Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Kevin Kwong, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
The Man from Nowhere (III) (Korean)
See review on this page.
Fireworks from the Heart (I) (Japanese)
See review on this page.
MicroSex Office (IIB) (Cantonese)
Jim Chim Sui-Man stars in and directs (with Lee Kung-lok) a film adaptation of his stage comedy about male and female office worker relations. Not reviewed.
Super 8 (IIB) (Intercon)
J. J. Abrams' sci-fi thriller set in the summer of 1979 about a group of friends making a film on their Super 8 camera who investigate strange happenings that take place in their small Ohio town. Not reviewed.
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
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
The Hangover Part II (IIB)
Sequel to Todd Phillip's 2009 comedy sees Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug in Thailand for Stu's wedding. CT
Let the Wind Carry Me (IIA) (Mandarin)
Documentary about the life and work of Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing. CT
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (IIA)
Natalie Portman stars in Don Roos' drama about a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson. CT
Love in Between (III)
Melodrama about a professor's wife who discovers her husband is having an affair with one of his students. 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. CT
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
Coming-of-age story revolving around a precocious 15-year-old boy (Craig Roberts) seeking to lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to torpedo the relationship between his mother and her ex-lover who has resurfaced in their lives. Richard Ayoade directs. 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 travelling circus as their vet. CT
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. KK
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 10 films. Until Jun 28. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 cinema.com.hk; Broadway Mong Kok, 6-12 Sai Yeung Choi St, Mong Kok, HK$55 cinema.com.hk; and Palace IFC, Podium L1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75 cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: bc.cinema.com.hk
Thriller centring on a shop owner (Ariane Ascaride) who collaborates with two men to get her kidnapped son back safely and also to gain revenge for his abduction. In French with English subtitles. Jun 9, 7.45pm, Jun 12, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Long Arm of the Law
Crime drama about a gang of former mainland soldiers who sneak into Hong Kong with plans to rob a jewellery shop. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 10, 7.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 18, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
Crime drama about a mentally fragile policewoman whose psychological health is further threatened after she is assigned to investigate the murder of a woman found hanging on a tree. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 10, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, Jun 25, 4pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Olivier Assayas' thriller about a former prostitute (Asia Argento) whose lover (Carl Ng Ka-lung) is manipulated into trying to kill her old flame (Michael Madsen) by his ex-wife. In English with English subtitles. Jun 11, 1.30pm, Palace IFC, Jun 26, 1.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Black comedy revolving around an unemployed man (Gerard Depardieu), his police inspector neighbour (Bertrand Blier, who also directs) and his wife's murderer (Jean Carmet) who embark on a series of adventures in Paris. In French with English subtitles. Jun 11, 3.35pm, Palace IFC.
As Tears Go By
Wong Kar-wai's atmospheric gangster film revolving around a triad (Andy Lau Tak-wah) whose responsibility for his rash younger brother (Jacky Cheung Hok-yau) threatens to disrupt his budding romance. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 11, 7.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
My Heart Is That Eternal Rose
Patrick Tam Ka-ming's crime melodrama about a man (Kenny Bee) forced into exile after a botched crime job who returns six years later to Hong Kong as a hired assassin with plans to reunite with his lover (Joey Wong Jo-yin). Also starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 11, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 19, 8pm, Palace IFC.
Costa-Gavras' crime drama about an unemployed chemist (Jose Garcia) who decides to eliminate his competition by literally killing off the likely contenders for the job he wants. In French with English subtitles. Jun 12, 1pm, Palace IFC.
Police Python 357
Yves Montand stars in this crime drama about a cop assigned to investigate the murder of a woman he has been involved with. In French with English subtitles. Jun 12, 3.20pm, Palace IFC, Jun 24, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Young Lieutenant
Crime drama revolving around a rookie policeman from the provinces and the middle-aged female detective he is assigned to work under after he moves to a Paris homicide bureau. In French with English subtitles. Jun 12, 7.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 20, 9.40pm, Palace IFC.
All for One and One for All: Union Film
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a complete retrospective of Union Film's catalogue of titles, including the following three films. Until Jun 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Newspaper serial fiction-based murder whodunit involving a taboo-plagued feudal family living in a gothic mansion. Starring Ng Cho-fan, Pak Yin and Sek Kin In. Cantonese. Jun 10, 7.30pm, Film Archive.
Drama about a righteous thief who uses his special skills to help a young couple bullied by a rich man. In Cantonese. Jun 11, 7.30pm, 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. Jun 12, 7pm, Film Archive.
Lean Night 2011 - Fresh!
