Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (December 22-28), from animated musical Sing to sex comedy Wet Woman in the Wind

There’s a rare chance to watch the original Trainspotting on the big screen ahead of the release next year of the sequel to the Irving Welsh adaptation

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 December, 2016, 8:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 January, 2017, 1:28pm

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1. Sing

After unleashing all those Minions into the world, the studio Illumination has come up with one of its best animated movies yet in this musical comedy, which revolves around a huge ensemble of animals as they go on a parade of catchy tunes, performed by a star-studded cast. (Opens on December 22)

(Warning: trailer contains nudity)

 

2. Wet Woman in the Wind

A soft-core sex comedy that is more exhilarating than it has any right to be, Akihiko Shiota’s spirited homage to 1973’s Lovers Are Wet – a classic in the Roman Porno sub-genre – is a hilarious tle of sexual attraction involving a philandering playwright and a predatory beauty. (Opens on December 22)

 

3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

A lean, mean and thoroughly enjoyable prequel to the original 1977 film, Gareth Edwards’ spin-off instalment brings back iconic characters in astonishing ways while showing exciting potentials of future “anthology” films. Also features Donnie Yen’s breakout Hollywood role. (Now showing)

4. The Life of Oharu

Long after he made his name with pre-war efforts such as The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (1939), Kenji Mizoguchi earned global acclaim with this 1952 classic, starring Kinuyo Tanaka as a Japanese woman who suffers through an epic fall in social status. (December 23, part of Cine Fan programme)

 

5. Trainspotting

Who knew an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s darkly comic tale of Edinburgh heroin addicts could enlighten generations of film lovers? Don’t miss Danny Boyle’s 1996 hit, already primed for a hotly anticipated 2017 sequel. (December 26, part of Broadway Cinematheque’s 20th anniversary programme)

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