Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Kevin Kwong, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (IIA) (Cantonese and English versions)
See review on this page.
Cure (IIB) (Thai and Cantonese)
See review on this page.
May'n The Movie - Phonic Nation - 3-D (I) (Japanese)
Stereoscopic concert documentary centring on voice artist turned J-pop singer May'n (aka May Nakabayashi). 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. Mo Lai Yan-chi directs. 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
Beach Spike (IIA) (Cantonese)
Beach volleyball actioner about two young women (Chrissie Chau Sau-na and Theresa Fu Wing) who are given special training by their kung fu master uncle (Lo Meng) to help them in their bid to triumph at a beach volleyball tournament. Not reviewed.
Beginning of the Great Revival (IIA) (Putonghua)
Cameo-studded blockbuster dramatising the events leading to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in the summer of 1921 in Shanghai. Starring Liu Ye and Chow Yun-fat. CT
Certified Copy (IIA) (French, English and Italian)
Abbas Kiarostami's film about a make-believe romance between a British writer (William Shimell) and a lonely French antique shop owner (Juliette Binoche). CT
The Conspirator (IIA)
Robert Redford's historical drama about a lone woman (Robin Wright) charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln and the lawyer (James McAvoy) engaged to uncover the truth and save her life. CT
The Hangover Part II (IIB)
Sequel to Todd Phillips' 2009 comedy sees Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug in Thailand for Stu's wedding. CT
Love for Life (IIB) (Putonghua)
Romantic drama about two Aids-infected lovers (Aaron Kwok Fu-shing and Zhang Ziyi) striving to marry each other in the face of discrimination and ailing health. LKW
Luna Sea 3-D in Los Angeles (I)
Concert film featuring the Japanese rock band performing in the US. Not reviewed.
Mr Popper's Penguins (I)
Jim Carrey stars in a comedy centring on a successful Manhattan real estate developer whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six adorable, lovable and mischievous penguins. 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. CT
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
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (IIA)
The third Transformers action blockbuster sees the Autobots learning of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon and racing against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. Michael Bay directs and Shia LaBeouf stars. LKW
The Tree of Life (IIA)
Terrence Malick's epic drama about a man (Sean Penn) whose life is shaped by his childhood in the 1960s, his rite of passage defined by his relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). 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. Starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. KK
The Asia Society presents the following programme of five films that collectively reflect the diversity of Asia. Jul 14-31. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$65 (Asia Society members HK$50) HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2103 9508
West Is West
Sequel to culture-clash comedy East Is East (1999) sees Salford chip shop owner George Khan (Om Puri) forcibly taking his youngest child (Aqib Khan) to Pakistan on what he hopes will be an educational visit for the troubled lad. Also starring Linda Bassett. Mainly in English. Jul 14, 7.30pm, Jul 23, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Banjong Pisanthanakun's romantic comedy about a Thai football fanatic-videogame nerd and a Thai woman who is a Korean drama fan who decide to tour South Korea together. In Thai and Korean with English subtitles. Jul 15, 7.30pm, Jul 24, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Memories in March
Drama about a bereaved mother who discovers through her newly deceased son's coworkers and friends that he lived his life in a way she had not previously known about. In Hindi and English with English subtitles. Jul 16, 4pm, Jul 29, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.
The White Meadows
Mohammad Rasoulof's allegorical drama revolving around a boatman who navigates the salt islands of Iran's Lake Urmia and listens to his passenger's heartaches. In Persian with English subtitles. Jul 17, 30, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Family drama about a 30-something engineer (Alex House) who, after his mother's death, moves back to his childhood home to care for his dysfunctional Eurasian family. Naoko Ogigami directs. In English. Jul 22, 7.30pm, Jul 31, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 1960s martial arts films produced by the HK Film Company, including the following two films. Until Aug 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
The Ghost with Six Fingers, Part One
The first of three wuxia films adapted from Ni Kuang's serialised novel starts the martial arts story off with a security company owner coming into possession of a gilded box that unleashes a Pandora box's load of troubles that take time and effort to resolve. In Cantonese. Jul 15, 11am, Film Archive.
