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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 November, 2011, 12:00am

New Releases

Starry Starry Night (IIA) (Mandarin)

See review on this page.

The Three Musketeers 3-D (IIA)

See review on this page.

Sleepwalker in 3-D (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua)

Oxide Pang Chun's horror thriller about a sleepwalking woman (Lee Sin Jie) who is considered a suspect in her ex-husband's murder. Not reviewed.

Tower Heist (IIA)

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy star in Brett Ratner's comedy caper about a group of hardworking men who conspire to rob a wealthy businessman after discovering they're victims of his Ponzi scheme. Not reviewed.

General Releases

3 Idiots (IIA) (Hindi, Urdu and English)

Raju Hirani's Bollywood comedy about two friends who embark on a journey to find their lost buddy (Aamir Khan). CT

3-D Lion King (I)

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.

Crazy Stupid Love (IIA)

Romantic comedy about a middle-aged man (Steve Carell) whose life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Not reviewed.

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.

Dream House (IIA)

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz star in a horror-thriller about a family who learn of a brutal crime committed against former residents of their seemingly idyllic new home. LKW

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

The Help (IIA)

Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's civil rights-era novel about a white college graduate who decides to write a book about the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern white families. CT

Hong Kong Ghost Stories (IIB) (Cantonese)

Two-part supernatural compendium comprising Wong Jing's story of a substitute teacher (Jennifer Tse Ting-ting) in a remote middle school whose roster includes a number of spooks and Patrick Kong's tale about the friends of a recently deceased woman (Chrissie Chau Sau-na) who gather at a funeral parlour and relate how they first met their late pal. PF

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.

Johnny English Reborn (IIA)

Comedy-spy thriller about a secret agent (Rowan Atkinson) who is summoned back by MI7 to England after years of living in forced exile in Tibet 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

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

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4-D (I)

Action comedy about a retired spy (Jessica Alba) who is called back into action to stop the evil Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) from taking over the planet with the help of her new twin step-children. 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

Art House

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 20 films. Until Nov 18. 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

11 Flowers

Wang Xiaoshuai's drama, set in the waning days of the Cultural Revolution, centring on an 11-year-old who encounters a runaway murderer in the woods and agrees to keep the fugitive's whereabouts a secret. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Nov 3, 9.50pm, Nov 5, 7.30pm, Palace IFC.

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. Nov 3, 9.50pm, Broadway The One.

Big Blue Lake

Jessey Tsang Tsui-shan's drama centring on a young woman (Leila Tong Ling) who returns to her home village of Ho Chung to start anew after years of self-exile. Also starring Lawrence Chou Tsun-wai. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Nov 4, 7.40pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 7, 7.30pm, Palace IFC.

Pigs And Battleships

Shohei Imamura's post-second world war Japan satire about the mutually exploitative relationship between American soldiers and local citizens in a poor community near a US naval base, with a main story about a young yakuza who gets a job supervising the naval base's pig pen, and his girlfriend who is drawn into prostitution in her effort to escape the slums with Kinta. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 4, 7.45pm, Broadway The One, Nov 13, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Season of the Sun

Takumi Furukawa's adaptation of novelist turned politician's Shintaro Ishihara dramatic depiction of a group of high school students' adventures as they drink, sail, and box their way through life. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 4, 8pm, Broadway The One, Nov 10, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Crazed Fruit

Ko Nakahira's adaptation of Shintaro Ishihara novel about two brothers (Yujiro Ishihara and Masahiko Tsugawa) who fall in love with the same girl (Mie Kitahara) one summer at a beach. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 4, 9.45pm, Broadway The One, Nov 16, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Alms of the Blind Horse

Drama about a day in the life of a man who joins his union on a labour strike, while his father stands silently and helplessly amidst protest against powerful landowners demolishing a building in their community; and his mother quietly simmers over the landlords' treatment of her fellow field workers. In Punjabi with English subtitles. Nov 4, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 7, 7.20pm, Broadway The One.

Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter

Meiko Kaji stars in the third instalment of the Stray Cat Rock exploitation film series in which the all-female Alleycats gang take on the all-male Eagles gang on the streets of Tachikawa, a Tokyo suburb near a US miltary base. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 4, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, Nov 12, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Inspired Island: The Man Behind the Book

Lin Jing-Jie's documentary looking at Taiwanese novelist Wang Wen-xing that also brings Wang's works to life through theatrical performances and animation. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 5, 1.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Inspired Island: Home In Two Cities

Documentary about Lin Hai-yin who was considered the doyenne of Taiwanese literature and looked upon as a selfless mother figure who nurtured a generation of the island's writers. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 5, 3.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Inspired Island: The Untrammeled Traveller

Documentary about the homecoming journey of Yu Kuang-chung, a writer known for his works about longing for the homeland. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 5, 4.25pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Spring Fever

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. Nov 5, 5.35pm, Broadway The One.

