New Releases Inception (IIB) See review this page. My Rainy Days (IIB) (Japanese) See review on next page. Doraemon: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King (I) (Cantonese) Released to mark the 40th anniversary of the Doraemon manga series, the latest film sees the robot cat and his friends helping a mermaid ward off villains plotting to take over her underwater kingdom. Not reviewed. Letters to Juliet (IIA) Amanda Seyfried plays a frustrated New Yorker fact-checker trying to help a love-stricken grandmother (Vanessa Redgrave) find her long-lost love while on holiday in picturesque Tuscany. Gary Winick directs. CT General Releases Aftershock (IIB) (Putonghua) Feng Xiaogang's latest blockbuster chronicles the lives of three fictional survivors of the deadly earthquakes that shattered the northern Chinese city of Tangshan in 1976. Stars Xu Fan and Zhang Jingchu. PF Antichrist (III) Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe star as a couple who attempt to get over their son's death. CT Break Up Club (IIB) (Cantonese) Jaycee Chan Cho-ming and Fiona Sit Hoi-kei star as two lovers contending with their collapsing relationship. PF Furry Vengeance (I) Brendan Fraser plays a property developer who faces nature's wrath as he tries to push ahead with his scheme to turn a piece of Oregonian woodland into prime real estate. CT La Comedie Humaine (IIB) (Cantonese) Bearing no relation whatsoever to the Balzac opus that gives the film its title, Chan Hing-kai and Janet Chun Siu-chun's film thrives on the chemistry between comedians-du jour Chapman To Man-chat (who plays a killer) and Wong Cho-lam (a nerdy screenwriter). PF Predators (IIB) Adrien Brody, Alice Braga and Oleg Taktarov play elite soldiers who battle unseen forces in a forest. CT Salt (IIB) Angelina Jolie stars as an American special agent who is forced to go on the run after a Russian defector outs her as a KGB sleeper operative. Philip Noyce directs. CT Shrek Forever After (I) (English and Cantonese versions) Shrek is in an alternate universe after signing a deal with Rumpelstiltskin. CT Toy Story 3 (I) (English and Cantonese versions) Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and friends have to contend with their new lives at a children's daycare centre. CT The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (IIB) Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) contends with the affections of the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and the wolfman Jacob (Taylor Lautner) while another gang of undead returns to seek revenge. CT Art House A Lean Night - Glorious Gangsters The HK Arts Centre presents a programme of five classic works by master filmmakers from around the world. including the following two films. Until Jul 31. HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, HK$50 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2582 0273 Accattone Director-scriptwriter Pier Paolo Pasolini's first film paints a dramatic portrait of a pimp (Franco Citti) who plies his trade in Rome. In Italian with English subtitles. Jul 30, 7.30pm, HK Arts Centre. Gods of the Plague Rainer Werner Fassbinder's crime drama is about a small-time crook who plans to rob a local supermarket with the help of a hardened criminal. In German with English subtitles. Jul 31, 5.30pm, HK Arts Centre. Capturing Light and Shadow - A Tribute to Two Master Cinematographers The HK Film Archive, the HK Academy for Performing Arts' School of Film and Television and Shu Kei present a programme of films and television series episodes lensed by cinematographers Ho Look-ying (1913-1981) and Bill Wong Chung-piu (1945-present), including the following 10 films. Jul 30-Sept 26. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139 Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain Tsui Hark's martial arts fantasy about a foot soldier (Yuen Biao) disgusted with being caught in an endless war who tries to escape from it all, only to land in the middle of an apocalyptic battle between good and evil forces with magical powers. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 30, 7.30pm, Sept 5, 7.30pm, Film Archive. Blood in Snow Li Han-hsiang's dramatic adaptation of a musical about a small-time troupe. Starring Li Lihua, Grace Chang (aka Ge Lan), Lo Wei and King Hu. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Jul 31, 7pm, Sept 4, 5pm, Film Archive. Nomad Patrick Tam Ka-ming's Hong Kong New Wave drama about a group of disaffected young adults trying to find the meaning of life. Starring Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing and Pat Ha Man-chik. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Jul 31, 9pm, Sept 3, 7.30pm, Film Archive. (See Don't Miss, left) The Dream Encounter between Emperor Wu of Han and Lady Wai Tong Tik-sang's cinematic adaptation of the Cantonese opera about an emperor (Ng Cho-fan) whose love for a concubine (Pak Yin) prompts his jealous empress to plot against the other woman. In Cantonese. Aug 1, 5.30pm, Sept 18, 7.30pm, Film Archive. Hu-Du-Men Shu Kei's drama about a middle-aged Chinese opera actress (Josephine Siao Fong-fong) who is contemplating retirement and whose husband wants to emigrate to Australia. Also starring Anita Yuen Wing-yee. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 1, 8pm, Film Archive. The Romance of Book and Sword The first of Ann Hui On-wah's two martial arts dramas based on Jin Yong wuxia novel about two brothers, one who heads the Qing empire of ethnic Manchus, the other a rebel trying to overthrow the regime and restore the rule of the majority Han. In Putonghua. Aug 7, 7.30pm, Sept 23, 4.30pm, Film Archive. Princess Fragrance The second of Ann Hui On-wah's two martial arts dramas based on Jin Yong wuxia novel about two brothers who fight each other for control of the Qing dynasty. In Putonghua. Aug 7, 9.30pm, Sept 23, 6.30pm, Film Archive. The Autumn Phoenix Melodrama about a Chinese family running a logging business in Thailand who get into trouble with local hoods. Directed by and starring Wang Yin. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 8, 7.30pm, Sept 26, 2.30pm, Film Archive. Shanghai Blues Tsui Hark's music-filled romantic comedy about two would-be lovers who get caught up in a love triangle in post-war Shanghai. Starring Sylvia Chang Ai-chia, Sally Yeh Chen-ven and Kenny Bee. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 8, 9.30pm, Sept 19, 2.30pm, Film Archive. Blood-stained Azaleas Lee Sun-fung's melodrama about a rich widow (Pak Yin) who seduces and then tries to corrupt an upstanding young man. In Cantonese. Aug 15, 7.30pm, Sept 4, 2.30pm, Film Archive. Berlin Alexanderplatz Based on Alfred Doeblin's literary masterpiece, Rainer Werner Fassbinder 14-part film tells the story of Franz Biberkopf, an ex-convict struggling against the corrosive forces of urban life. In German with English subtitles. Shown in seven screenings of two episodes each. Aug 7, 12.30pm, 4pm, 6.45pm, 9.30pm, Aug 8, 12.30pm, 3.15pm, 6pm. HK Arts Centre 20, 30, 40 Sylvia Chang Ai-chia directs and stars in a romantic drama-comedy about three women faced with similar issues such as identity and belonging, and the quest for companionship. Also starring Rene Liu Ruo-ying and Lee Sin-jie. In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 1, noon, Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$45 bc.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002 Restored Treasures The Film Archive presents a continuing series of films from all over the world that have been restored in some form or other, including the following one. Ongoing. Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2739 2139 Cold Blade Swordplay actioner about two students of a martial arts master who are charged with delivering a map of a treasure trove to the Song forces who are fighting against the Yuan. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 1, 2.30pm, Film Archive. Summer International Film Festival This year's event sees 37 films from 14 countries screen at various venues in the city, including the following two. Aug 11-Sept 13, HK$60, Urbtix. Inquiries: 2970 3300. Ends Sept 13 All About Love Romantic comedy about two women, once lovers, falling in love again after a chance meeting. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Aug 11, 7.15pm, 9.45pm, The Grand Cinema. The Terrorizers Late director Edward Yang's mystery combines fiction and reality to create a jigsaw puzzle where three unrelated couples are drawn together by a crime. Aug 12, 7.15pm, Aug 21, 9.30pm, The Grand Cinema. International Children's Film Carnival 2010 The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a children's film programme as part of the International Arts Carnival, featuring special screenings for parents (to be followed by discussion sessions in Cantonese hosted by a HK Federation of Youth Groups registered social worker, who will share parenting tips), including of the following eight programmes. Until Aug 15. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900 Monkey King Conquers the Demon (family) Animated adventure tale about how, during their legendary journey to the West, the Monkey King must protect his master and companions from the heinous White Bone Demon. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 8, Space Museum,Jul 31, 5pm, Film Archive. World Animated Shorts 1 Selection of short animation films from Sweden, Japan, Hungary, Britain, South Korea and the mainland, including: Shunichi Yamaguchi's Hakoinu, about a kind-hearted boy who, because he lives in a place where he cannot keep dogs, has created his own Hakoinu (paper-box dog) (no dialogue with Japanese text and Chinese and English subtitles); Johan Hagelback's Poison-Arrow Frogs, in which a hero rises to the occasion after a museum's poison-arrow Frog escapes from its cage (in Swedish with Chinese and English subtitles); and Bak Jin-ju, Bak Sae-byul, Kwak Soo-jeong and Shin Sung-eun's Today I, about a boy who tries many different approaches to gain the attention of a girl at a playground (in Korean with Chinese and English subtitles). (Includes a post-screening interactive discussion in Cantonese led by scriptwriter-director-actor Kwan Chung-yeung.) Aug 1, 2.30pm, Space Museum. Wild Horse from Shangri-la Road movie about a Tibetan teenager who runs 800 kilometres from his village to Kunming to compete in a marathon for the prize money after his beloved sister becomes sick and needs the funds for an operation. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 8, 7.30pm, Space Museum. World Animated Shorts 2 Selection of short animation films from Hungary, Japan, Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and South Korea, including: Philip Hunt's Lost and Found, about a boy who decides to help a penguin he finds on his doorstep to find its way home (in English with Chinese and English subtitles); Louise-Marie Colon's Warda, a story about a young Palestinian girl who brings food to her grandmother every day, only to discover one day that a newly built giant wall stands in the way of her continuing to do so (in Arabic with Chinese and English subtitles); and Jan Rahbek's Space Monkeys, about a spaceship's monkey captain and his assistant who go to a previously unexplored planet to collect samples (in Danish with Chinese and English subtitles). Jul 25, Aug 15, 5pm, Film Archive, Aug 1, 5pm, Space Museum. Azur and Asmar Animated fantasy adventure set in the Middle Ages about two best friends who join forces to defeat a monster and break a curse. Michel Ocelot directs. In French and Arabic with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 1, 7.30pm, Space Museum. Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance Comedy about an Australian junior dance coach who must teach the children in his troupe - and their pushy mothers - how to behave. In English with Chinese and English subtitles. Aug 7, 5pm, Film Archive. Frogs and Toads Adventure-drama about a six-year-old boy who goes to the countryside with his friend in search of frogspawn to cure his sore throat. In Dutch with English subtitles and live Cantonese interpretation. Aug 8, Film Archive, Aug 11, 7.30pm, Science Museum. Please Vote for Me Comedic documentary chronicling a voting campaign for class monitor in a primary school in Wuhan. Chen Weijun directs. In Putonghua with Chinese and English subtitles. (Includes a post-screening interactive discussion in Cantonese led by scriptwriter-director-actor Kwan Chung-yeung.) Aug 14, 2.30pm, Film Archive.