Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (IIA)
See review on this page.
Little White Lies (IIB) (French)
See review on this page.
Cars 2 (I) (Cantonese and English versions)
John Lasseter's animated adventure comedy has star race car Lightning McQueen and his tow truck pal Mater heading outside the US to compete in the World Grand Prix race, however the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets involved in international espionage. CT
The Fortune Buddies (IIA) (Cantonese)
Cameo-studded comedy about three friends who work various jobs in order to raise enough money so that one of them can get married. 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.
The Beaver (IIA)
Drama centring on a psychologically troubled man (Mel Gibson) who takes to using a beaver hand-puppet to help him communicate with others. CT
Captain America: The First Avenger (IIA)
Comic book actioner that sees a man initially deemed unfit for military service taking part in an experimental programme that turns him into a super soldier. Not reviewed.
Crayon Shinchan 2011 (IIA) (Cantonese)
Latest animated film instalment following the adventures of popular manga character Shinnosuke 'Shin' Nohara. CT
Dancing Dreams (IIA) (German)
Dance documentary following a group of teenagers who rehearse in preparation for a performance of one of Pina Bausch's signature pieces. CT
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. CT
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (IIB)
Comedy/horror/mystery following the adventures of an 'investigator of the undead' in New Orleans. 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's remaining Horcruxes - and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) 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. CT
Life in a Day (IIA) (various languages)
User-generated feature-length documentary shot on a single day - July 24, 2010 - that enlisted the global community to capture a moment of their lives on camera. 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
Mr Popper's Penguins (I)Jim Carrey stars in a comedy about a real estate developer whose chilly relationship with his family heats up after he inherits six penguins. CT
Nowhere Boy (IIB)
Biographical dramatisation of John Lennon's life, focusing on his adolescent years. CT
The Smurfs (I) (Cantonese and English versions)
Hybrid live-action and animated family comedy sees the Smurfs getting chased by an evil wizard out of their village and into New York City. CT
Soul Kitchen (IIB) (German and Greek)
Fatih Akin's comedy about an owner 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. 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
Wu Xia (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua versions)
Peter Chan Ho-sun's part period detective mystery, part martial arts drama about a detective (Takeshi Kaneshiro) investigating the past of a seemingly ordinary paper mill worker (Donnie Yen Ji-dan) who was able to defeat and kill two hardened fugitives. PF
HK Summer International Film Festival
The HK International Film Festival Society presents a programme of 23 feature films and five short films, including the following 19 feature films and one short film programme. Until Aug 23. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon; and and UA Langham Place, 8/F-11/F Langham Place, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, HK$65 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2970 3300
The Day He Arrives
Hong Sang-soo's drama revolving around a has-been filmmaker visiting a friend in Seoul who is taken to a bar run by a woman who is a dead-ringer for his professed real love. In Korean with English subtitles. Aug 11, 7.15pm, The Grand Cinema.
Takashi Miike's comedic live action cinematic adaptation of the anime TV series about a boy sent by his parents to the Ninja Academy who, armed with spikes and grenades, blunders through a series of (mis)adventures. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 12, 7.30pm, Aug 16, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Quattro Hong Kong 2 + Night Fishing
Anthology of four short films set in Hong Kong comprising: Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's Purple, Malaysian director Ho Yu Hang's Open Verdict, Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul's M Hotel and local filmmaker Stanley Kwan Kam-pang's 13 Minutes in the Lives of ... (in Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles); and PARKing CHANce (Park Chan-wook and Park Chan-kyong)'s shot-on-iPhone short film meditation on death rituals revolving around a man who wanders into the woods and fishes by a river (in Korean with English subtitles). Aug 12, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 14, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Documentary that has South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk reflecting on his career. In Korean with English subtitles. Aug 12, 9.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 15, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Carmen Comes Home
Keisuke Kinoshita's comedy about a woman (Hideko Takamine) working as a stripper in Tokyo who returns to her home village for a holiday. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 13, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Rachel Weisz stars in this political thriller centring on a policewoman assigned to be a United Nations peacekeeping contractor in post-war Bosnia who is thrust into an international scandal involving human trafficking and sex slavery. Also starring Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave. In English with Chinese subtitles. Aug 13, 5pm, The Grand Cinema, Aug 15, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place.
