PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 May, 2012, 12:00am


New Releases

The Cabin in the Woods (III)

See review on this page.

Coriolanus (IIB)

See review on this page.

Dark Tide (IIB)

Halle Berry stars in this adventure-thriller as a professional dive instructor who returns to deep waters after nine years, following an encounter with a great white shark. Not reviewed.

Lockout (IIB)

Sci-fi action-thriller centring on a man (Guy Pierce) wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the United States who is offered freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an orbital prison taken over by violent inmates. Not reviewed.

Snowfall in Taipei (I) (Mandarin)

Huo Jianqi's romantic drama revolving around a melancholy young woman (Tong Yao) who suddenly appears in an old Taipei neighbourhood whose denizens include a good-hearted young man (Chen Bo-lin) who seeks to help her out. CT

General Releases

10+10 (IIB) (Mandarin and Taiwanese)

Anthology of 20 short films by 20 directors (including Hou Hsiao-hsien and Sylvia Chang Ai-chia) themed on the uniqueness of Taiwan. CT

A Dangerous Method (III)

David Cronenberg's drama examining how pioneering psychologists Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Sabina Spielrein grappled with curing mental disorders. Starring Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen. CT

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

The Avengers (IIB)

Marvel Comics actioner in which Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow, answer the call to action to form a team to defeat an enemy and his alien allies threatening the world. Starring Robert Downey Jnr. CT

Battleship (IIA)

Peter Berg's action-adventure movie about a fleet of ships who come across an alien armada that has answered a signal sent from earth years previously. Starring Taylor Kitsch. CT

Dark Flight 3-D (IIB) (Thai and English)

Stereoscopic horror tale centring on a flight attendant whose passengers start dying. CT

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (I)

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

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

Agnieszka Holland's true-life dramatisation about a sewer worker who helps a group of Jews in a Nazi-occupied Polish city to escape with their lives. CT

Lives in Flames (IIB) (Cantonese)

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

Mirror Mirror (I)

Adventure comedy take on Snow White has a princess (Lily Collins) enlisting the help of seven rebels to reclaim her birthright and defeat her evil stepmother (Julia Roberts). 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 adaptation of French writer Gaston Leroux's story about a bitter, deformed man, who lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House and the young woman he falls for. CT

Shame (III)

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

Thomas and Friends: Day of the Diesels (I) (Cantonese)

Family-friendly animation about Thomas the Tank Engine's friendship with two new steam engines that causes his old friend Percy to feel neglected and decide to befriend other engines at the Diesel Works. 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

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. 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

The Buddha

David Grubin's documentary uses animation and contemporary voices - including American poet Jane Hirshfield and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman - to explore the life and meaning of the sixth century BC Indian prince turned spiritual teacher. In English. May 3, 7pm, Asia Society HK Centre.

To Mothers with Love

The HK Film Archive presents a Morning Matinee programme of four films that honour mothers and celebrate motherhood, including the following film. May 4-25. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

The Young Rebel

Ti Lung's drama about how the unfailing love of a mother saves her son from evil ways. Starring Lin Ching. In Mandarin. May 4, 11am, 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


Film of the Royal Ballet's production about the ghost of a peasant woman who protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil spirits. May 5, 4pm, MCL Kornhill Cinema, May 13, 4pm, The Grand Cinema.


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

Cendrillon (aka Cinderella)

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


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. May 6, 7.30pm, Star Cinema, May 12, 4pm, The Grand 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 film. 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

China Behind

Tang Shu-shuen's Cultural Revolution drama revolving around four college students and a middle-aged doctor who try to flee their homeland during the devastating era's early years. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. May 5, 7pm, HK Film Archive, May 13, 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 one. 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

The Enchanted Island

Filmed in high-definition, this Metropolitan Opera of New York production is inspired by the works of Shakespeare. It has the lovers from A Midsummer Night's Dream shipwrecked on the other-worldly island of The Tempest, and whose music is a pastiche of works by various Baroque composers including George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi. In English with English subtitles. May 5, 7.50pm, May 6, 1.30pm, UA Cityplaza, also May 6, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Cities in Cinema: Paris - Hong Kong

The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Broadway Cinematheque present a programme of films set in Paris and Hong Kong, including the following 12. May 5-30. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$70; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$85 Inquiries:


Christophe Honore's musical romance centring on a woman (Catherine Deneuve) whose libertine lifestyle as a young woman affects the complicated romantic life of her grown daughter (Chiara Mastroianni). In French with English subtitles. May 5, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 26, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

A Monster in Paris 3-D

Stereoscopic animated fairy tale about a flea turned into a monster by a science experiment gone wrong, who, after he taken in by a kind cabaret singer, becomes a musical sensation in Paris in 1910. In English. May 6, 4.15pm, Palace IFC, May 18, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Six in Paris

Omnibus film from 1965 consisting of six shorts based on a different Parisian district by six members of the French New Wave. In French with English subtitles. May 6, 7.55pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 25, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

Ghost in the Shell

Mamoru Oshii's anime action fantasy about a female cyborg cop and her partner bidding to hunt down a notorious hacker called the Puppet Master. In Japanese with English subtitles. May 6, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 17, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.


