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Film

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 July, 2011, 12:00am

New Releases

Kung Fu Panda 2 (I) Cantonese and English versions)

See review on this page.

Soul Kitchen (IIB) (German and Greek)

See review on this page.

Dancing Dreams (IIA) (German)

Dance documentary following a group of teenagers who, over the course of a year, rehearse in preparation for a performance of one of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch's signature pieces. CT

Love Is The Only Answer (IIB) (Cantonese)

Patrick Kong romance about a couple (Alex Fong Lik-sun and Charmaine Sheh Sze-man) who, despite cancelling their wedding on the day itself, stay friendly and go to a swingers party together a year later. CT

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. 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. 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 Hangover Part II (IIB)

Sequel to Todd Phillips' 2009 comedy sees Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug in Thailand for Stu's wedding. CT

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (IIA) (Cantonese and English versions)

The final Harry Potter film sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) continuing their quest to find and destroy Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes)'s remaining Horcruxes (items that contain the dark lord's soul) - and Voldemort himself. CT

Luna Sea 3-D in Los Angeles (I)

Concert film featuring the Japanese rock band performing in the US. Not reviewed.

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.

Mr Popper's Penguins (I)

Jim Carrey stars in a comedy about a Manhattan real estate developer whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six penguins. 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. LKW

The Tree of Life (IIA)

Terrence Malick's epic drama about a man (Sean Penn) whose life is shaped by his childhood - and his relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). CT

Art House

Morning Matinee

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 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 into a situation where various martial arts exponents with scores to settle against him await. In Cantonese. Jul 22, 11am, Film Archive.

The Ghost with Six Fingers, Concluding Episode

The third of three wuxia films adapted from Ni Kuang's serialised novel sees the martial arts story's protagonist searching for the six-fingered Strings Demon who plays mesmerising notes on the lute. with dramatic consequences. In Cantonese. Jul 29, 11am, Film Archive.

Asian Reflections

The Asia Society presents the following programme of five films that collectively reflect the diversity of Asia. Until Jul 31. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$65 (Asia Society members HK$50) HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 2103 9508

Toilet

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.

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. Mainly in English. Jul 23, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.

Hello Stranger

Romantic comedy about a Thai soccer fanatic and his female Korean drama fan compatriot who decide to tour South Korea together. In Thai and Korean with English subtitles. 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 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 30, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.

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

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 five. Jul 23-31. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273

Jellyfish

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. In Hebrew, Tagalog and German with English subtitles. Jul 23, 2.30pm, Jul 31, 8pm, HK Arts Centre.

Amer

Horror-thriller charting the life of a woman whose existence is defined by three key sensual moments. Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani direct. In French with English subtitles. Jul 23, 5.30pm, Jul 31, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

3-Iron

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.

Zoo

Docudrama about zoophilia inspired by a real-life case that took place in Washington state in 2005, in which a man died as a result of his injuries from sexual encounters with a horse. Robinson Devor directs. In English. Jul 29, 7.30pm, Jul 30, 5.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

The Wayward Cloud

Tsai Ming Liang's musical centring on a woman (Chen Shiang-chyi) who rekindles a romance with an old flame (Lee Kang-sheng) who has become a porn star. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 30, 2.30pm, Jul 31, 5.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Singham

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 extortionist from Goa sends someone in his stead to sign for his bail. In Hindi with English subtitles. Jul 23, 9.30pm, Golden Harvest Whampoa, L2 Whampoa Plaza, Whampoa Garden, 7 Tak On St, Hung Hom, HK$120-HK$180. Inquiries: 2366 7725

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' adaptation of Marguerite Duras' 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 23, 2.30pm, Film Archive.

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 five films. Until Sept 13. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

July 13th

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

Crime drama about 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 (Helena Law Lan)'s flat 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.

The Seven Tigers

Martial arts actioner revolving around an alliance of patriots who unite to challenge a Chinese traitor who has joined forces with the Manchus and his bullying son. Wu Pang directs. In Cantonese. Jul 29, 7.30pm, Aug 21, 4.30pm, Film Archive.

Driver No 7

Drama centring on a bus driver who experiences highs and lows after he helps a young woman escape from local ruffians intent on forcing her to become a prostitute. In Cantonese: Jul 30, 7pm; Putonghua dubbed version: Aug 21, 7pm, Film Archive.

Ten Brothers

Comedy inspired by a traditional fairy tale about 10 sons, all with special powers, born to a fisherman's wife after she swallowed 10 magic pearls to prevent a covetous marshal who had imprisoned her husband from getting his hands on them. In Cantonese. Jul 31, 5pm, Aug 28, 4.30pm, 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 eight 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

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 23, 8pm, Space Museum, Aug 12, 7.30pm, 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 24, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Jul 31, 5pm, Science Museum.

The Magician

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.

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 24, 5pm, Space Museum.

The Crocodiles

Drama revolving around a gang 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.

The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams

Animated film about a little boy who is asked by the Sandman responsible for bringing people sweet dreams each night and his faithful sheep Neopomuk to make things right again after the evil Habumar steals the Sand of Dreams and takes control of Dreamland. In French with Chinese and English subtitles: Jul 25, 7.30pm, Science Museum. In German with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation: Aug 7, 7.30pm, Aug 14, 2.30pm, Film Archive.

In The Attic: Who Has A Birthday Today?

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 30, 5pm, Film Archive, Aug 13, 8pm, Science Museum.

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 (for AMC Pacific Place), www2.cinema.com.hk (for Broadway cinemas) and 2377 2100 (for Grand Ocean). Inquiries: 6336 3595

The Ring - Siegfried

Film of La Fura dels Baus' live performance in Valencia's Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia of the third part of Richard Wagner's The Ring epic tetralogy; with Zubin Mehta conducting the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valencia and Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 31, 4pm, Grand Ocean, also Jul 31, 7pm, Palace IFC.

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