Now for the HK Oscars

Teri Fitsell

LAST month Hollywood did it, now it's the turn of the Hongkong movie industry to pat itself on the back at the 12th Annual Hongkong Film Awards (ATV Home 9.30pm) being broadcast from the Lyric Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts.

Big contenders this year include Once Upon a Time in China II, 92 Legendary La Rose Noire, King of Beggars, Cageman and Centre Stage - each have received several nominations including Best Film and Best Director.

Tony Leung Kar-fai (The Lover) is a favourite for Best Actor having received two nominations for his roles in 92 Legendary La Rose Noire and King of Chess, though he's staving off strong competition from the likes of Jackie Chan.

YOU'VE seen the film version - it's on in Hongkong at the moment - now watch the documentary. Alive: Miracle of the Andes (Pearl 8.35pm) relates the events of October 13, 1972, when a plane carrying a team of rugby players crashed into the Andes en route to Chile.

Members of the Montevidean college team who survived the initial impact then endured 10 weeks in freezing temperatures, eventually having to eat the flesh of their dead colleagues to stay alive.

Paramount made this documentary.

TAKE the satiric sci-fi adventure, They Live (World 9.30pm, Original Running Time 94 mins), with a humongous pinch of salt and it's surprisingly enjoyable.

Director John Carpenter (Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China) wrote the screenplay, under the pseudonym Frank Armitage. In it, he finally reveals what's wrong with the media today - it's being run by aliens from outer-space, no less, which must explain those ''London Bus Found on the Moon'' stories in the British comic/tabloid Sunday Sport.

Our hero John Nada (Roddy Piper) discovers this space invasion when he comes across a stash of sunglasses, which reduce everything to black and white and through which anorexic aliens can be seen.

Not only are they over here nicking the best jobs and, no doubt, ''stealin' our women'', but they're stooping so low as to use subliminal advertising to keep humans under control.

IT'S furrowed-brow time once more as maverick cop Dirty Harry gets his fourth outing in Sudden Impact (Pearl 9.45pm, Original Running Time 117 mins). Clint Eastwood must take directing as well as acting responsibility for this formula outing into the politically incorrect, as Harry takes on the usual collection of stereotyped low-life scum.

Sondra Locke co-stars as a woman taking revenge on a gang of rapists by giving them unsolicited vasectomies with a .38.

Add to that a flatulent bulldog called Meathead - a name that could have suited most of the characters here - and you have all the ingredients for the usual corpse-counting, cop movie.