The Ghost with Six Fingers, Part Two
The second of three wuxia films adapted from Ni Kuang's serialised novel continues with the martial arts story's protagonist (actress Connie Chan Po-chu playing a man) taken captive by the Twin Messengers of Ghost Palace, leading his father (Sek Kin) into a situation where various martial arts exponents with scores to settle against him await. In Cantonese. Jul 22, 11am, Film Archive.
Philippine Film Festival - CinePHILe: For the Love of Movies
The Philippine Consulate General and the Film Development Council of the Philippines present the following programme of six Filipino films. Until Jul 17. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, free with ticket. Inquiries: 2823 8534
Drama centring on an illiterate Filipino man who, together with his nine-year-old daughter, illegally cross the Filipino-Malaysian border to search for his wife in the east Malaysian state of Sabah. In Filipino (Badjao) with English subtitles. Jul 15, 5.30pm, Jul 16, 8.30pm, Jul 17, 11am, HK Arts Centre.
Ian Lore?os' drama revolving around three interconnected stories involving a Filipino-Chinese man preparing to permanently leave the Philippines to reunite with his family in the US, a married man and his nomadic travel agent mistress, and a neglected wife who has just moved into a new apartment with her husband. In Filipino with English subtitles. Jul 15, 7.30pm, Jul 16, 5.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
The Red Shoes
Drama revolving around a mother and son pair who both seem stuck to their pasts after losing the loves of their lives. In Filipino with English subtitles. Jul 16, 11am, HK Arts Centre.
Dan Villegas' coming-of-age drama centring on a young city boy in the first throes of love who witnesses the decadence revealing itself at a rural village's harvest festival. In Filipino with English subtitles. Jul 16, 1.30pm, Jul 17, 6.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Drama about a filmmaker who decides to makes a series of videos about himself, his community, and the beauty of life. In Filipino with English subtitles. Jul 16, 3.30pm, Jul 17, 8.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Musical set in a fictitious Middle Eastern emirate about a Filipina woman who goes abroad to work and becomes the nanny of the Sheik's eldest son. In Filipino (Ilokano) with English subtitles. Jul 17, 3.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following film. Ongoing. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901
Max Oph?ls' biographical drama about a beautiful courtesan who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men. Starring Martine Carol. In French with English subtitles. Jul 15, 7.30pm, Film Archive.
International Children's Film Carnival
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 10 feature films and 15 short films from different parts of the world, including the following nine feature films. Until Aug 14. 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$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Noemie, The Secret
Drama about a young girl who hunts for treasure she believes is hidden in her upstairs neighbour's apartment. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 16, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Jul 31, 7.30pm, Science Museum, Aug 6, 8pm, Space Museum.
Here Comes Lola
Drama about a nine-year-old girl with a strong imagination but who could do with having a friend in reality. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 16, 5pm, Film Archive, Jul 24, 7.30pm, Space Museum.
Jasper: Journey To The End Of the World
Animated film about two penguin brothers who set out to rescue the rare Kakapo bird eggs from a villain with the help of a little girl. In English with live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 17, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Aug 2, 7.30pm, Aug 14, 8pm, Science Museum.
I Am Kalam
Nila Madhab Panda's drama centring on a young boy (Harsh Mayar) working at his uncle's tea stand who befriends a prince who is around his age and, inspired by the words of former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, decides to change his life for the better. In Hindi with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 17, 5pm, Jul 24, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Jul 31, 5pm, Science Museum.
In The Attic: Who Has A Birthday Today?
Jir? Barta's animated film about a pretty doll living in an old trunk in an attic, whose friends try to rescue her after she is kidnapped by the cruel ruler of the Land of Evil. In Czech with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 18, 7.30pm, Aug 13, 8pm, Science Museum, Jul 30, 5pm, Film Archive.
