PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 April, 2012, 12:00am


New Releases

A Dangerous Method (III)

See review on this page.

In Darkness (III) (Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian)

See review on this page.

10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)

Anthology of 20 short films by 20 directors (including Hou Hsiao-hsien and Sylvia Chang Ai-chia) that have the uniqueness of Taiwan as their theme. CT

Any Other Side (IIA) (Putonghua)

Thriller with three stories that may or may not be related. Not reviewed.

Dark Flight 3-D (Thai and English)

Stereoscopic horror tale centring on a flight attendant who has to deal with a supernatural event after passengers on her plane start dying. Not reviewed.

Lives in Flames (IIB) (Cantonese)

Drama about a pop-rock band loosely based on - and played in the film by - real life local group Mr. CT

Machine Gun Preacher (IIB)

Crime actioner about a real-life ex-biker gang member who bids to rescue and become a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children forced by a renegade militia to become child soldiers. CT

One for the Money (IIA)

Katherine Heigl stars in an action comedy about an unemployed lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter whose first assignment is to track down a former cop who, coincidentally, broke her heart years before. Not reviewed.

General Releases

A Separation (IIA) (Persian)

Asghar Farhadi's drama about a 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 a drama based on film producer Roger Lee's caring half-century relationship with his family maid. PF

Battleship (IIA)

Peter Berg's action-adventure movie about a fleet of ships who come across an alien armada while on a naval war games exercise. Starring Taylor Kitsch. CT

Carnage (IIB)

Roman Polanski's drama showing how four seemingly sophisticated adults regress into puerile point-scoring and physical confrontation. CT

Cold Fish (III) (Japanese)

Sion Sono's horror film about a tropical fish shop owner who befriends and entrusts his daughter to a mysterious man. CT

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (I) (English and Cantonese versions)

Stereoscopic animated adaptation of Dr Seuss' story of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. CT

Guilty of Romance (III) (Japanese)

Sion Sono's erotic thriller about a homemaker whose life is turned upside down after she begins a part-time career in prostitution. CT

The Hunger Games (IIB)

Sci-fi action-drama set in a post-nuclear war America whose rulers force each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in battles to the death. Starring Jennifer Lawerence. CT

The Iron Lady (IIA)

Meryl Streep stars in Phyllida Lloyd's dramatic look at the life of Margaret Thatcher. CT

Long Qing Shi Yi Ban Shi Ji (I) (Cantonese)

Film showing Cantonese opera veterans Lung Kim-sung and Mui Suet-see celebrating their half-century careers with performances at three locations. Not reviewed.

Love in the Buff (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua)

Pang Ho-cheung's romantic comedy sequel to 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. LKW

Love Lifting (IIB) (Cantonese and Putonghua)

Herman Yau Lai-to's drama about a diabetic mainland weightlifter's fight for redemption after she moves to Hong Kong. Starring Elanne Kong Yeuk-lam. CT

Man on a Ledge (IIA)

Sam Worthington stars in this thriller about an escaped prisoner who enacts a stunt that masks a dangerous ploy to reveal the truth about his tarnished name. CT

Mirror Mirror (I) (English and Cantonese versions)

Adventure comedy take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has a brave princess (Lily Collins) enlisting the help of seven rebels to reclaim her birthright and defeat her evil step-mother (Julia Roberts). CT

Nightfall (IIB) (Cantonese and English)

Roy Chow Hin-yeung's mystery about a detective who uncovers a shocking secret while investigating a celebrity's murder. CT

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

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

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

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

Pleasant Goat & Big Big Wolf 4 (I) (Cantonese)

The fourth instalment of this animated film series tells the story of how the goats and wolf search for the Dragon Flute needed to save the dragon world. CT

Shame (III)

Steve McQueen's drama about a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) whose painstakingly constructed fa?ade begins to crack after his sister (Carey Mulligan) arrives unannounced to stay with him indefinitely. CT

The Soul of Bread (IIA) (Mandarin, Taiwanese and English)

Romantic comedy about a trio of bakers caught in a love triangle. Starring Michelle Chen, Chen Han-dian and Anthony Neely. CT

Sunny (IIB) (Korean)

Comedy-drama celebrating female lives and friendships that revolves around seven middle-aged women who were secondary school friends in the 1980s. Not reviewed.

Titanic 3-D (IIA)

Stereoscopic version of James Cameron's 1997 romantic drama about a young man and woman from differing social backgrounds who meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. CT

Wrath of the Titans (IIA)

Action adventure-fantasy about Perseus - the son of Zeus - who goes to his father's rescue after Kronos, father of Zeus, conspires to capture him. CT

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. Not reviewed.

Art House

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 one. Until May 12. Asia Society HK Centre, the HK Jockey Club Former Explosives Magazine, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, HK$65 (Asia Society members HK$55) Inquiries: 2103 9511


Gesar Mukpo's documentary exploration of the Tibetan tradition of recognition of reincarnations of Buddhist teachers focuses on the personal experiences of five young Western men identified in childhood as being tulkus. In English. Apr 19, 7pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

The HK Turkish Film Festival

Izmir Cinema Association presents a programme of eight Turkish films, including the following three. Until Apr 22. The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$75 Inquiries: 2196 8170

Losers' Club

Tolga Ornek's drama-comedy about two co-hosts of a mid 1990s radio show who struggle to deal with their daily lives after their show becomes an instant hit. In Turkish with English subtitles. Apr 19, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's drama about a group of men who set out in search of a corpse in the Anatolian steppes. In Turkish with English subtitles. Apr 21, 4.40pm, The Grand Cinema.

Love Likes Coincidences

Omer Faruk Sorak's romantic drama about a man and a woman both born in Ankara on the same day in 1977 whose lives intersect many times and ways. In Turkish with English subtitles. Apr 21, 7.30pm, The Grand Cinema.

