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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am
 

New Releases

A Separation (IIA) (Persian)

See review on this page.

The Allure of Tears (IIA) (Cantonese and Putonghua)

See review on this page.

The Devil Inside (IIB) (English and Italian)

Horror thriller about a woman who gets involved in a series of unauthorised exorcisms while attempting to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. Not reviewed.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (IIB) (English and Romanian)

Nicolas Cage returns as the man struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter who, in this 3-D fantasy actioner, is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy from the devil. Not reviewed.

Love Is Not Blind (IIA) (Putonghua)

Romantic drama centring on a woman whose male colleague comes to her aid after she discovers that her boyfriend of seven years was cheating on her with her best friend. Starring Wen Zhang and Bai Baihe. Not reviewed.

We Need to Talk About Kevin (IIB)

Lynne Ramsay's emotional thriller about a woman (Tilda Swinton) who grapples with feelings of grief and responsibility after her teenaged son does something irrational and unforgivable in the eyes of their community. Not reviewed.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (IIA) (Hindi, English and Spanish)

Bollywood coming-of-age comedy-drama revolving around three friends who decide to turn their fantasy holiday into reality after one of them becomes engaged. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar. Not reviewed.

General Releases

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

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

3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (III) (Cantonese)

Three-dimensional 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

The Artist (IIA) (English intertitles)

Michel Hazanavicius' romance set in 1927 Hollywood and centring on a silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) who, as he worries that the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, is attracted to a young bit player (B?erenice Bejo) who hits it big in the talkies era. CT

Beauty and the Beast 3-D (I)

Stereoscopic version of the 1991 animated Disney film about a young book lover who, after offering herself to a monster living in a castle in exchange for her imprisoned father, discovers that her captor is not so monstrous after all. Not reviewed.

Buried (IIB)

Thriller centring on an American truck driver (Ryan Reynolds) working in Iraq who has to race against time to escape from a coffin after being buried alive. CT

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

Evans Chan Yiu-shing's docudrama about Qing dynasty political reformer Kang Youwei. YT

The Descendants (IIB)

George Clooney stars in a drama about a father of two girls who re-examines his past and tries to reconnect with his daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. CT

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (IIA)

Drama centring on a young boy (Thomas Horn) who searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks), who died in the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. Also starring Sandra Bullock. CT

Hugo (I)

Martin Scorsese's 1930's family drama set in Paris about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station that is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. CT

The Ides of March (IIB)

George Clooney stars in and directs a political drama revolving around an idealistic spin doctor (Ryan Gosling) working on a presidential campaign. CT

La Delicatesse (IIA) (French)

Audrey Tautou stars in this romantic comedy as a French woman mourning her husband's death years after he passes away who is courted by a Swedish co-worker. CT

The Lady (IIB) (English and Myanmese)

Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng stars as Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson's biographical drama about the Myanmese political icon, wife and mother. YT

Love (IIA) (Mandarin)

Doze Niu Chen-zer's trio of romantic tales - two of them set in Taipei and the third in Beijing. Starring Vicki Zhao Wei, Shu Qi, Ethan Ruan Ching-tien and Mark Chao Yu-ting. PF

Moneyball (IIA)

Brad Pitt stars in a drama based on the true story of a former would-be baseball superstar who turns his fiercely competitive nature to management. CT

Mr and Mrs Gambler (IIB) (Cantonese)

Wong Jing's comedy about two gambling addicts who, after they decide to divorce, agree that whoever breaks their agreement to quit gambling loses custody of their daughter. Starring Chapman To Man-chat and Fiona Sit Hoi-kei. CT

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

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

My Week with Marilyn (IIB)

Biographical drama on Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) as recounted from the perspective of a young man (Eddie Redmayne) working on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. Also starring Kenneth Branagh. CT

New Perfect Two (IIA) (Mandarin)

Chu Yen-ping's romantic comedy remake of a 1984 film about a race car driver (Vic Chou Yu-min) whose life is interrupted when a son, who he never knew he had, suddenly makes an appearance in his life. 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

Romancing in Thin Air (I)

(Cantonese and Putonghua)Sammi Cheng Sau-man and Louis Koo Tin-lok star in this love story centring on a Hong Kong movie megastar, jilted at the altar by his bride-to-be, who finds love with an innkeeper in Yunnan. LKW

Safe House (IIB)

Action-drama about a young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) tasked with looking after a fugitive (Denzel Washington) in a safe house who, after the house is attacked, finds himself on the run with his charge. Not reviewed.

