Reviews by Paul Fonoroff, Lau Kit-wai and Clarence Tsui
Dream House (IIA)See review on this page.
Hong Kong Ghost Stories (IIB) (Cantonese) See review on this page.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (IIB)
Horror tale centring on a young girl sent to live with her father and his new love who discovers creatures in her new home that want her as one of their own. Not reviewed.
In Time (IIB)
Sci-fi-action-thriller about a man (Justin Timberlake) who teams up with a young heiress (Amanda Seyfried) to destroy the corrupt system in a future where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor struggle to make it through another day. Not reviewed.
3-D Lion King (I)
Stereoscopic version of the animated musical tale of a guilt-ridden lion cub who, after being tricked into thinking he killed his father, flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King. Not reviewed.
3 Idiots (IIA) (Hindi, Urdu and English)
Bollywood comedy about two friends who embark on a journey to find their lost buddy (Aamir Khan). CT
Crazy Stupid Love (IIA)
Romantic comedy about a man (Steve Carell) whose life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Also starring Ryan Gosling. Not reviewed.
Friends with Benefits (IIB)
Romantic comedy about two people (Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis) who wish to have sex with each other but remain buddies. CT
Johnny English Reborn (IIA)
Comedy-spy thriller about a secret agent (Rowan Atkinson) who is summoned by MI7 to lead a mission to foil the assassination plot of the Chinese premier. CT
Life Without Principle (IIB) (Cantonese)
Johnnie To Kei-fung's crime drama follows a gangster (Lau Ching-wan), a bank officer (Denise Ho Wan-sze) and a policeman (Richie Jen Hsien-chi) on one chaotic day, their desperate scramble for cash leading each to make choices that could lead them - and others - to ruin. PF
Paranormal Activity 3 (IIB)
Prequel to the first two Paranormal Activity horror movies goes back to the 1980s and centres on two young sisters whose home is haunted by an unseen entity. Not reviewed.
Real Steel (IIA)
Hugh Jackman stars in a sci-fi action drama centring on a washed-up ex-boxer turned promoter who feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. CT
Freddie Highmore stars in S.J. Clarkson's adaptation of food writer Nigel Slater's bitter-sweet memoir of his childhood. LKW
The Thing (IIB)
Sci-fi-horror prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic revolves around a paleontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who joins a Norwegian scientific team that stumbles across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice in Antarctica. Not reviewed.
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (IIB) (Putonghua)
Herman Yau Lai-to's historical drama about the exploits of Chinese female revolutionary and poet Qiu Jin. Not reviewed.
You are the Apple of My Eye (IIB) (Mandarin)
Giddens Ko Ching-teng's adaptation of his autobiographical coming-of-age novel about a mischievous high school student, his friends and the girl he'll never forget. CT
HK Asian Film Festival 2011
The HK Asian Film Festival presents a programme of more than 70 films from various parts of Asia, including the following 16 films. Until Nov 8. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; Broadway The One, 6-11/F The One, 100 Nathan Rd, TST, HK$65; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: www.hkaff.asia
The Killer Who Never Kills
Jam Hsiao Jing-teng stars in this romantic comedy about an 'assassin' - whose modus operandi is to fake the deaths of his targets and give them new identities - whose first 'victim' returns to declare her love for him. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Oct 27, 7.30pm, Broadway The One, Oct 29, 9.55pm, Palace IFC.
Wang Xiaoshuai's semi-biographical drama, set in 1960s China, about a girl (Gao Yuanyuan) who, happy in her provincial surroundings, questions her displaced worker father's obsessive desire for his family to return to Shanghai. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Oct 27, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Oct 29, 4.10pm, Palace IFC.
Lou Ye's neo-noir thriller about a club performer (Zhou Xun) who attracts the attention of an ex-con (Jia Hongsheng) who once loved and betrayed the club performer's doppelganger. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Oct 27, 9.50pm, Broadway The One, Oct 29, 6.30pm, Palace IFC.
The Yellow Sea
Na Hong-jin's crime drama-thriller centring on a debt-ridden Yanji taxi driver who becomes the target of the police, the mafia and others after a hit job he reluctantly took on in Seoul goes awry. In Korean with English subtitles. Oct 28, 7.15pm, Broadway The One, Oct 30, 9.30pm, Palace IFC.
Lou Ye's drama about three men and two women linked together by a sexually charged and poetically melancholic love affair. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Oct 28, 9.45pm, Palace IFC, Nov 5, 5.35pm, Broadway The One.
The Red Eagle
Wisit Sasanatieng's superhero actioner centring on a hardened ex-special forces agent (Ananda Everingham) who fights criminals and the corrupt as masked vigilante Red Eagle. In Thai with English subtitles. Oct 28, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 3, 9.50pm, Broadway The One.
Kaidan Horror: Classics II - The Nose + The Days After
Double bill of short films comprising: Lee Sang-Il's horror tale centring on a priest with a hideous nose who kills a young local boy in a moment of blinding anger; and Hirokazu Kore-eda's ghost story about a married couple who thinks the young boy who visits their house daily may be the ghost of their dead infant son. In Japanese with English subtitles. Oct 28, 9.50pm, Broadway The One, Nov 8, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Amitabh Bachchan stars in Prakash Jha's socio-political drama revolving around four people whose love and friendships are put to the test by the controversial caste-based reservation system. In Hindi with English subtitles. Oct 29, 4.50pm, Nov 2, 9.30pm, Broadway The One.
