museum.

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. 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. Jun 5, 11.30am, Palace IFC.