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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 January, 2012, 12:00am
 

New Releases

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (III)

See review on this page.

Melancholia (IIB)

See review on this page.

The Awakening (IIB)

Horror-thriller, set in post first world war England where many of the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism, about a hoax exposer (Rebecca Hall) who visits a boarding school to explain ghostly sightings. CT

My Name is Khan (IIA) (English and Hindi)

Shahrukh Khan stars in a romantic musical drama about a South Asian living in the US who, after his stepson is accidentally killed in a racially incited assault, embarks on a journey to tell the US president that he is not a terrorist. CT

New Year's Eve (IIA)

Garry Marshall's star-studded romantic drama-comedy in which the lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine one New Year's Eve. Not reviewed.

Speed Angels (IIA) (Cantonese, Japanese and Putonghua)

Tang Wei, Rene Liu Ruo-ying and Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi star in a romance-actioner revolving around a group of female racers who use their skills on the tracks to express their dreams, love and desires. Not reviewed.

Texas Killing Fields (IIB)

Crime drama revolving around a small town detective who teams up with a cop from New York City to track down a serial killer who dumps his victims' mutilated bodies in a Texas marsh. Not reviewed.

General Releases

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

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

3-D Happy Feet 2 (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Animated musical comedy tale in which the hero of Happy Feet (2006) is now a father who, as his son struggles to realise his talents in the Emperor Penguin world, also has to contend with a new threat to his Utopian singing and dancing penguin community. CT

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

Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 (I) (Cantonese and English versions)

Animated comedy that has Alvin, the Chipmunks and Chipettes having fun aboard a cruise ship until they get shipwrecked and are marooned on a tropical island. CT

Datong: The Great Society (I) (Cantonese, Putonghua, English and French)

Evans Chan Yiu-shing's docudrama about Qing dynasty political reformer Kang Youwei (Liu Kai-chi) who went into exile in Sweden. Also starring Lindzay Chan and Chiang Ching. YT

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua versions)

Tsui Hark's wuxia epic revolving around the mysterious saviour of a pregnant palace maid who helps her escape and seek refuge at a desert inn, with imperial assassins led by a powerful eunuch in hot pursuit, and a righteous general following in their wake. Starring Jet Li Lianjie, Zhou Xun and Chen Kun. LKW

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (IIB) (English and Russian)

The fourth instalment of the Mission Impossible action adventure-thriller series sees Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team going rogue to clear their organisation's name after they are falsely implicated in a bombing. CT

Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (I)

Film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux's story about a bitter man, deformed since birth, who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House and the young woman he falls for. CT

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (IIA)

Robert Downey Jnr reprises his role as the legendary detective and Jude Law returns as Dr Watson in Guy Ritchie's period crime drama pitting the pair against criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). CT

The Skin I Live In (III) (Spanish)

Pedro Almodovar's drama-thriller revolving around a plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) who creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage - and his human guinea pig (Elena Anaya). CT

Super Show 3 3-D Super Junior (I) (Korean)

Concert film of the South Korean boy band performing during their third Asian tour. Not reviewed.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (IIB)

The latest instalment of the vampire romantic fantasy series sees Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) dealing with the chain of consequences brought on by their nuptials, honeymoon and the birth of their child. CT

Turning Point 2 (IIB) (Cantonese)

Michael Tse Tin-wah reprises his role as undercover cop Laughing Gor who, this time around, goes undercover in a prison. Herman Yau Lai-to directs. YT

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

Concluding part of Wei Te-sheng's historical epic depicting the guerilla warfare employed as the aboriginal Seediq people make use of Taiwan's mountains and forests in their fight against the imperialist Japanese forces. CT

We Bought A Zoo (I)

Drama-comedy about a widower-journalist (Matt Damon) who decides to start anew with his family by buying a home that comes with a wildlife park in need of revitalisation. 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 high school student, his friends and the girl he will never forget. CT

Art House

The Inspired Island: Home In Two Cities

Documentary about Lin Hai-yin who was considered the doyenne of Taiwanese literature. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 5, 7pm, Jan 15, 12.15pm, Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$65; and Jan 8, 2.15pm, Feb 5, 6.10pm, Feb 18, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$40 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

Remembering Ricky Hui (1946-2011)

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of four films featuring the late comedian-actor-singer Ricky Hui Koon-Ying, including the following film. Jan 6-27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