Johnnie To Kei-fung's noir drama following a Police Tactical Unit team on night patrol who help a fellow police officer retrieve his missing gun. Starring Simon Yam Tak-wah, Lam Suet and Maggie Siu Mei-kei. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 8, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 27, 3.15pm, Palace IFC.


Luc Besson's romantic comedy about a beautiful blonde (Rie Rasmussen) who helps an inept scam artist (Jamel Debbouze) get his game together. In French with English subtitles. May 9, 9.50pm, May 12, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Time and Tide

Tsui Hark's action-thriller centring on about a small-time bodyguard (Nicholas Tse Tin-fung) who becomes embroiled in a battle between a former assassin (Wu Bai) and his former comrade-in-arms. Mainly in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 10, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 13, 4.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Flight of the Red Balloon + Red Balloon

Double bill consisting of Hou Hsiao-hsien's drama revolving around a little boy, his baby-sitter and a shared imaginary world in which they are followed by a strange red balloon; and Albert Lamorisse's 1956 fantasy short about a red balloon with a life of its own that follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. In French with English subtitles. May 11, 7.10pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 19, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

La Haine

Set in a riot-ravaged Parisian housing project, Mathieu Kassovitz's drama depicts a day in the lives of three friends disillusioned by the racial tensions and social disparity that surround them. In French with English subtitles. May 11, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 16, 8pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Vivre Sa Vie

Jean-Luc Godard's drama chronicling in 12 chapters a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Starring Anna Karina. In French with English subtitles. May 12, 6.20pm, Broadway Cinematheque, May 18, 9.50pm, Palace IFC.

Love Songs

Christophe Honore mixes musical sequences with soap opera drama in a story about a couple who decide to bring a woman in for a threesome to spice up their ailing relationship, until real feelings and jealousy get involved. In French with English subtitles. May 12, 9.50pm, Palace IFC, May 27, 4.05pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Life Without Principle

Johnnie To Kei-fung's crime drama follows a gangster (Lau Ching-wan), a bank officer (Denise Ho Wan-sze) and a policeman (Richie Jen Hsien-chi) on one chaotic day as their desperate scramble for cash leads each to make choices that could lead them - and others - to ruin. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. May 6, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$60 Inquiries: 2388 0002

Restored Treasures

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following film. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901

A Star is Born

George Cukor's 1954 remake of a 1937 film about a Hollywood movie star (James Mason) who helps a young singer-actress (Judy Garland) find fame, even as age and alcoholism affect his career. In English with Spanish subtitles. May 6, 2pm, May 20, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Critics' Choice 2012 - The Films in Their Times

The Film Programmes Office presents six films chosen by members of the HK Film Critics Society, including the following film. May 6-Oct 28. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; and HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900


Sidney Lumet's 1976 drama about a television network that cynically exploits a deranged ex-television anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for profit. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. May 6, 7.30pm, HK Science Museum, May 20, 2.30pm, HK Film Archive.

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 four films. Until May 26. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139

Wong Fei-hung's Combat with the Five Wolves

Master Wong (Kwan Tak-hing) goes up against a developer (Sek Kin) who recruits four destitute martial artists to help him expand his power and control. In Cantonese and Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. May 5, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Challenge of the Masters

Real-life third-generation Wong Fei-hung disciple Lau Kar-leung's martial arts drama tells the story of Master Wong's early years. Starring Gordon Liu Chia-hui. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. May 5, 4pm, HK Film Archive.

Wong Fei-hung's Battle with the Five Tigers in the Boxing Ring

Martial arts drama in which Master Wong (Kwan Tak-hing) goes up against group of thugs in a border town who are colluding with foreigners intent on invading China. In Cantonese. May 12, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Wong Fei-hung Sets Fire to Dashatou

Martial arts drama highlighting the ethical Confucianism of Wong Fei-hung and his reactions to a notorious red-light district in old Canton. In Cantonese. May 12, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.