Mr Tree

Satirical tale about a humble car mechanic who, after he begins to experience peculiar visions of the future, becomes perceived as a respected prophet. In Putonghua with Simplified Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 5, 7.50pm, Nov 6, 7.45pm, Broadway The One.

The King of Pigs

Animated drama about a bankrupt businessman-murderer and a struggling writer, who look back to their past for answers, only to return to the present with more questions than before. In Korean with English subtitles. Nov 5, 9.50pm, Broadway The One, Nov 6, 5.30pm, Palace IFC.

The Inspired Island: Ports of Mists

Documentary about Taiwanese poet Zheng Chou-yu that makes use of his words, as well as imagery and music, to evoke a vibrant era of poetry. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 6, 1.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Inspired Island: Towards the Completion of a Poem

Documentary looking at the life and work of Taiwanese poet-essayist Yang Mu. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 6, 3.30pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Green Days

Ahn Jae-hoon and Han Hye-jin's nostalgic animated film relates the coming-of-age story of an insecure schoolgirl who a fellow student helps to dream and find her way. In Korean with English subtitles. Nov 6, 4pm, Broadway The One.

The Inspired Island: The Coming of Tulku

Documentary about Chou Meng-tieh, a 90-year-old Buddhist-influenced poet whose bookstall on Wuchang St was an iconic image of Taipei's 60s and 70s literary scene. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 6, 5pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Kora

Du Jiayi's screen adaptation of a popular novel about the true story of a man who takes a 2000-mile journey from Yunnan to Tibet on his bicycle to fulfill his late brother's wishes. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Nov 6, 7.45pm, Palace IFC, Nov 7, 9.50pm, Broadway The One.

Pick the Youth

Chen Ta-pu's drama centring on a schoolboy who, upon being urged by his medical practitioner father and grandfather to suspend his study of classical music to focus on the high school entrance exam, rebels by forming a rock band with three schoolmates. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Nov 6, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, Nov 7, 7.50pm, 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 Piano in a Factory

Zhang Meng's drama-comedy about a divorced steel factory worker who decides to build a piano from scratch after his daughter says during a custody battle that she would choose to live with the parent who can give her a piano. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 4, 7.30pm, HK Space Museum, Nov 13, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

My Spectacular Theatre

Lu Yang's drama about an unemployed young man who gets involved with the running of a cinema for the blind founded by an Alzheimer's sufferer. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 5, 2pm, HK Film Archive, Nov 13, 4.30pm, HK Space Museum.

72 Martyrs

Chiu Sung-kee's historical drama recounts the tale of the 72 southern Chinese revolutionaries who gave their lives to the cause in the 1911 Huanghuagang Uprising in Guangzhou. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 5, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Master of Versatility: Lee Tit

The HK Film Archive presents a showcase of director Lee Tit's films, including the following film. Until Dec 18. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

The Legend of Purple Hairpin

Film adaptation of Tong Tik-sang's Cantonese opera about a young man who falls for a stranger dressed in purple that possesses an amethyst hairpin. Yam Kim-fai, Pak Suet-sin and Leung Sing-po star. In Cantonese. Nov 4, 7.30pm, Nov 26, noon, 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 three 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; 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

Aida

Film of the production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera about an Ethiopian princess bought into slavery in Egypt who becomes torn between her family and an Egyptian general she loves that was performed against the backdrop of Switzerland's Lake Constance at the Bregenz Festival. In Italian with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 5, 7pm, The Podium, Cyberport 2.

Der Rosenkavalier

Christian Thielemann conducts Renee Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, the Munchner 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. Nov 6, 1pm, Broadway The One, Nov 13, 8pm, Palace IFC.

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra

Film of a Salzburg Festival concert that had Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Venezuelan orchestra, pianist Martha Argerich, violinist Renaud Capucon and violincello player Gautier Capucon playing works by Beethoven and Mussorgsky. Nov 6, 7pm, The Podium, Cyberport 2.

Restored Treasures

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following film. Ongoing. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901

Bound by Chastity Rules (Yeollyeomun, aka The Red Gate)

Shin Sang-ok's drama about a nobleman's young widow (Choi Eun-hee) who falls in love with a worker and is made pregnant by him despite there being great pressure for her to remain chaste for the rest of her life. In Korean with English subtitles. Nov 6, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

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