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Film

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 November, 2011, 12:00am

New Releases

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (IIB) (Seediq language, Taiwanese Hokkien, Mandarin and Japanese)

See review on this page.

Margin Call (IIB)

See review on this page.

50/50 (IIB)

Comedy-drama telling the true story of a 27-year-old man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who, after being diagnosed with cancer, turns his battle with the disease into a unique opportunity to experience life. Not reviewed.

Big Blue Lake (I) (Cantonese)

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. CT

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Stars of Milos (IIB) (Japanese)

Anime based on the the Fullmetal Alchemist manga franchise that has two brothers crossing paths with a young female alchemist and getting embroiled in her people's rebellion. Not reviewed.

Immortals 3-D (IIB)

Fantasy-action-drama revolving around a mortal (Henry Cavill) who is the only hope to prevent power-mad King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) from obtaining a legendary weapon that could destroy humanity. Not reviewed.

Killer Elite (IIB)

Crime action-thriller centring on a retired contract killer (Jason Statham) forced back into action after his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, who has to kill three assassins dispatched by a secret military society's cunning leader (Clive Owen). Not reviewed.

Legendary Amazons (IIB) (Cantonese)

Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi and Richie Jen Hsien-chi star in a period action-drama about the remaining, including female, members of a military clan who decide to take up arms and fight to protect their homeland after learning of the death of one of their own. Not reviewed.

Trespass (IIB)

Joel Schumacher's thriller has a wealthy diamond dealer Kyle Miller (Nicolas Cage) and his architect wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman) finding themselves under siege from a gang of brutal armed robbers at their remote lakeside house. CT

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

Drive (III)

Action-thriller revolving around a Hollywood stunt performer moonlighting as a getaway driver (Ryan Gosling) who discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist goes wrong. CT

The First Grader (IIA) (English and Kikuyu)

Biographical drama about an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. CT

I Don't Know How She Does It (IIA)

Comedy about a woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) who must juggle the roles of wife, mother and successful career woman. Also starring Greg Kinnear. CT

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. CT

Let's Go! (IIB) (Cantonese)

Comedy-drama revolving around a street-wise young man (Juno Mak Chun-lung) who becomes embroiled in a battle against a super-villain. PF

Life Without Principle (IIB) (Cantonese)

Johnnie To Kei-fung's crime drama follows a gangster, a bank officer and a policeman on one chaotic day, their desperate scramble for cash leading each of them to make choices that could lead them - and others - to ruin. PF

The Three Musketeers 3-D (IIA)

Action-comedy reimagining of Alexandre Dumas' literary classic has D'Artagnan working together with three Musketeers to prevent a double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne. CT

Tower Heist (IIA)

Comedy caper about a group of men who conspire to rob a wealthy businessman after discovering they are victims of his Ponzi scheme. CT

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 Jewish Film Festival

The HKJFF Society presents a programme of 21 Jewish films, including the following three. Until Nov 20. AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, HK$80 www.amccinemas.com.hk. Inquiries: hkjff.org

Shrouds + In Heaven, Underground

Double bill comprising: a drama about a man learning to be an undertaker whose pregnant wife feels that he is absorbed with the world of the dead and struggles to get him to re-embrace the world of the living (in Hebrew with English subtitles); and a documentary about the oldest Jewish cemetery still in use in Europe (in German with English subtitles). Nov 17, 7pm, AMC Pacific Place.

The Matchmaker

Drama set during the summer of 1968 revolving around a teenager who goes to work for a mysterious matchmaker who is a Holocaust survivor. In Hebrew with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 19, 7.30pm, AMC Pacific Place.

Nicky's Family

Documentary on a British man who kept a secret for close to 50 years about how he personally organised the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the second world war. In English, Czech and Slovak with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 20, 1.20pm, AMC Pacific Place.