The HK Arts Centre presents the following four films made in the first decade of this century. Jun 10-26. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273
Jean-Luc Godard's digital film intersperses scenes onboard a Mediterranean cruise liner with those involving a family in France discussing the true meaning of freedom, equality and fraternity. Mainly in French, English and German with deliberately fractured English subtitles. Jun 10, 25, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Claire Denis' drama about a once-wealthy European family of coffee planters and their struggles to survive in a rapidly changing Africa. Starring Isabelle Huppert. In French with English subtitles. Jun 11, 2.30pm, Jun 26, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Historical drama about the final six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands. In English. Jun 11, 5.30pm, Jun 12, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Jafar Panahi's drama about a pizza delivery man who turns into a villain that robs and kills after getting pushed over the edge by the humiliation he suffers from the owner of a jewellery shop over his failure to buy baubles for his bride. In Farsi with English subtitles. Jun 11, 24, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Through the Innocent Eyes: Filmmakers on Childhood
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents eight films depicting childhood, including the following five. Until Jun 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
My Life as a Dog
Lasse Hallstrom's bittersweet drama revolving around a boy who, after his mother falls gravely ill, has to move to a relative's home and is forced to learn how to face life, death and love. In Swedish with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 10, 7.30pm, Science Museum, Jun 18, 2.30pm, Film Archive.
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 11, 2.30pm, Space Museum.
The White Balloon
Jafar Panahi's drama about a little girl who sets off to buy a goldfish on New Year's eve but has to ask strangers for help after she loses her money. In Farsi with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 11, 5pm, Space Museum, Jun 18, 5pm, Film Archive.
Andrei Tarkovsky's war drama centring on a Soviet boy who volunteers to fight the enemy at the frontline after his entire family is killed by the Nazis. In Russian with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 12, 2pm, Film Archive, Jun 19, 2.30pm, Space Museum.
Ken Loach's drama centring on a miner's son whose nurturing and training of a pet falcon rekindles his father's dreams and hopes. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 12, 4.30pm, Film Archive, Jun 19, 7.30pm, Space Museum.
InDBear International Film Festival
InD Blue presents a programme of 15 independent feature films, including the following five. Jun 10-26. MCL Kornhill, 4/F, Kornhill Plaza South, 2 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay, HK$55; and MCL Telford, Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip St, Kowloon Bay, HK$60 mclcinema.com. Inquiries: 2572 7202
Religious drama centring on a workaholic widower whose remaining family feels concerned for him after he blames God for his wife's death. In English with English subtitles. Jun 10, 7.45pm, MCL Telford, Jun 19, 3.45pm, MCL Kornhill.
Invasion of Alien Bikini
Cult sci-fi-romantic comedy about a male virgin who meets an alien female who wants his sperm. In Korean with English subtitles. Jun 10, 9.30pm, MCL Telford.
Diane Bell's drama about an encyclopaedia salesman-writer who believes love is obsolete until he goes on a road trip to Death Valley with a beautiful cinema projectionist. In English. Jun 11, 5.45pm, MCL Telford.
The Family Complete
Tragicomedy about a family infected with a virus that makes them all look the same age. In Japanese with English subtitles. Jun 11, 7.45pm, Jun 23, 9.30pm, MCL Telford.
The Life and Death of a Porno Gang
Horror-drama about a young filmmaker who decides to make films with authentic scenes containing sex and violence. In Serbian with English subtitles. Jun 12, 5.45pm, MCL Telford.
Pineapple Underground Film Festival
Experimenta Art Space presents a showcase of more than 30 feature and short films from 14 countries within five programmes, including the following programme. Jun 10-12. Experimenta, Shop B, LG/F, 89-95 Hollywood Rd, Central, free admission with ticket (for programmes 1 and 3), HK$30 (for programmes 2, 4 and 5) www.konzepp.com. Inquiries: 9277 4955
Programme 1: Comrades
Triple bill consisting of: Wang Xiaoming's The Debts (in Putonghua with English subtitles); Shih Chun-han's Once Upon a Time in Kinmen (in Mandarin with English subtitles); and Lawrence Wong's Sonata of a Repairman (in Cantonese with English subtitles). Jun 10, 9pm, Experimenta.
R. Strauss' Capriccio
Film of the Metropolitan Opera's production of German composer Richard Strauss' ensemble opera revolving around discussions on the primacy of words versus music between a widowed countess and her two suitors. In German with English subtitles. Jun 11-12, 7pm, also Jun 12, 1pm, Wellcome Theatre.
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. Until Oct 16. 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
Masaki Kobayashi's supernatural anthology comprises adaptations of four separate and unrelated stories from Lafcadio Hearn (aka Yakumo Koizumi)'s collection of Japanese folk tales. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 11, 7.30pm, Science Museum, Jun 25. 2.30pm, 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
Classical in Cinema
Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a programme of classical music concerts and operas, including the following film. Until January 2012. AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; Broadway The One, 6-11/F, The One, 100 Nathan Rd, TST; Grand Ocean, Ocean Centre, 3 Canton 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
Der Ring des Nibelungen: Das Rheingold
Film of the first of German composer Richard Wagner's four epic opera cycle centring on the battle for a ring made of gold from the river Rhine that grants its wearer the power to rule the universe (but only if he or she renounces love) and is sought after even by the gods. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 12, 4pm, Grand Ocean, Jun 12, 7pm, Palace IFC.