Katsuhito Ishii's crime thriller centring on a failed actor forced to repay his debt to the yakuza by helping shady characters transport sensitive packages at night, who finds himself in big trouble when his latest package turns out to be the body of a murdered yakuza boss. In Japanese with English subtitles. Oct 29, also Nov 1, 9.50pm, Broadway The One.
The Sword Identity
Xu Haofeng's philosophical tale concerning a legendary sword that stirs up the wuxia world, and a simple but powerful martial arts move that will render anyone virtually invincible. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Oct 30, 2pm, Broadway The One, Nov 7, 9.40pm, Palace IFC.
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I
First part of Wei Te-sheng's historical epic based on the true story of the 1930 Wushe Incident, when the aboriginal Seediq peoples of Taiwan rebelled against Japanese imperialist forces. In Seediq language, Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles. Oct 30, 4.20pm, Broadway The One.
Tang Wei and Hyun Bin star in Kim Tae-yong's set-in-Seattle drama about a prison inmate granted a three-day parole to attend her mother's funeral who meets and bonds with a caddish man on the run. In English, Putonghua and Korean with English subtitles. Oct 30, 5.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 2, 7.40pm, Palace IFC.
Lou Ye's romantic drama chronicling the personal and political upheaval spanning over 16 years in the life of a restless young woman (Hao Lei). In Putonghua with English subtitles. Oct 30, 4.50pm, Palace IFC.
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II
Concluding part of Wei Te-sheng's historical epic depicts the guerilla warfare employed as the Seediq, led by Chief Mouna Rudo, use Taiwan's mountains and forests in their fight against the imperialist Japanese forces. In Seediq language, Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles. Oct 30, 7pm, Broadway The One.
Gareth Evans' actioner revolving around a Swat team's attempt to extract a powerful drug lord from an apartment block filled with dangerous criminals. Starring Iko Uwais. In Indonesian with English subtitles. Oct 30, 7.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque.
Chinese Film Panorama 2011
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department and South China Film Industry Workers Union present a programme of nine Chinese films, including the following three films. Until Nov 13. HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
The Law of Attraction
Romantic anthology of four short stories about love and attraction in the city. Starring Karen Mok Man-wai, Zhang Jingchu, Guo Tao and Leon Dai Li-jen. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 28, 7.30pm, also Nov 20, 2pm, HK Film Archive, Nov 12, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
Li Yapeng and Xu Jinglei star in a three-part anthology film looking at romance and love in contemporary China. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 29, 2pm, HK Film Archive, Nov 11, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum.
Liu Ye stars in a crime drama-actioner about a discharged navy man turned crime-fighting crusader who uses fighting techniques he learnt in the navy to foil the bad guys. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 29, 7.30pm, Nov 13, 2pm, HK Space Museum, Nov 18, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.
KINO/11 - Recent German Film Productions
Goethe-Institut HK presents a programme of 13 German feature films, including the following six films. Until Oct 31. AMC Festival Walk, U/G Level, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong; AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central; HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; and HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, HK$60 Urbtix and respective cinemas. Inquiries: 28020088
If Not Us, Who?
Andres Veiel's dramatised depiction of the young activists who would become central figures of the Baader-Meinhof gang. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 28, 7.30pm, AMC Pacific Place.
Hawa Essuman's drama about a 14-year-old Nairobi slum dweller (Samson Odhiambo) who embarks on a quest to retrieve his gambler father's lost soul. In Kiswahili with English subtitles. Oct 28, 9.55pm, AMC Pacific Place.
Drama about a German man working on a sleeping-sickness research programme who is reluctant to leave Africa even though his wife wishes to return to Germany. In German, French and Dutch with English subtitles. Oct 29, 2pm, AMC Festival Walk.
Chris Kraus' drama about an 80-year-old woman (Monica Bleibtreu) who teaches the piano at a women's prison, with one of her students a former music prodigy imprisoned for murder. In German with English subtitles. Oct 29, 3.50pm, AMC Festival Walk.
Young Goethe in Love
Historical biopic about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that focuses on the poet-philosopher-polymath's law student days and his early love affairs. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 30, 7.50pm, AMC Pacific Place.
Lessons of a Dream
Drama centring on a young teacher (Daniel Br?hl) hired to teach English at a strict German school for boys in 1874 who introduces soccer to his students. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 30, 9.50pm, AMC Pacific Place.
Master of Versatility: Lee Tit
The HK Film Archive presents a showcase of director Lee Tit's films, including the following two films. Until Dec 18. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900
Her Unrequited Love
Fong Yim-fun stars in this melodrama about a Cantonese opera actress who falls in love with a drama critic but is pressed by a wealthy man to become his concubine. In Cantonese. Oct 29, 6.30pm, Dec 18, noon, HK Film Archive.
The Warlord and the Beauty
Melodrama with a love rectangle involving an actress (Pak Suet-sin) who tries to protect her former lover from the persecution of a powerful official (Ng Cho-fan). In Cantonese. Oct 29, 8.30pm, Dec 18, 2pm, HK Film Archive.
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; Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central; and The Podium, L4, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Rd, Cyberport. HK$75-HK$190 HK Ticketing (for The Podium) and respective cinemas. Inquiries: 6336 3595
Christian Thielemann conducts Ren?e Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, the M?nchner Philharmoniker and Philharmonia Chor Wien performing Richard Strauss' comic opera about love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 30, 8pm, AMC Pacific Place, Nov 6, 1pm, Broadway The One, Nov 13, 8pm, Palace IFC.