The Little Comedian
Drama about a boy who wishes to become a great comedian like his father - only no one seems to find him funny. In Thai with Chinese and English subtitles; and post-screening talk in Cantonese by a registered HK Federation of Youth Groups social worker sharing parenting tips. Jul 19, Aug 12, 7.30pm, Science Museum, Jul 23, 8pm, Space Museum.
Joram Luersen's drama about a boy who tries to bring back his best friend after she vanishes in the middle of his father's magic show. In Dutch with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 24, 2.30pm, Space Museum, Jul 31, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Aug 8, 7.30pm, Science Museum.
Fuchsia the Mini-Witch
Family film about a wizard who finds an egg in the Witches' Wood and the mini-witch who hatches out of the egg. In Dutch with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Jul 24, 5pm, Film Archive, Jul 31, 2.30pm, Aug 9, 7.30pm, Science Museum.
Drama revolving around a cool boy group known as the Crocodiles who refuse to grant membership to Kai, a boy confined to a wheelchair, but end up banding together with him to break up a gang of burglars. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 24, 7.30pm, Aug 7, 5pm, Space Museum, Jul 30, 7.30pm, Science Museum.
Four Characters: A Tribute to Lee Hong-kum, Helena Law Lan, Lui Ming and Wang Lai
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 16 films showcasing four character actors, including the following three films. Until Sept 13. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
The Childless Wife
Helena Law Lan stars in this melodrama revolving around the daughter of a wealthy family locked in a loveless marriage who knows and goes about tormenting her husband's true love. In Cantonese. Jul 16, Aug 20, 7pm, Film Archive.
Horror-comedy centring on a police duo (David Wu and Michelle Reis) who investigate a series of apparent suicides tied together by a suicide manual and an old lady. Helena Law Lan also stars. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 23, Aug 27, 7pm, Film Archive.
Bullets Over Summer
Wilson Yip Wai-shun's crime drama revolving around two police detectives (Francis Ng Chun-yu and Louis Koo Tin-lok) who find themselves slowly but surely immersing themselves into a neighbourhood community after they commandeer a kindly but senile old woman's apartment for a prolonged stake out in a bid to net a major criminal and his gang. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 24, 7pm, Sept 11, 2pm, Film Archive.
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
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Alain Resnais' romantic drama revolving around a Japanese man and a French woman who meet in Hiroshima 14 years after the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb. In French, English and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 17, 7.30pm, Jul 23, 2.30pm, 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
Run Lola Run
Tom Tykwer's crime thriller following a young woman (Franka Potente) as she rushes around trying to collect 100,000 Deutsche Marks to save her boyfriend (Moritz Bleibtreu) from being killed by a gangster. In German with English subtitles. Jul 22, 8pm, Film Archive.
Lean Night 2011 - Fresh!
The HK Arts Centre presents a continuing programme of films made in the first decade of this century, including the following three. Jul 23-31. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 582 0273
Drama about three women living in Tel Aviv drawn together through a wedding banquet whose intersecting stories weave an unlikely portrait of modern Israeli life. Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen direct. In Hebrew, Tagalog and German with English subtitles. Jul 23, 2.30pm, Jul 31, 8pm, HK Arts Centre.
Horror-thriller charting the life of a woman whose existence is defined by three key sensual moments. H?l?ne Cattet and Bruno Forzani direct. In French with English subtitles. Jul 23, 5.30pm, Jul 31, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Kim Ki-duk's romantic crime drama about a young man who breaks into empty homes for fun and an abused wife he encounters in a large mansion he had thought was empty. In Korean with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 23, 30, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Ajay Devgn stars in Rohit Shetty's Bollywood action drama remake of Tamil film Singam about a small town policeman who encounters problems after a big time extortionist from Goa sends someone in his stead to sign for his bail. Also starring Kajal Agarwal. In Hindi with English subtitles. Jul 23, 9.30pm, Jul 24, 5.30pm, Golden Harvest Whampoa, L2 Whampoa Plaza, Whampoa Garden, 7 Tak On St, Hung Hom, HK$120-HK$180. Inquiries: 2366 7725