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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am

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New Releases

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (IIB) (English, Hungarian and Russian)

See review on this page.

Love Strikes (IIB) (Japanese)

Romantic comedy centring on a 31-year-old man who suddenly becomes attractive to women. Not reviewed.

Marrying Mr Perfect (IIA) (Cantonese)

Gigi Leung Wing-kei stars in Wong Jing's romantic comedy about a woman in her late 20s living with her elder brother and sister-in-law who pressure her to get married. Not reviewed.

Nightfall (IIB) (Cantonese and English)

Nick Cheung Ka-fai and Simon Yam Tak-wah star in Roy Chow Hin-yeung's murder mystery about a detective who uncovers a shocking secret while investigating a celebrity's murder. Not reviewed.

General Releases

A Separation (IIA) (Persian)

Asghar Farhadi's drama about a married man with a young daughter whose life is crucially affected by one poor decision he makes after his wife leaves him. CT

A Simple Life (I) (Cantonese and Putonghua)

Deanie Ip Tak-han and Andy Lau Tak-wah star in Ann Hui On-wah's drama based on film producer Roger Lee's half-century relationship with his family maid. PF

The Artist (IIA) (English intertitles)

Michel Hazanavicius' romance centring on a silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) who, even as he feels threatened by the arrival of talking pictures, finds himself attracted to a young actress (Berenice Bejo) who hits it big in the talkies era. CT

The Devil Inside (IIB) (English and Italian)

Horror thriller about a woman who gets involved in a series of exorcisms while attempting to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism. CT

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. CT

Hugo (I)

Martin Scorsese's family drama set in 1930's 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 Iron Lady (IIA)

Meryl Streep stars in Phyllida Lloyd's dramatic look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, with a focus on the price she paid for power. CT

John Carter (IIA)

Fantasy actioner based on a Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel about a US civil war veteran who is inexplicably transplanted to an alien planet, becomes embroiled in an epic conflict, and discovers that the survival of the planet rests in his hands. CT

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

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 was cheating on her with her best friend. CT

One Nation, Two Cities (I) (Cantonese, Putonghua and Fujianese)

Cheung King-wai's documentary centring on a Fujianese woman who has been unsuccessfully fighting for her right of abode in Hong Kong for the last 30 years. YT

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

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 unforgivable in the eyes of their community. CT

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

Bollywood comedy-drama revolving around three friends who decide to turn their fantasy holiday into reality after one of them becomes engaged. Starring Hrithik Roshan. Not reviewed.

Art House

Asian Film Awards Screening of Nominated Films

The HK International Film Festival Society presents a programme of 14 films, including the following four. Until Mar 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

Postcard

Kaneto Shindo's anti-war drama about a middle-aged man who is sent to the frontlines that ostensibly draws upon the 99-year-old director-writer's own military experiences during the second world war. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 15, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

War of the Arrows

Han Min-kim's historical actioner centring on an archer who finds himself in a duel to the death with a powerful Manchu warrior after he goes after enemy troops who attacked his village and took his sister hostage. In Korean with English subtitles. Mar 16, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

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. Mar 17, 2.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

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 in hot pursuit, and a righteous swordsman following in their wake. Starring Jet Li Lianjie and Zhou Xun. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 18, 2.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

The 17th ifva Festival

The HK Arts Centre presents a selection of independent short films and videos, including the following five programmes. Until Apr 4. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$60 Urbtix (specified screenings free). Inquiries: 2824 5329

The 17th ifva Open Category Finalist Showcase: Programme 2

Six short films including Ng Ho-yin's Meeting of the Half Moons, that examines how people can quickly assume they know the truth and pass judgment in various situations (in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Mar 15, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

The 17th ifva Animation Category Finalist Showcase

Ten animated short films including Vincent Yip Shun-ching and company's Mr. Work, about a young waiter with a terrible work attitude who gets into trouble one day (in Cantonese with Chinese subtitles). Mar 16, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

The 17th ifva Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase: Programme 1

Five short films including Yang Hyo-joo's Broken Night, about two men who fake car accidents and claim the insurance payments, and whose scam works well until one evening when the duo are involved in a real accident (in Korean with English subtitles). Mar 16, 9pm, HK Arts Centre.

The 17th ifva Asian New Force Category Finalist Showcase Programme 2

Five short films including Dechen Roder's An Original Photocopy of Happiness, centring on a 16-year-old girl who comes across more than she bargained for after setting out to find out the name and identity of her father (in Dzongkha with English subtitles). Mar 17, noon, HK Arts Centre.

Docu Unlimited

Four documentary shorts (Herakles, The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz, Last Words and Ballad of the Little Soldier) by Werner Herzog. In German with English subtitles. Mar 18, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre.

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 of spanning more than over 40 years, including the following film. Until Mar 30. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Apartment for Women

Drama about a woman who was abandoned when pregnant and had an illegitimate child at a young age who later runs a home for women in need of help and shelter. In Putonghua. Mar 16, 11am, HK Film Archive.

