Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
The Beaver (IIA)
See review on this page.
Wu Xia (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua versions)
See review on this page.
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita and the Steel Troops - the New Age (I) (Cantonese)
Latest instalment of the animated adventures of an earless robotic cat from the 22nd century and his human schoolboy pal sees them going up against a robot army set to attack the earth and enslave its human inhabitants. Not reviewed.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (IIB)
Comedy/horror/mystery following the adventures of an 'investigator of the undead' (Brandon Routh) who goes up against werewolves, vampires and more in New Orleans. CT
Nowhere Boy (IIB)
Biographical dramatisation of John Lennon's life, focusing on his relationship as an adolescent with his stern aunt who is raising him and absentee mother who re-enters his life at a crucial moment in his young life. 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. 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
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
The Hangover Part II (IIB)
Sequel to Todd Phillips' 2009 comedy sees Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) 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
Kung Fu Panda 2 (I) Cantonese and English versions)
Po, the fat panda/Dragon Warrior, returns in an animated action comedy in which he has to uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins to find the strength to defeat the villainous Lord Shen who plans to use a powerful weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. CT
Love Is The Only Answer (IIB) (Cantonese)
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
Luna Sea 3-D in Los Angeles (I) (Japanese)
Concert film featuring the Japanese rock band performing in the US. Not reviewed.
Mr Popper's Penguins (I)
Jim Carrey stars in a comedy about a successful Manhattan real estate developer whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six penguins. CT
Soul Kitchen (IIB) (German and Greek)
Fatih Akin's comedy about an owner (Adam Bousdoukos) of a neighbourhood eatery whose seemingly stable life suddenly falls apart when his girlfriend leaves for Shanghai. 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 - and his relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). CT
Omnimax show chronicling a May 2009 space mission to maintain and upgrade the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Hubble Space Telescope. English shows Sat-Sun, 8.30pm; otherwise in Cantonese. Narrations in Cantonese, Putonghua, English and Japanese are also available through headphones. Daily (except Tue), 1.30pm, 5pm, 8.30pm. Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$24, HK$32 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0226. Ends Aug 31
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, 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.
The Azure Blood and the Golden Pin, Part One
The first part of Chan Lit-bun's adaptation of Or Lung-sang's martial arts novel about unrest in the martial world with different people out to steal important objects such as the Shaolin Temple's Vessel Strengthening Manuscript, a precious sword and the Marvellous Book of the South Sea. In Cantonese. Aug 5, 11am, Film Archive.
The Asia Society presents a programme of five films that collectively reflect the diversity of Asia, including the following three films. 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
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
Allegorical drama about a boatman who navigates the salt islands of Iran's Lake Urmia and listens to his passengers' heartaches. In Persian with English subtitles. Jul 30, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
Drama about an engineer who, after his mother's death, moves back home to care for his dysfunctional Eurasian family. In English. Jul 31, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.
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 four films. Until Sept 13. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
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. Cheung Ying directs and stars. In Cantonese: Jul 30, 7pm; Putonghua dubbed version: Aug 21, 7pm, Film Archive.
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.
Many Aspects of Love
Tso Kea's adaptation of Zhang Henshui's romance melodrama revolving around one good man, two bad guys and two good women. In Cantonese. July 31, 7pm, Sept 11, 4.30pm, 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. Until Jul 31. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273
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.
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 30, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
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 31, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
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 31, 8pm, HK Arts Centre.
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 and three short film programmes. 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
Ricky Rapper And The Bicycle Thief
Musical comedy about a rap-loving boy who goes off with his best friend to get back his new bicycle after it is stolen. In Finnish with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 30, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Aug 7, 7.30pm, Space Museum.
In The Attic: Who Has A Birthday Today?
Jiri 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 30, 5pm, Film Archive, Aug 13, 8pm, Science Museum.
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 30, 7.30pm, Science Museum, Aug 7, 5pm, Space 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 31, 2.30pm, Aug 9, 7.30pm, Science Museum.
Joram Luersen's drama about a boy who tries to bring back his best friend after she vanishes in the middle his father's magic show. In Dutch with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 31, 2.30pm, Film Archive, Aug 8, 7.30pm, Science Museum.
I Am Kalam
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 31, 5pm, Science Museum.
Noemie, The Secret
Drama about a young girl who hunts for treasure she believes is hidden within her upstairs neighbour's apartment. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 31, 7.30pm, Science Museum, Aug 6, 8pm, Space Museum.
Jasper: Journey To The End Of the World
Animated film revolving around two penguin brothers who set out to rescue the rare Kakapo bird eggs from a villain with the help of a little human girl. In English with live Cantonese interpretation. Aug 2, 7.30pm, Aug 14, 8pm, Science Museum.
