Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: October 13-19

Wild West gunslingers, a US whistleblower, Korean best friends, anti-drugs police and The Beatles are the subjects of this weeks’s cinematic picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 October, 2016, 8:03am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 November, 2016, 8:09pm

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1. Snowden

There’s little doubt that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s magnetic performance has made it much easier for Oliver Stone to paint Edward Snowden as an American hero. The director’s first fact-based drama since 2008’s W. is also his most relevant work in a long, long time. (Now showing)

2. Soul Mate

Two girls become best friends, fall out over the same guy, and then spend years making up for their fractured friendship: Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung has turned this tritest of stories into one of the best Chinese-language films of 2016. (October 13, part of Hong Kong Asian Film Festival)

3. The Magnificent Seven

Stop ranting about Antoine Fuqua’s ethnically diverse remake of John Sturges’ 1960 classic western, or Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954). You’re either thrilled to see Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Lee Byung-hun play uber-cool gunslingers – or you’re not. (Opens on October 13)

4. Operation Mekong

Few audiences went into Dante Lam Chiu-yin’s cop thrillers for their characters’ sappy back stories, and the Hong Kong action maestro appears to have finally got the point: this no-nonsense anti-narcotics adventure is the purest adrenaline rush he’s ever served. (Now showing)

5. The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years

Methodically edited from hundreds of hours of rare footage crowd-sourced from fans and found in the band’s own archives, Ron Howard’s illuminating documentary on the Fab Four’s early years offer the viewers front row seats to some key moments in music history. (Opens on October 13)

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