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 two films. Ends Nov 18. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: www.hkaff.asia

Black Gambler

Akira Kabayashi stars in this gambling action comedy about a hero-playboy seeking revenge against an international gambling organisation. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 17, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Oldest Profession

Noboru Tanaka's soft porn character study of a strong-willed 19-year-old prostitute (Meika Seri), her ageing prostitute mother, her mentally challenged brother and her various sexual encounters with clients. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 18, 9.50pm, 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 two. 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

He-Man

Liu Ye stars in a crime drama-actioner about a discharged navy man turned crime fighter. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 18, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

The Law of Attraction

Romantic anthology of four short stories about love and attraction in the city. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 20, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

HK Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

The HK Lesbian and Gay Festival Society presents a programme of homosexual-themed feature and short films, including the following eight feature films. Nov 18-Dec 1. 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. Also AMC Festival Walk, Level U/G, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, HK$65 www.amccinemas.com.hk. Inquiries: hklgff.hk

Lost in Paradise

Drama revolving around a naive villager whose efforts to begin a new life in Saigon are complicated by his encounters early on with a handsome smooth talker and another lonely man with whom he embarks on a relationship. In Vietnamese with English subtitles. Nov 18, 7.40pm, AMC Festival Walk, Nov 19, 8.05pm, Broadway The One.

Yes or No

Romantic comedy centring on two young women who get to thinking that there may be more to their relationship than just being college roommates. In Thai with English subtitles. Nov 18, 7.50pm, AMC Festival Walk, Nov 19, 3.40pm, Broadway The One.

Bad Romance

Romantic drama revolving around about seven people and the three heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual affairs they engage in Beijing. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 19, 2.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 27, 9.55pm, Palace IFC.

Be A Woman

Documentary about five drag queens and their experiences performing at the Only Love Bar every night in Nanning. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Nov 19, 4.25pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 29, 8.05pm, Broadway The One.

Circumstance

Maryam Keshavarz's drama about a wealthy Iranian family's struggles to contain a teenager and her friend's exploration of Tehran's underground scene. In Persian with English subtitles. Nov 19, 5.50pm, Nov 21, 7.45pm, Broadway The One.

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

Romantic comedy homage to campy 1950s sci-fi movies revolving around three lesbian aliens who land in New York looking for love. In English. Nov 20, 5.45pm, Palace IFC, Nov 25, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Beauty

Drama about a mid-40s Afrikaaner family man living in Bloemfontein whose ordered existence unravels after a chance encounter with the son of a long-lost friend. In Afrikaans and English with English subtitles. Nov 20, 4.20pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 26, 9.50pm, Broadway The One.

Heartbeats

Romantic drama about three close friends who get involved in a love-triangle. In English and French with English subtitles. Nov 20, 6.15pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Nov 28. 8pm, Palace IFC.

A Lean Night 2011 - Fresh!

The HK Arts Centre presents another instalment of its continuing programme of films from the first decade of this century, including the following three. Until Nov 19. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273

Ne Change Rien

Documentary-fiction hybrid that bears witness to the birth of music by filming French actress-singer Jeanne Balibar at work. Pedro Costa directs. In French with English subtitles. Nov 19, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

The Mourning Forest

Naomi Kawase's drama about a caregiver at a small retirement home and one of her patients who get stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey. In Japanese with English subtitles. Nov 19, 5.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Drama about two university roommates trying to arrange an illegal abortion in late 1980s communist-ruled Romania. In Romanian with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 19, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Master of Versatility: Lee Tit

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

The Dream

Encounter between Emperor Wu of Han and Lady Wai Cinematic adaptation of a Cantonese opera about an emperor whose love for a concubine prompts his jealous empress to scheme to cause harm to the other woman. In Cantonese. Nov 19, 3.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom

Film adaptation of a Chinese opera tale about the love between a courtesan (Pak Suet-sin) and a scholar (Yam Kim-fai). In Cantonese. Nov 19, also Dec 9, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Girl in Red

Hung Sin-nui stars in this melodrama about a vain and impetuous dance-hall hostess woman spoiled by the flattery of adoring men and intoxicated by the lifestyle of her trade. In Cantonese. Nov 20, 7pm, 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

Manon

Film of Jules Massenet's opera comique about a country girl turned courtesan who seeks both wealth and love. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Nov 20, 7pm, Palace IFC, Dec 4, AMC Pacific Place.

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