Claude Chabrol's character-driven drama about the conflicts that arise when a young urbanite returns to his hometown in the countryside. In French with English subtitles. Aug 13, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 20, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place.
Drama about four 20-somethings sharing a cramped Tokyo apartment whose lives change after a mysterious new flatmate moves in. Isao Yusikada directs. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 13, 5.15pm, HK Arts Centre, Aug 14, 9.40pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 22, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
Comedy about an office worker with a rapidly receding hairline who is given a new lease on life after he meets a peculiar shopkeeper that sells him a lovely new toupee. Renpei Tsukamoto directs. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 13, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Romantic comedy revolving around a young man who becomes attracted to his drama queen of a girlfriend's 15-year-old sister. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtititles. Aug 13, 9.30pm, Aug 16, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
The Good Time Girls
Claude Chabrol's drama about four young women who try find fulfilment and love in their banal lives. In French with English subtitles. Aug 13, 9.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 21, 9.30pm, UA Langham Place.
A Cat in Paris
Animated crime drama centring on a cat leading a double life that by day is a young girl's pet and by night is an assistant to a burglar. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 14, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre, Aug 19, 7.15pm, The Grand Cinema.
The Unfaithful Wife
Claude Chabrol's thriller revolving around a man who has his wife followed by a private detective because he suspects she is cheating on him. In French with English subtitles. Aug 14, 2.30pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 17, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.
Screwball comedy revolving around a 24-year-old office lady juggling five boyfriends at the same time who decides that she wants to get married after seeing her best friend get hitched. In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 14, 4pm, Aug 17, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre, Aug 22, 9.50pm, HK Science Museum.
Claude Chabrol's psychological study of two individuals - a man scarred by war and a lonely woman perversely drawn to danger - doubles up as a murder mystery involving gruesome killings taking place in a provincial French town. In French with English subtitles. Aug 14, 5.45pm, HK Space Museum, Aug 18, 9.45pm, HK Arts Centre.
The Suicide Forecast
Comedy about a professional baseball player turned insurance salesman (Ryoo Seung-bum) who belatedly realises that he has been selling insurance to customers with suicide attempts on their records. In Korean with English subtitles. Aug 14, 7pm, HK Arts Centre, Aug 20, 5.15pm, The Grand Cinema.
Carmen's Innocent Love
The satirical sequel to Carmen Comes Home sees the stripper protagonist (Hideko Takamine) falling for a playboy abstract painter despite his already being engaged to the daughter of a prominent right-wing politician. In Japanese with English subtitles. Aug 14, 7.40pm, HK Space Museum.
Psycho-thriller about a high school teacher with an elusive past whose untimely death inspires a policeman to seek the attending mortuary beautician's help to investigate. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 15, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre, Aug 20, 3pm, The Grand Cinema.
Celine Sciamma's drama centring on a sporty 10-year-old girl who passes herself off as a boy with ease - and who another girl develops a crush on. In French with English subtitles. Aug 16, 9.30pm, Aug 20, 7.45pm, UA Langham Place.