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace 3-D (I)

Reworked version of George Lucas' 1999 sci-fi adventure revolving around two Jedi Knights who uncover a wider conflict when they are sent as emissaries to the blockaded planet Naboo. CT

The Viral Factor (IIB) (Cantonese, Putonghua, English, Bahasa Malaysia and Arabic)

Action thriller centring on a security agent (Jay Chou Jie-lun) who tries to stop a plot to release a plague by a group that includes his estranged elder brother (Nicholas Tse Ting-fung). CT

This Means War (IIA)

Romantic action-comedy about two top CIA operatives (Tom Hardy and Chris Pine) who battle against each other after they discover they are dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). CT

Underworld: Awakening in 3-D (III)

Fantasy-horror that has a female vampire (Kate Beckinsale) leading the Vampire and Lycan clans in their battle against human forces. CT

War Horse (IIA)

Steven Spielberg's adventure epic following the extraordinary journey of a horse during the first world war. CT

Art House

Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' drama about a dying author who shares a few moments of friendship with an Albanian refugee child before each goes their separate ways. In Greek with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 1, 9.40pm, Mar 12, 9.5pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; and Mar 17, 11.15am, Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$85 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

Remembering Feng Lin

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of five films featuring the late actress (1925-2010) who played a wide variety of roles in a career spanning more than 40 years, including the following film. Mar 2-30. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

A Forgotten Wife

Feng Lin's debut film is a drama about a Chinese labourer who journeys to Thailand for work. He abandons his wife to marry the daughter of a rich family that later collaborates with the Japanese during their occupation in the second world war. In Mandarin. Mar 2, 11am, HK Film Archive.

European Film Festival

Office of the European Union to HK and Macau presents a programme of 15 films from 15 countries, including the following seven films. Mar 2-14. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$80 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

Lapland Odyssey

Comedy about a man who has made a career out of living on welfare whose frustrated girlfriend tells him to get a digital TV box by dawn or she leaves. In Finnish, English, Swedish and Russian with English subtitles. Mar 3, 2pm, Mar 5, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Mar 8, 8pm, Palace IFC.

The Day I was Not Born

Drama about a 31-year-old German woman whose true roots are revealed after she recognises a nursery rhyme in Buenos Aires despite not speaking Spanish. In German and Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 3, 3.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Mar 7, 9.50pm, Mar 13, 8pm, Palace IFC.

The Kid with a Bike

Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's drama about a young boy abandoned by his father and now living in a state-run youth farm who is fostered by the town hairdresser on weekends. In French with English subtitles. Mar 3, 8pm, Mar 10, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, Mar 7, 9.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Loose Cannons

Comedy about a man whose brother beats him to the punch in terms of deciding to come out to their conservative Catholic family. In Italian with English subtitles. Mar 3, 9.45pm, Palace IFC, Mar 8, 7.50pm, Mar 14, 7.35pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Dark House

Thriller centring on a woman who takes her children to her sister's isolated beach house to escape a stalker who harasses her for choosing to have an abortion. In Dutch with English subtitles. Mar 4, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque, Mar 13, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

Sweet Rush

Andrzej Wajda's drama about a lovelorn doctor's wife (Krystyna Janda), whose two sons died during the second world war, embarking on an affair with a man less than half her age - that was reconceived as a film about filmmaking after the death of its lead actress' real-life husband. In Polish with English subtitles. Mar 4, 8pm, Palace IFC, Mar 11, 4.20pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Black Bread

Set in the war-ravaged Catalan countryside of the early 1940s, Agust? Villaronga's drama centres on a frightened boy who witnesses the dying moments of the man and boy his father is subsequently accused of killing. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles. Mar 5, 9.50pm, Mar 14, 9.55pm, Palace IFC, Mar 10, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

HK Independent Film Festival 2011-12 -- Part 3.2: Indie Nations

Ying E Chi presents a programme of 15 independent Asian films, including the following eight films. Mar 3-8. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix; and Multimedia Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 135 Junction Rd, Kowloon, HK$50 at entrance. Inquiries: 2836 6282

The Right Thing

Documentary record of the 'Wild Strawberry Movement', the oppositional campaign spontaneously organised by university students in the wake of the November 2008 visit to Taiwan by Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits chairman Chen Yunlin. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 3, 2pm, HK Arts Centre.

Red Persimmons

Shinsuke Ogawa and Peng Xiaolian's documentary about the people living in the Kaminoyama area of Japan who have carried on the age-old red persimmon processing trade. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 3, 4.15pm, HK Arts Centre.

