Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[2014.04.23] FOR APRIL 17-20 2014

For April 17-20 2014
Photos courtesy of Yahoo! Movies Hong Kong

    d. Darren Aronofsky
    Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins

    d. Jalil Lespert
    Pierre Niney,Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet

    d. Randall Wallace
    Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church

    d. Umin Boya (Ma Chih-hsiang)
    Masatoshi Nagase, Takao Osawa
    Rating : IIA
    Length : 185 mins.
    Opening March 27 2014

  In 1929 the Kano baseball team that consisted of Chinese, Japanese and aboriginal Taiwanese. Under the new coach's goal of "Koshien" and a Spartan style strict training, the originally sloppy team after over a year of hellish training and constant defeats gradually had the determination to win and head to Koshien. In 1931 the Kano baseball team went on a winning streak and defeated the perennial all Japanese champion Taipei Commercial team to become the first team south of the Chuoshui River to win the all island baseball championship. It also represented Taiwan in the Koshien tournament in Japan. On the endless grassy field of Koshien and in front of 55,000 viewers, the Kano team's determination and never quit spirit affected everyone......

  Can : Mor Nui Jai Gup Bin
  Lit : Witch's Delivery Express
    d. Takeshi Shimizu
    Fuka Koshiba, Rie Miyazawa, Minako Kotobuki,
      Machiko Ono, Ryohei Hirota
  Rating : I
  Length : 108 mins.
  Opening April 17 2014

  Kiki (Fuka Koshiba) is the daughter of a witch Koriki. Following an ancient law of witchery, once Kiki turns 13 she must leave her home and travel to another place, where she needs to live on her own for one year. With Jiji, her black cat, she climbs on her broom and flies off until she finds the town of Koriko, set in a group of islands far over the sea.

  Flying over the town, she spies a windmill. Landing, she smells bread and comes into the ‘Buy Bye Bakery’, where she meets Osono, the kindhearted owner. Bearing in mind her mother’s admonition to always ‘keep smiling’, she decides to start a broom-based delivery service and meets a youth Tombo who is fascinated in flying.

  Kiki demonstrates her flying skills to many in the town, and soon receives a lots of delivery order. Jiji doesn’t share the same enthusiasm, but Kiki ignores this and enjoyed her new life. Unfortunately, Word of the ‘curse’ spreads and soon people return everything she has delivered. In shock, she loses her ability to fly, and resolves to abandon her hopes of becoming a full-fledged witch.

  What will she do next? Will she recover both her magic and her smile?

  Can : Ho Ching 3D
  Lit : Bold Love 3D
  Lit : Bold Love 2
    d. Lee Kung Lok
    Chapman To Man Jat, Josie Ho Chiu Yi, Taka Kato,
      Anri Okita, Maiko Yuki, Kana Yume
      Nozomi Aso, Tsukasa Aoi, Yui Tatsumi,
      Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung,
  Rating : III
  Length : 106 mins.
  Opening March 25 2014 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 3 2014
  Site : http://hkiff.org.hk/eng/film/detail/38239-3d-naked-ambition.html

  Vulgaria star Chapman To challenges the boundaries of good taste again, this time alongside a platoon of Japanese AV stars in the raunchy and rudely satirical 3D Naked Ambition. An honors graduate in literature, Wayman (To) is stuck writing cheap erotic fiction, but somehow ends up starring in an AV film. Suddenly a porn superstar in Japan, he discovers a whole new world fraught with pleasure, pain and more twists and turns than he or the audience expects!

  Top literature department graduate Chan Wai Man falls to write sex stories in the newspaper for a living, while his live in girlfriend becomes a popular romantic novel queen whose novels are destined to be bestsellers. The woman on top situation does not just appear at work but also in bed.

  Chan Wai Man's disappointing career falls into the abyss with the newspaper ending its sex pages. A group of unemployed and disillusioned sex page writers meet with a friend who delivers new film for adult video film reviews at the adult video store. Chan suddenly gets an idea. Since they grew up on Japanese adult video, why do they not make one of their own and go from viewers to producers even if it is just for fun? Finally they receive overwhelming responses for investment from a group of shut in friends and even plan to form a tour group to visit the set......