Mexican Film Festival in Hong Kong - Mexican Tapestries

Mexcham Limited (Mexican Chamber of Commerce in China) presents a programme of 13 Mexican films, including the following six. Until Apr 20. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, free with ticket. Inquiries:

El Sueno de Luisa (Luisa's Dream) + Jaulas (Cages) + Hidalgo, La Historia Jamas Contada (Hidalgo, the Never Told Story)

Two short films and Antonio Serrano's historical drama about the Mexican priest and leader of the Mexican war of Independence, with a focus on his early life as a parish priest and his love for Josefa Quintana. In Spanish with English subtitles. Apr 19, 8pm, HK Arts Centre.

Sin Frenos (Without Brakes) + Nino de Mis Ojos (Apple of My Eyes) + Amor, Dolor y Vice Versa (Love, Pain and Vice Versa)

Two short films and Alfonso Pineda Ulloa's psychological thriller centring on a pair of strangers who become connected after their recurring dreams turn into reality. In Spanish with English subtitles. Apr 20, 8pm, HK Arts Centre.

Morning Matinee: Return of the Crime Busters

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of four films featuring appearances by character actors Lee Pang-fei and Sima Wah-lung, including the following one. Until Apr 27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139


The debut instalment of the Dial 999 crime series sees a journalist (Patrick Tse Yin) coming across a young woman (Patsy Kar Ling) fleeing from the advances of her stepfather. In Cantonese. Apr 20, 11am, HK Film Archive.

The Strange Case of Hong Kong Amoy Cinema

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of Amoy-dialect 14 films produced in Hong Kong, including the following two films. Until May 27. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Songs of the Peach Blossom River, the Sequel

Musical sequel to Songs of the Peach Blossom River (1956) revolving around a backstage plot about making a film about Peach Blossom River. In Amoy dialect with Chinse subtitles. Apr 21, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Songs of the Peach Blossom River

Zhang Shan-kun and Wong Tin-lam's 1956 musical drama about a sweet-voiced village girl who becomes a singing sensation. In Mandarin. Apr 21, 4pm, HK Film Archive.

The Classics of The Royal Opera House Season II

MCL Cinema presents the following programme of four operas and ballets from the Royal Opera House screened in high definition and 5.1 surround sound. Until May 13. MCL Kornhill Cinema, 4/F, Kornhill Plaza South, 2 Kornhill Road, Quarry Bay; MCL Telford Cinema, Telford Gardens, 33 Wai Yip St, Kowloon Bay; Star Cinema, 1/F PopCorn, 9 Tong Yin St, Tseung Kwan O; and The Grand Cinema, 2/F Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, HK$110 Inquiries: 2418 8841

Cendrillon (aka Cinderella)

Film of the Royal Opera's production of Jules Massenet's operatic take on the fairy tale about a woman who wishes to go to a ball. In French with English subtitles. Apr 21, May 6, 4pm, The Grand Cinema, Apr 28, 4pm, MCL Telford, May 13, 7.30pm, Star Cinema.


Film of The Royal Ballet's production about the ghost of a young peasant woman who protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil spirits; with music composed by Adolphe Adam. Apr 21, 7.30pm, Star Cinema, Apr 28, May 13, 4pm, The Grand Cinema, May 5, 4pm, MCL Kornhill Cinema.


Film of The Royal Ballet's staging of a dramatic ballet about a country girl turned courtesan who seeks wealth and love; with music composed by Jules Massenet. Apr 22, May 5, 4pm, The Grand Cinema, Apr 29, 4pm, Star Cinema, May 12, 4pm, MCL Telford.


Film of the Royal Opera's production of Giacomo Puccini's tragic opera revolving around a singer, her painter lover and a corrupt Roman police chief. In Italian with English subtitles. Apr 22, 7.30pm, MCL Telford Cinema, Apr 29, May 12, 4pm, The Grand Cinema, May 6, 7.30pm, Star Cinema.

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 one. Until 2014. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55; and HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Martial Club

Lau Kar-leung's 1981 action comedy telling the story of kung fu master Wong Fei-hung's youth. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Apr 21, 7pm, HK Film Archive, Apr 29, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

The Met: Live in HD in Hong Kong

Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia presents a programme of high-definition film captures 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


HD capture of the Metropolitan Opera of New York and English National Opera's production of Charles Gounod's opera about a scientist who makes a pact with the devil. In French with English subtitles. Apr 21, 7.30pm, Apr 22, 1.20pm, UA Cityplaza.


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. In German with English subtitles. Apr 22, 5pm, AMC Pacific Place.

Once Upon a Hero: The Wong Fei-hung Saga

The HK Film Archive presents a programme of 26 films and television episodes from the Wong Fei-hung franchise, including the following three films. Until May 26. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part Three: The Battle of Lau Fa Bridge

This instalment in the long running Wong Fei-hung martial arts drama saga that sees the introduction of new characters including Beggar So, a member of the White Lotus sect. In Cantonese. Apr 22, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part Four: The Death of Leung Foon

The fourth instalment in the long running Wong Fei-hung saga depicting events that lead to the death of a Wong Fei-hung disciple. In Cantonese. Apr 22, 5pm, HK Film Archive.

The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Grand Conclusion

Originally released in 1951, the final chapter in the first phase of the Wong Fei-hung saga marks the end to Kwan Tak-hing's portrayal of Master Wong as a man of raw, daring and charismatic bravado. In Cantonese. Apr 22, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

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

Night on Earth

Jim Jarmusch's anthology about five taxi drivers in five different cities and their remarkable fares on the same night. In English, German, Italian, French and Finnish with Chinese and English subtitles. Apr 22, 2.30pm, HK Arts Centre.