The Cold Winter + Sound of the Silence

Zheng Kuo double bill consisting of a documentary about how land developers' actions near the 798 Art Zone in the Chaoyang district in Beijing, led to a group of local artists starting a movement to defend their rights (in Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles); and a fictional short-film about demolition concerns in China (no dialogue). Mar 3, 7.15pm, HK Arts Centre.

Days After n Coming

Extended version of Lo Chun-yip's documentary about protests against the high-speed railway link, the demolition of Choi Yuen Village and the 2011-12 budget. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 3, 9.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Hand in Hand

Documentary telling the true story of a couple who not only fight for their forbidden love but, also, for democracy in their beloved country. In Mandarin, Hoklo and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 4, 2.15pm, Multimedia Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.

The Interceptor from My Hometown + One Day As Usual

Double bill comprising Zhang Zanbo's documentary about a regional officer tasked with stopping those who want to travel to Beijing to deliver petitions (In Putonghua and Hunan dialect with Chinese and English subtitles); and Yang Ping's short fictional work about the everyday life of a minor official in China (In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Mar 5, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 100 Hong Kong films from 1916 to 1999, including the following film. Begins Oct 7. Until 2014. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk; and HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Motherhood

Tso Kea's adaptation of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts. A fatherless man finds his mother disapproves of the woman he loves. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 3, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Mar 11, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Classical in Cinema

Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a high-definition programme of classical music concerts and opera films and transmissions including the following three HD films. Continuing. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$100 thegrandcinema.com.hk; and The Podium, L4 Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Rd, Cyberport, HK$130 HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 6336 3595

Aida

Shot at Switzerland's Lake Constance at the Bregenz Festival, this is a 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 her love of an Egyptian general. In Italian with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 3, 7pm, The Podium, Cyberport 2.

Gidon Kremer Plays Mozart

Film in which Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts violinist Gidon Kremer and the Wiener Philharmoniker playing works by Mozart, and conducts and performs another work by Mozart with his Kremerata Baltica. Mar 4, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.

3 Stars in Vienna

Film of an open-air concert in Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace in which Bertrand De Billy conducts soprano Anna Netrebko, tenors Placido Domingo and Rolando Villazon, and the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien performing works by Jules Massenet, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and others. Mar 4, 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. Continuing. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901

Beware of a Holy Whore

Rainer Werner Fassbinder's dark-humoured drama about a German film unit in Spain making a film that denounces state-sanctioned violence, while the film crew is being tormented by those in charge of the production. Mainly in German with English subtitles. Mar 4, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.

The Met: Live in HD in Hong Kong

Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia presents a programme of high definition films of 11 operas performed by the Metropolitan Opera of New York, including the following two. Until Jul 8. AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; 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, HK$220 Urbtix (for HK Arts Centre) and respective cinemas. Inquiries: 2579 5566

Glass's Satyagraha

HD film of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' opera that is loosely based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. In Sanskrit with minimal English subtitles. Mar 3, 7.40pm, Mar 4, 1.30pm, UA Cityplaza, Mar 11, 8pm, Palace IFC, HK$180.

Siegfried

HD capture in which Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role in the Metropolitan Opera's production of part three of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle. Also starring Deborah Voigt and Bryn Terfel. In German with English subtitles. Mar 4, 5.50pm, AMC Pacific Place, HK$220.

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture Screening Programme

HK and Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture presents three films on architecture and urbanism, including the following one. Ends Apr 22. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, free, registration required. Inquiries: 2582 0200

24 City

Jia Zhangke's docudrama about the former employees of a now dismantled 50-year-old military factory in Chengdu, which is to be rebuilt into a luxury housing complex. In Putonghua, Sichuanese and Shanghainese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 4, 8.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

Asian Film Awards Screening of Nominated Films

The HK International Film Festival Society presents a programme of 14 films, including the following one film. Mar 5-18. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$65 www.thegrandcinema.com.hk. Also: UA Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing; and UA MegaBox, L11, MegaBox, Enterprise Square 5, 38 Wang Chiu Rd, Kowloon Bay, HK$55 www.uacinemas.com.hk. Inquiries: asianfilmawards.asia

The Mirror Never Lies

Kamila Andini's drama centring on a young girl's spiritual journey to accept her father's death - and by so doing, find her place in nature and her fishing community. In Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles. Mar 5, UA Cityplaza, 7.30pm.

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