Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Kevin Kwong, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Henry's Crime (IIB)
See review on this page.
Love for Life (IIB) (Putonghua)
See review on this page.
The Conspirator (IIA)
Robert Redford's historical drama about the lone woman (Robin Wright) charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. CT
Green Lantern (IIA)
Sci-fi/crime actioner centring on a DC Comics superhero - the first human selected to be a member of the intergalactic peace-keeping Green Lantern Corps - and his efforts to save the earth from the villainous Parallax. Not reviewed.
Something Borrowed (IIA)
Romantic-comedy revolving around two female friends (Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson) who fall for the same handsome jerk (Colin Egglesfield). CT
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 girlfriend (Shu Qi) 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
Fireworks from the Heart (I) (Japanese)
Melodrama about a cancer-stricken schoolgirl who, despite her illness, coaxes her elder brother out of his reclusive shell. 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
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (IIA)
Natalie Portman stars in Don Roos' drama about a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson. CT
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.
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
Coming-of-age story revolving around a precocious 15-year-old boy seeking to lose his virginity before his next birthday. CT
Super 8 (IIB)
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. 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
A Better Tomorrow
John Woo Yu-sum's crime drama about two triads (Chow Yun-fat and Ti Lung), the elder of whom has a younger brother (Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing) on the right side of the law. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 16, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Jun 21, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
Jacques Becker's real life-based drama about four inmates who attempt to escape from Paris' La Sant?prison. In French with English subtitles. Jun 16, 9.30pm, Palace IFC, Jun 25, 1.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Ann Hui On-wah's psychological thriller about a woman (Sylvia Chang Ai-chia) who embarks on her own investigation of a double murder that the police want to pin on a madman. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Jun 17, 8pm, Jun 25, 10pm, Broadway Mong Kok, Jun 28, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
The Red Circle
Jean-Pierre Melville's crime thriller revolving around a recently released ex-con (Alain Delon) who teams up with an escaped murderer (Gian Maria Volonte) and an ex-cop (Yves Montand) for a jewellery heist. In French with English subtitles. Jun 17, 9.30pm, Palace IFC.
Documentary-style police drama that follows a highly-strung Parisian narcotics officer as he goes about his work. Bertrand Tavernier directs. In French with English subtitles. Jun 18, 9.20pm, 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 18, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
Crime drama/thriller revolving around a small town lawyer who is brought into police custody and interrogated for several hours about the rape and murder of two little girls. In French with English subtitles. Jun 19, 5.50pm, 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 19, 8pm, Palace IFC.
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 20, 9.40pm, 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 22, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.
Alan Tang - Student Prince Forever
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of four films starring the late actor-producer-director Alan Tang Kwong-wing (1946-2011), including the following film. Until Jun 24. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
Crime actioner about an ex-triad boss (Alan Tang) recently released from prison and intent on looking for his daughter whom he hasn't seen in years. Also starring Andy Lau Tak-wah and Simon Yam Tat-wah. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 17, 11am, Film Archive.
InDBear International Film Festival
InD Blue presents a programme of 15 independent feature films, including the following three. Until Jun 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
She Came From
Drama revolving around a filmmaker who crosses paths in Busan with a rebellious young woman he gets inspired to write into a movie script. In Korean with English subtitles. Jun 18, 5.45pm, MCL Kornhill.
My Words, My Lies - My Love
Comedy about a waiter who claims to be the author of an unpublished manuscript he found to impress a woman that later becomes a best-selling novel. In German with English subtitles. Jun 18, 7.45pm, MCL Kronhill, Jun 26, 4pm, MCL Telford.
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 19, 3.45pm, MCL Kornhill.
Through the Innocent Eyes: Filmmakers on Childhood
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents eight films depicting childhood, including the following four. 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 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 18, 2.30pm, Film Archive.
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 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 family is killed by the Nazis. In Russian with Chinese and English subtitles. 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 19, 7.30pm, Space Museum.
Chinese Documentary Festival
Visible Record presents a programme of Chinese documentary shorts and feature films, including the following five films. Jun 18-Jul 9. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2540 7859
Thangka + The Heart of Qin in Hong Kong
Double bill comprising: Qian Yu's film about a Tibetan monk/Thangka artist who has to decide if he wants to engage with the outside world or lead a life of retreat in a monastery (in Putonghua and Tibetan with Chinese subtitles); and Maryam Goormaghtigh's exploration of the art of guqin music (in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Jun 18, 4pm, HK Arts Centre.
Mirror of Emptiness
Ma Li's documentary on the Se Xu Monastery, its annual prayer festival and the Tibetan sky-burial practices carried out by the people there. In Putonghua and Tibetan with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 18, 7.30pm, Jul 1, 4.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Zhou Hao's documentary look at Guangzhou's busiest police post. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 19, 4.30pm; also screening with Back on the Street, Jun 29, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
One Day in May
Ma Zhandong's documentary recording the post-quake emotions and attitudes of a family who lost a child in the Sichuan Earthquake of May 2008. In Putonghua and Sichuanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 19, 7.30pm, Jul 3, 4.15pm, HK Arts Centre.
Classical in Cinema
Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a HD 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
Leonard Bernstein: Mahler's Symphony No 2, Resurrection
Film of the 1974 concert in which maestro Bernstein conducted soprano Sheila Armstrong, mezzo soprano Janet Baker, the London Symphony Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus performing Mahler's symphonic work. Jun 18, 5.50pm, Jun 26, also Jul 10, 11.30am, Broadway The One, Jun 19, also Jul 3, 11.30am, Palace IFC, Jul 2, 11.30am, AMC Pacific Place.
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 two films. Until Jun 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
An Orphan's Tragedy
Chu Kea directs this 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. Jun 19, 2pm, Film Archive.
Crime drama based on Yuen Long's second world war-era serial novel about a collaborator who joins with the group of prisoners in his charge to steal a cache of gold from the hated Japanese occupiers. In Cantonese. Jun 19, 7.30pm, Film Archive.
Refugee Film Festival
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) presents the following programme of six films. Jun 19-23. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002
Documentary looking at the life and work of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello (1948-2003). In English, French and Portuguese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 19, 7.40pm, Jun 21, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
As We Forgive
Laura Waters Hinson's documentary revolving around two Rwandan women who come face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide in their country, and are faced with the question of whether they can forgive them. Mia Farrow narrates. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 19, 9.30pm, Jun 23, 8.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Erid Daniel Metzgar's documentary about Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times, who almost single-handedly brought the crisis in Darfur to the world's attention. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jun 20, 8pm, Jun 23, 9.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Slingshot Hip Hop
Documentary about Palestinian hip hop musicians who offer alternative voices of resistance to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. In Arabic, English and Hebrew with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 20, 9.45pm, Jun 22, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Moving to Mars
Documentary charting the journey made by two Myanmese families from a refugee camp on the Thai/Myanmar border to new homes in the British city of Sheffield. In English, Myanmese and Karen with Chinese and English subtitles. Jun 21, 8pm, Jun 22, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Hope without Future?
Duncan Jepson's documentary centring on a Nepalese couple whose hopes for a better life hinge on Nepal gaining political stability. In English and Nepali. Screening followed by a talk by the filmmaker. Jun 20, 7pm, Foreign Correspondents' Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, HK$250 (members HK$175), includes dinner, booking required. Inquiries: 2521 7251