From Riches to Rags

John Woo Yu-sum's comedy centring on a worker at a bottling plant (Ricky Hui Koon-ying) who, after winning big at the races one day, is told that he has a disease and will die soon. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 6, 11am, HK Film Archive.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's whimsical drama about a dying man who spends his last days in the countryside surrounded by his loved ones. In Thai with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 7, 2.30pm, Jan 13, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, free, reservation required. Inquiries: 2582 0200

Lang Lang Concert: Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday

Film in which Charles Dutoit conducts Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Philadelphia Orchestra performing works by Franz Liszt. In English with Chinese subtitles. Jan 7, 5.30pm, UA iSquare, 7/F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, TST, HK$120. Inquiries: 3516 8811. Jan 7, 7.30pm, GH Citywalk, Shop 121, Citywalk 2, 18 Yeung Uk Rd, Tsuen Wan, HK$120; and Jan 7, 7.30pm, Jan 8, 4pm, GH Mongkok, G/F Grand Century Plaza, 193 Prince Edward Rd West, Mong Kok, HK$120. Inquiries: www.goldenharvest.com. Also: Jan 7, 7.30pm, Jan 8, 3.40pm, Jan 9, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$120. Inquiries: 3983 0033. Jan 7, 7.40pm, UA Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing, HK$120. Inquiries: 3516 8811

Funny Girls: Do Do Cheng and Cora Miao

The Film Programmes Office presents a programme of four films starring actresses Carol (aka Do Do) Cheng Yu-ling and Cora Miao Hin-yan, including the following three. Until Jan 8. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

The Top Bet

Carol Cheng Yu-ling stars in Jeff Lau Chun-wai and Corey Yuen Kwai's gambling comedy centring on a self-proclaimed queen of gambling who takes part in the Super King of Gambling Competition. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 7, 7pm, HK Film Archive.

The Other 1/2 and The Other 1/2

Clara Law Cheuk-yiu's comedy-infused pre-handover drama centring on the personal relationship between a man and a woman who are both one (other) half of a married pair of 'flying immigrants' - people seeking to secure residential privileges elsewhere besides Hong Kong. Starring Cora Miao Hin-yan. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 7, 9pm, HK Film Archive.

Carry On Dancing

Leong Po-chih and Kam Kwok-leung's comedy revolving around a pair of quirky twin sisters (both played by Cora Miao Hin-yan) - one committed to a mental asylum by her husband, the other with a fianc?plotting to uncommit - who decide to switch identities and places. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 8, 7pm, HK Film Archive.

The Met: Live in HD in Hong Kong

Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia presents a programme of 11 operas performed by the Metropolitan Opera of New York, including the following one. Until Jul 8, 2012. Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central; and UA Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing, HK$180. Also AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, HK$220. Inquiries: 2880 9900

Don Giovanni

HD broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera of New York's production of Mozart's opera based on the legend of Don Juan. Starring Marina Rebeka and Barbara Frittoli. In Italian with English subtitles. Jan 7, 7.40pm, Jan 8, 3.30pm, UA Cityplaza.

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. Jan 8, 11am, Jan 14, 1.30pm, Feb 2, 4.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; and Jan 15, 1.30pm, Feb 5, 11.05am, Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$80 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

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 Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 8, 3.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55; and Jan 16, 8pm, Jan 29, 11.30am, Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

HK Arts Festival: Festival Plus

The HK Arts Festival, Unitel Classica and Classical in Cinema present a programme of four Mozart operas filmed in high definition from the Salzburg Festival, including the following film. Until Jan 15. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$150 (tickets from respective cinemas). Inquiries: 2196 8170

Mithridates, King of Pontus

Film of the Salzburg Festival staging of Mozart's opera about a king who, believing that his sons and betrothed are betraying him, decides to put them to the test by staging his own death. Claus Guth directs, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Anna Netrebko and Bo Skovhus star, and Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. In Italian with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 8, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.

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. Jan 9, Feb 1, 8pm, Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75; and Jan 14, 11.45am, Jan 28, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

HK Independent Film Festival 2011-12: Part 3.1: Indie Nations

Ying E Chi presents an international programme of 12 independent films, including the following two. Jan 10-16. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2836 6282

Hop(e)fully Yours

Bryan Chang Wai-hung's documentary looking at the lives of a group of teenagers who spend their days dancing in the streets. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jan 10, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

All Your Dead Ones

Black comedy about what ensues after a Colombian farmer discovers an enormous pile of bodies in the middle of his cornfield one day. In Spanish with English subtitles. Jan 10, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

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