  Can : Na Yeh Ning Sun, Ngor Jor Seung Liu Wong Gok Hoi Wong Dai Bo Dik Hung Van
    Wong Yau Nam, Tsui Tin Yau, Janice Man Wing Shan,
      Sam Lee Chan Sam, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Wai Ying Hung,
      Lam Suet, Jacqueline Chong Si Man
  Rating : III
  Length : 124 mins.
  Opening March 28 2014 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 10 2014
  Site : https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=20144221#tab=video25
  Site : http://www.hkiff.org.hk/eng/film/detail/38187-the-midnight-after.html

  Fruit Chan’s very Hong Kong story is based on a local internet sci-fi novel with a title made up of 17 Chinese characters plus a comma. A mini-bus leaves beautiful Mongkok one evening for Tai Po. It exits the Lion Rock Tunnel, drops off three Chinese University students and arrives in a Tai Po totally void of people and traffic. Then the passengers start dying horrible disfiguring deaths, or are raped and murdered by fellow travellers. A streetwise apocalyptic vision with special Fruit Chan characteristics, ingeniously aided by local rocker Jan Curious strumming a broom guitar and lip synching “This is ground control to Major Tom...”

  A night like any other in the streets of Hong Kong: in the midst of the tangle of night-owls, cars and vendors, a group of passengers climbs aboard a minibus that is to take them from Mongkok to Tai Po. The group is as diverse as the city: there’s a young man on drugs, an arguing couple, a woman with prayer beads and a girl who has just fallen in love. And behind the wheel sits the chatty driver. But as the bus emerges from a tunnel, everything is suddenly quite still: the streets and buildings are all empty and there’s not a soul to be seen; it’s as if everyone has suddenly been swallowed by the earth. Only the millions of neon lights continue to blink, as if nothing has happened. The eclectic group of passengers seek refuge in a deserted café and discuss what they should do. Then they make an horrific discovery … After his film Dumplings, which premiered in the 2005 Panorama, indie director Fruit Chan adapts the best-selling novel ‘Lost on a Minibus from Mongkok to Taipo’ and once again turns the horror genre upside down for his screen version, The Midnight After. A fast-paced and scary shocker which also happens to feature a David Bowie song.

 3 RIO 2
    d. Carlos Saldanha
    Blue Sky Studio Animaton
    English Voices: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement

    d. Anthony Russo, Jose Russo
    Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson,
      Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie

  Can : Mor Gaing
  Lit : Demon Cop
    d. Dante Lam Chiu Yin
    Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho),
      Andy Tien (On Chi Kit), Lam Ka Wa,
      Liu Kai Chi, Au Kam Tong,
      Lee Kwok Lun, Ken Wong Hap Hei, Deep Ng Ho Hong,
      Xie Jieting, Shatina Chen
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 112 mins.
  Opening February 8 2014 at the Berlin International Film Festival
  Opening April 7 2014 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 17 2014
  Site : https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=20143897#tab=video25
  Site : http://www.hkiff.org.hk/eng/film/detail/38203-that-demon-within.html

  Action maestro Dante Lam strikes again with a psychological thriller packed with ferocious antics. Daniel Wu plays Dan, a taciturn and dutiful cop. Cruel fate leads him to save Nick Cheung’s life, the leader of a gang of violent armed robbers, allowing him to go on to commit more crimes and kill more cops. Guilt-ridden, Dan devises an outlandish scheme to “befriend” the leader and causes the gang to implode. But someone who so single-mindedly pursues anything might just be sick in the head and have a history. His superiors suspect as much, but the snowball of crime committed in the name of justice has started rolling.

  A shootout on the night-time streets of Hong Kong results in a bleeding man being taken to hospital. Reticent policeman Dave doesn't think twice about donating blood to save him. But the wounded man turns out to be Hon Kong, head honcho of a brutal group of street-thugs known as the ‘Gang from Hell’. The gang commit murderous hold-ups wearing demon masks and show no mercy to either civilians nor the police. Dave is plagued by a guilty conscience and decides to dismantle the gang. He is haunted by increasingly dreadful visions which appear to be connected to his past. When Hon is betrayed by gang-members, Dave decides to throw in his lot with the criminal in order to achieve his goal. But boundaries become blurred: Dave falls under suspicion of murder, colleagues turn out to be corrupt and his visions become ever more threatening ... In That Demon Within multi-award-winning action specialist Dante Lam, who with this new film is now a guest of the Berlinale for the fourth time, tells a virtuoso, psychologically ambiguous cop story imbued with the shady atmosphere and extremes of the megacity.

  By a strange twist of fate, dutiful Hong Kong policeman Dan saves the life of the leader of a violent gang of armed robbers. When they commit another crime, Dan is determined to put an end to their activities. He works with the leader, whom the gang had betrayed, to engineer a plan to wreak havoc within the gang and let the gangsters kill one another. But it becomes increasingly obvious to Dan and to his colleagues that Dan is suffering from a severe mental disorder, and Dan finds that instead of upholding the law as a righteous police officer, he has now become a fugitive wanted for murder. Dan changes his plan and executes one final move that is certain to wipe out all traces of the gang and restore his reputation as a good police officer.

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