Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Movies in Dili October 7-9th: "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Karate Kid"

There's plenty of action and adventure in this weekend's Cinema Lorosa'e movie screenings in Dili! At the Sunset Fair on Friday, October 7th we'll show "Pirates of the Caribbean" whilst on Saturday it'll be "The Karate Kid" at Government House, with another chance to see "Pirates of the Caribbean" there on Sunday evening. The Sunset Fair screening begins at 7.30pm and the Government House shows start at 7.00pm.

The first of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "The Curse of the Black Pearl" has a star-studded cast with Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush at the top of the bill. In the movie, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), the daughter of Governor Swann (Jonathan Pryce) is kidnapped by a group of pirates led by Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and taken aboard their ship, The Black Pearl, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), the young man who loves Elizabeth despite the fact that she is promised to another, sets out to rescue her. But he can't do it alone, so he enlists the help of swashbuckling ship captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Together the two chase after The Black Pearl, but they soon discover that the captain and crew aren't your average pirates. Cursed to remain between the living and the dead, Barbossa and his men look like skeletons when basked in the moonlight. When it is revealed that the only thing that can break the curse is Elizabeth's blood, Jack and Will are faced with a race against time and a battle against the undead to save the Governor's daughter.

In English with Bahasa Indonesia subtitles.

A modern update of the 1984 classic movie, "The Karate Kid" stars the action film star and kung fu expert Jackie Chan, who visited Timor-Leste in 2008 as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). During his visit, Chan encouraged young Timorese people to use martial arts “only as a peaceful force and never to threaten or harm others.”

A message of peace from Jackie Chan on his visit to Timor-Leste as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (Copyright UNMIT/Martine Perret)

A modern take on the successful 1980's movie series of the same name, "The Karate Kid" tells the story of a 12-year-old from Detroit who moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Upon arriving at his new school, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) develops a powerful crush on pretty classmate Mei Ying. The feeling is mutual, although the cultural divide between Dre and Mei Ying makes a friendship unlikely, and romance impossible. When cruel classmate and kung fu prodigy Cheng learns of Dre's feelings for Mei Ying, he harasses and humiliates the young outsider in front of the entire school. With no one to turn to for help, Dre confides his fears in kindly maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who knows that serenity and maturity -- not punches and power -- are the true keys to mastering the martial arts. As Dre prepares to face down his intimidating tormentor, he begins to realize that the real fight is just beginning. (In English with Bahasa Indonesia subtitles)

For more information about these and other movies, check out the Rotten Tomatoes website.