Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: October 27-November 2

Benedict Cumberbatch’s stunning superhero role stands out but Asian dramas and a music documentary offer satisfying choices

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 October, 2016, 10:01am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 November, 2016, 8:10pm

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1. Doctor Strange

Just when we’re starting to feel jaded by the Avengers films’ cookie-cutter visual scheme, along comes a perfect antidote. Benedict Cumberbatch makes the second-tier Marvel superhero his own with this visually spectacular – and thoroughly refreshing – origin story. (Opens on October 27)

2. Soul Mate

Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun play lifelong best friends who are grudgingly divided by their mutual affection for the same young man (Toby Lee) in this surprisingly engrossing drama, directed by rising filmmaker Derek Tsang with the most sensitive of touches. (Opens on October 27)

3. Apprentice

With just his second film, 32-year-old director Boo Junfeng announces his arrival as a major talent to watch with this prison drama – also Singapore’s submission for best foreign-language Oscar – which reconsiders the death-penalty laws through the eyes of hangmen. (Opens on October 27)

4. The Music of Strangers

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble are given the first-class documentary treatment by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville. Music means so much to these artists from some of the world’s most turbulent places, and the deeply philosophical film reflects that. (Opens on October 27)

5. The Age of Shadows

Gong Yoo, Song Kang-ho and an elusive Lee Byung-hun make up the starry cast of this exemplary spy thriller. South Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s follow-up to I Saw the Devil and The Good, the Bad, the Weird is another action-packed gem that will reward repeat viewings. (Now showing)

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