Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (February 2-8), from Hidden Figures to La La Land

Black women at Nasa in the 1960s, Hollywood celebrates Hollywood, faces in a cinema, Polynesian animation and a Chinese classic from the ’50s

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 February, 2017, 8:32am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 3:04pm

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1. Hidden Figures

What a difference a week makes. Even after La La Land garnered 14 Oscar nods, this fact-based Nasa drama finds its way back into the best picture race with a best-ensemble award at the Screen Actors Guild; four of the past six SAG winners have gone on to win the best picture Oscar. (Opens on February 2)

2. La La Land

A film so close to enjoying universal praise that it’s attracting an inevitable backlash, Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to his exhilarating jazz drama Whiplash (2014) is a cinematic triumph on so many levels that it’s easy to forgive its flaws: from its lack of originality to its “white saviour” trope. (Now showing)

3. Shirin

The late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s fixation on spectatorship finds an exquisite expression in this 2008 experiment, comprised of close-up shots of the faces of over 100 Iranian actresses, and a headscarved Juliette Binoche, as they pretend to watch a film. (February 2, part of Cine Fan programme)

4. Moana

At a time when diversity is becoming its own battleground, Disney offers the perfect antidote in this glorious animated feature, steeped in ancient Polynesian culture and starring a brown-skinned, feminist heroine. Dwayne Johnson voices the singing-and-dancing god, Maui. (Now showing)

5. Calendar Girl

A key title among the Putonghua-speaking urban musicals made by Motion Picture and General Investment, director Doe Ching’s 1959 classic will still dazzle today’s audience with its impressive numbers, costumes and stage décor. (February 5, part of HK Film Archive’s Archival Gems programme)

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