Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: July 7-13

Refugees in the Med, sexy Korean noir, drone warfare, pre-war Japanese social activism and pets on the loose in New York are the subjects of this week’s picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 8:33am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 July, 2016, 1:01pm

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1. Fire at Sea

The tranquil daily life of local residents on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa is juxtaposed, to shocking effect, with the fate of refugees passing through in this cogent documentary, a deserved Golden Bear winner for best picture at the Berlin Film Festival. (Opens on July 7)

2. The Handmaiden

While Park Chan-wook has labelled this a feminist story, the twisty noir also happens to feature one of the hottest sex scenes in recent memory. Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri are irresistible as a pair of lesbian lovers who plot their escape with delirious sleights of hand. (Now showing)

3. Eye in the Sky

The moral ambiguity of drone strikes is explored with precision and absurd comedy in this exemplary war-on-terror story. Featuring Alan Rickman’s final screen role, the film also stars Helen Mirren as a tough colonel and Aaron Paul as a conscience-stricken pilot. (Now showing)

4. No Regrets for Our Youth

Before she became the face of Yasujiro Ozu’s family dramas, Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara gave one of her best performances in Akira Kurosawa’s first film after the second world war, as a discreet young woman who becomes a social activist. (July 8, part of Cine Fan programme)

5. The Secret Life of Pets

Unless you go in expecting a cerebral human drama, there’s no shortage of slapstick fun in this animated feature by Illumination, the studio behind Minions . A frenetic account of several pets’ adventure across New York city, this is an action-packed comedy for all the family. (Now showing)

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