Homecoming + Chinese Opera Boy
Short film double bill comprising: Kwok Zune's drama looking at the life of a Filipina woman who left her family in the Philippines to become a domestic helper in Hong Kong (in Cantonese, English and Filipino with Chinese and English subtitles); and Clara Wong Yuen-yin's drama about a secondary school student who wishes to become a Cantonese Opera master performer's apprentice (in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Aug 5, 7.30pm, Aug 7, 2.30pm, Space Museum, Aug 14, 5pm, Film Archive.
World Animation and Shorts 1
Nine animated short films including: Boo and Baa Have Company about two small sheep characters who discover a meowing visitor while raking leaves off their lawn (in Swedish with Chinese and English subtitles); and Just So Stories: The Crab that Played With the Sea, about a giant crab and a little girl (in English with Chinese and English subtitles). With interactive session in Cantonese. Aug 6, 13, 2.30pm, Film Archive.
World Animation and Shorts 2
Six short films including: The King of the Island, an animated film about a six-year-old boy who dreams of meeting his father who went missing at sea (in Italian with Chinese and English subtitles); and Good Advice, a live-action drama about a boy who decides to run away from home but before doing so, records a cassette tape with advice for his yet-to-be-born brother (in Swedish with Chinese and English subtitles). With interactive session in Cantonese. Aug 6, 13, 5pm, Film Archive.
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 German with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation: Aug 7, 7.30pm, Aug 14, 2.30pm, Film Archive.
Ajay Devgn stars in Rohit Shetty's Bollywood action drama remake of Tamil film Singam about a small town policeman who encounters problems after an extortionist from Goa sends someone in his stead to sign for his bail. Also starring Kajal Agarwal. In Hindi with English subtitles. Jul 30, 9.30pm, Golden Gateway, G/F The Gateway, 25 Canton Rd, TST, HK$100-HK$180. Inquiries: 2366 7725
Classical in Cinema
Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a HD programme of classical music concerts and operas, including the following two HD 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; 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.
Romeo et Juliette
Film of the Salzburg Festival production of Charles Gounod's operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's tragic story about two star-crossed lovers (tenor Rolando Villaz?n and soprano Nino Machaidze). Yannick N?zet-S?guin conducts the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 6, 5pm, Broadway The One, Aug 14, 7pm, AMC Pacific Place, Aug 21, 5pm, Sept 4, 7pm, Palace IFC.
InDPanda International Short Film Festival
InD Blue presents 13 programmes of independent short films from around the world, including the following three programmes. Aug 5-28. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2572 7202
Another Berlinale Affairs
Programme of seven short films shown at the Berlin International Film Festival including: Minnie Loves Junior, about a girl who has an unrequited love for a boy living in the same seaside fishing village as her (in English); and Incident by a Bank, a comedic recreation of an actual failed bank robbery that occurred in Stockholm in June 2006 (in Swedish with English subtitles). Aug 5, 7.30pm, Aug 21, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Programme of four short films about life including: Inhalation, about an unhappy farm worker who steals some money from her boyfriend and boards a ship to Japan but then is deported from that country (in Mandarin with English subtitles); and Strangers No More, a documentary looking at a Tel Aviv school whose students come from 48 different countries (in English and Hebrew with English subtitles). Aug 5, 9.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Gay Shorts 1
Programme of five gay-themed short films including: Slut - The Musical, a gay love story featuring 1980s fashion, dance numbers, glitter and fun (in English); and I Was a Teenage Werebear, a parody of 1960s drive-in movies whose subject is the life of a closeted new boy who falls for Malibu High School's mysterious bad boy (in English). Aug 6, 7.45pm, Aug 17, 7.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Taiwan AnimA Collection
Hulu Culture presents a series of Taiwanese animated short film programmes, including the following programme. Aug 5-Sept 18. Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin St, Shek Kip Mei, free. Inquiries: 2780 2283
Taiwan New Talents Session 1
Programme of seven animated shorts including Liang Ya-ting's Birth of Calligraphy, Chen Ming-ho's Root and Chen Chao-chi's Rainy House. Variously without dialogue, in Mandarin with English subtitles and in English with Chinese subtitles. Aug 5, 7.30pm, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre.
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
Letter from an Unknown Woman
Adaptation of Stefan Zweig's romantic novella about a woman who is unrequitedly in love with a dissolute pianist. Starring Joan Fontaine. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 6, 7.30pm, Film Archive, Aug 20, 2.30pm, Science Museum.
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
A Matter of Life and Death
Romance about a second world war bomber pilot (David Niven) who falls in love with a US radio operator (Kim Hunter) but then is told that heaven has made an error and he actually should be alive. In English with English subtitles. Aug 7, 2pm, Film Archive