Modern-day fairy tale for adults about a man working the night shift at a hotel who encounters a strange woman who tells him she is a fairy and will grant him three wishes. In French with English subtitles. Aug 17, 9.30pm, Aug 21, 7.30pm, UA Langham Place.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 1960s martial arts films produced by the HK Film Company, including the following film. Until Aug 26. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139
The Azure Blood and the Golden Pin, Part Two
The second part of Chan Lit-bun's adaptation of Or Lung-sang's martial arts novel follows the protagonists as they go in search of revenge against a scheming villain who, among other things, causes a woman to use a golden hairpin to destroy her own face. In Cantonese. Aug 12, 11am, HK 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 three films. Until Sept 13. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Griffin Yueh Feng's dramatic adaptation of the Ming dynasty novel about a lustful merchant whose road to ruin begins in earnest after he takes an adulterous woman (Linda Lin Dai) as one of his concubines. Also starring Kelly Lai Chen and Wang Lai. In Mandarin. Aug 12, 7.30pm, Aug 28, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
Her Tender Heart
Melodrama about a woman (Wang Lai) who abandoned her husband (Wang Yin) and daughter (Lucilla You Min) but returns years later to try to re-establish ties with the girl, albeit in the guise of her aunt. In Mandarin. Aug 13, 7pm, Sept 13, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
Drama centring on a tiger-killing constable who finds things amiss at the home he shares with his brother and sister-in-law after returning from a long journey. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 14, 7pm, Aug 27, 4.30pm, HK 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 four feature films and three short film programmes. Until Aug 14. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK 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. Aug 12, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum.
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 13, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
World Animation and Shorts 2
Six short films including: The King of the Island, an animated film about a 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 13, 5pm, HK Film Archive.
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. Aug 13, 8pm, HK 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 German with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Aug 14, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.
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 14, 5pm, HK Film Archive.
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 the evil Dr Block, with the help of a little girl named Emma. In English with live Cantonese interpretation. Aug 14, 8pm, HK Science Museum.
InDPanda International Short Film Festival
InD Blue presents 13 programmes of independent short films from around the world, including the following six programmes. Until Aug 28. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2572 7202
Gay Shorts 2
Programme of six gay-themed short films including: A Word, about a tumultuous day in the life of a man that sees him dumped by his boyfriend and engaging in a series of intense encounters with strangers (in Hebrew with English subtitles); and I Want Your Love, centring on a pair of best friends whose relationship turns sexual one day after imbibing some alcohol (in English). Aug 12, 7,45pm, Aug 23, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Flashback ... In the Name of Young Love
Programme of four short films by Taiwanese filmmakers including: Li Chun-hong's Her Blurring Face, revolving around the filmmaker's efforts to recall details about her grandmother; and Ko Chen-nian's Horse with No Name, centring on a teenager who seeks refuge from being bullied by his schoolmates in a dark room. All films in Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 13, 9.40pm, Aug 25, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Gay Shorts 3
Programme of five gay-themed short films including: Festi(sh)ame, an exploration of queer sexual festishes and connections to shame (in English with English subtitles); and Sisters, about a homosexual brother of a bride who gets roped in by his cheeky aunt to become one of the bridesmaids at his sister's wedding (in Mandarin with English subtitles). Aug 14, 7.45pm, Aug 20, 7.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Preoccupation + Male
Two video collages by Veronique Sapin and C.M. Judge respectively consisting of: 34 videos concerning the actual preoccupation of a Fem-link female video artist; and 32 videos on men and being male. Various languages with English subtitles. Aug 15, 7.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Show Me the Money
Programme of short films about money by 10 young Korean independent filmmakers including: Neo-Liberal Man, centring on a lottery player who wins 4,000 billion won over the course of a year; and Penny Lover, about a woman who is given just one cent by a younger sex-partner who also reveals to her that he's seeing someone else. In Korean with English subtitles. Aug 16, 9.45pm, 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 homosexual new boy who falls for Malibu High School's mysterious bad boy (in English). Aug 17, 7.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Amitabh Bachchan stars in a socio-political drama revolving around four people whose love and friendship are put to the test by the controversial caste-based reservation system. In Hindi with English subtitles. Aug 12, 9.30pm, Golden Gateway, G/F The Gateway, 25 Canton Rd, TST; Aug 13, 9.30pm, Aug 14, 5.30pm, GH Whampoa. L2 Whampoa Plaza, Whampoa Garden, 7 Tak On St, Hung Hom, 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 HD 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
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 Villazon and soprano Nino Machaidze). Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 14, 7pm, AMC Pacific Place, Aug 21, 5pm, Sept 4, 7pm, Palace IFC.