International Buddhist Film Festival 2012 Hong Kong

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and Asia Society HK Centre present a programme of 13 Buddhist-themed films, including the following four. Mar 16-May 12. Asia Society HK Centre, the HK Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK$65 (Asia Society members HK$55) www.asiasociety.org.hk. Inquiries: 2103 9511

Amongst White Clouds

Edward A. Burger's documentary focusing on Buddhist hermit monks who live in scattered retreats dotting China's Zhongnan Mountain range. In English and Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 16, 7pm, Mar 31, 3pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

The Book of the Dead

Kihachiro Kawamoto's stop-motion puppet animation film centring on a scholarly female who is as easily distracted by a ghostly pseudo-lover as she is devoted to Buddhism. In Japanese with English subtitles. Mar 17, 3pm, Apr 11, 7pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

Uppalavanna

Drama centring on a Buddhist nun living in the Sri Lankan countryside who follows her conscience while disobeying civil and monastic authority to give sanctuary to a wounded murderer. In Sinhala with English subtitles. Mar 17, 7pm, Apr 14, 3pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

The Great Pilgrim

Documentary about Tang dynasty monk Xuanzang who travelled to India and brought Buddhist texts and teachings back to China. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 18, also Mar 29, 7pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

HK-San Francisco Ocean Film Festival 2012

The Ocean Recovery Alliance presents a selection of more than 38 short and feature length films about the ocean, including the following two short film programmes. Until Mar 22. Ben's Back Beach Bar, 273 Shek O Village, Shek O; Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central; Hemingway's By the Bay, G09, Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay; UA iSquare, iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, TST; Oolaa, G/F, Centre Stage, Bridges St, SoHo, HK$150; Royal HK Yacht Club, Kellett Island, Causeway Bay; Wang Gungwu Theatre, 3 University Drive, Graduate House, University of HK, Pok Fu Lam, HK$80 www.oceanrecov.org/hong-kong-san-francisco-ocean-film-festival, registration required. Inquiries: 2803 0018

Untitled

Programme of eight short films from the US, Britain and Hong Kong: Into the Deep with Elephant Seals, Kai Lenny: 4 in 1, The Coral Gardener, Mission of Mermaids, Fin, Sanctuary: The Last Stand for Sharks, To Save the Whale and The Bay vs The Bag. In English. Mar 16, 7.30pm, UA iSquare, Mar 20, 8pm, Oolaa.

Special Program: Surfing

Programme of six short films from the US: Shaping a Life, Surfbus, Going Vertical, Kai Lenny: 4 in 1, The Board Meeting and The Baja Wave Document. In English. Mar 17, 7.30pm, Ben's Back Beach Bar.

Eternity and a Day

Theo Angelopoulos' drama about a dying author who spends his final days reminiscing on what he sees as his failed life with an Albanian refugee child before each goes their separate ways. In Greek with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 17, 11.15am, Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$85 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

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. 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

Days of Being Wild

Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing stars in Wong Kar-wai's 1960s-era drama centring on a narcissistic man who was deserted by his mother at birth and is loved in adulthood by two different women (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Carina Lau Ka-ling). Mainly in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 17, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Mar 25, 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 HD film. Ongoing. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$100 thegrandcinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 6336 3595

Anne-Sophie Mutter: The Mendelssohn Project

Concert film in which Kurt Masur conducts the German violinist and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor, then Mutter, cellist Lynn Harrell and pianist Andre Previn play Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No 1 in D Minor, and Mutter and Previn play Mendelssohn's Sonata in F Major. Mar 18, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Plays Dvorak

Concert film in which Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles orchestra performing three works by Dvorak and one by Mozart. Mar 21, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

36th HK International Film Festival

HK International Film Festival Society presents 283 films from 50 territories, including the following two. Mar 20-Apr 9. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central; HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai; HK Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST; The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon; UA Cityplaza, 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd, Taikoo Shing; UA iSquare, 7/F iSquare, 63 Nathan Rd, TST; and UA Langham Place, 8/F-11/F Langham Place, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, HK$40-HK$100 Urbtix and HK Ticketing. Inquiries: hkiff.org.hk

Declaration of War

Valerie Donzelli directs and stars in a drama about a young couple who do all they can for their young son after he is diagnosed with a brain tumour. Also starring Jeremie Elkaim and Cesar Desseix. In French with Chinese and English subtitles. Mar 20, 7.15pm, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mar 30, 9.55pm, HK Cultural Centre.

Love in the Buff

Rom-com sequel to 2010's Love in a Puff has a former couple (Miriam Yeung Chin-wah and Shawn Yue Man-lok) pursuing careers in Beijing but unable to forget each other. In Cantonese and Putonghua with English subtitles. Mar 21, 8.30pm, also 10.15pm, HK Convention and Exhibition Centre.

 

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