YOU can say this much for Hong Kong television, it's guaranteed to get you out of the house on a public holiday. Apart from a couple of Disney adventures on Pearl (Snow Bear and That Darn Cat), the best on offer during the day is Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith depressing themselves and their audience in Paradise (World, 11am). Cable viewers can get an extra dose of melancholia with My Life, more of which at the end of this column. Paradise is not as bad as people who have watched it would have you believe. Griffith and Johnson, husband and wife at the time the film was made - and they might be again by the time you read this - manage to keep much of the sentimentality out of their performances. Elijah Wood, a child actor who can act, steals the thunder from both. He plays the slightly dysfunctional boy who spends his summer with Griffith and Johnson - a childless couple with a secret you will not find difficult to guess. Aces High (World, 9.30pm), a war film with strong anti-war sentiment, is where the real holiday action is. Not to say that it's a masterpiece, but it has the right holiday ingredients; a straightforward story, aerial dogfight sequences and John Gielgud. The film, directed in 1977 by Jack Gold, focuses on the indoctrination of World War I pilot Peter Firth and his disillusioned squadron leader (Malcolm McDowell). Others in the solid British cast include Simon Ward and Christopher Plummer, who for once doesn't play a German. The action is spirited. War film enthusiasts will notice a resemblance to The Dawn Patrol. A week or so ago Pearl broadcast Child's Play III, so it seems only logical that they should now show Child's Play (9.30pm), the first in the trilogy. You know the score - the personality of a serial killer (Brad Dourif) is transferred to a young boy's doll. It's too predictable to be frightening, although your children should enjoy the trailers, which Pearl broadcasts during the early evening. CORRECT me if I'm wrong, but the wedding of the year, that between Nurse Hathaway and Dr Taglieri in ER (Pearl, 8.30pm), seems doomed. Here they are with a fortnight to go and they are bickering about the vows and the invitations. Dr Benton (Eriq La Salle) is finally showing that he is a man not a mouse, falling in love with a married woman. Dr Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) shows she is too good to be true, by saving the life of a budding suicide who crashed his car on purpose when his girlfriend jilted him. IN Whicker's World (World, 1pm) Alan Whicker meets the Sultan of Brunei, a man who has so much money it surely wouldn't hurt to give a portion of it to me. U2 - Live From Sydney (World, 2pm) is not live from Sydney, but recorded live in Sydney, which is not the same thing. Bono and the others run through their hits. It's amazing what people will do to get their hands on a boxful of spicy Gyoza dumpling. In the small town outside Tokyo where the dumplings are made, the dumpling vigil starts before dawn. The Longest Wait (World, 8pm), an eccentric and entertaining documentary, looks at the Japanese passion for queueing. Octopus balls are another sought-after speciality. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: My Life (7pm). Unabashed and unbelievably contrived tearjerker. Michael Keaton is a successful advertising executive whose wife (Nicole Kidman) is pregnant. He learns he's dying and decides to leave a video recording for the unborn child he might, or might not, live to see. If he had died quicker, instead of lingering, the film might have been less of an ordeal for the audience. Haing S. Nor (The Killing Fields ) has a strange cameo as a Chinese herbal medicine specialist. Directing debut for screenwriter Joel Rubin (who wrote that other misty-eyed concoction, Ghost ). The Amityville Curse (11pm). A house with a life of its own, based on the book by Hans Holzer. Minor cast includes Kim Coates and Helen Hughes. Thrills are few and far between.