Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (February 9-15), from I, Daniel Blake to John Wick: Chapter 2

Keanu Reeves’ return to form, Ken Loach’s angry call to arms, a hilarious Batman, and the film that will make Chilean director Pablo Larrain a household name are among our must-sees this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 February, 2017, 7:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 3:03pm

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1. I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach’s rage against social injustice has barely dampened in the 50 years since he took on the subject of homelessness in his television play Cathy Come Home, and the British director has once again sounded an angry call to arms with this 2016 Palme d’Or winner at Cannes. (Opens on February 9)

2. The Lego Batman Movie

A vast improvement over the Dark Knight’s joyless outing in last year’s live-action Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , this hilarious spin-off from the 2014 hit The Lego Movie puts the fun back into superhero crime-fighting with its satirical genius and cheeky meta-references. (Opens on February 9)

3. Hidden Figures

Revolving around the largely untold stories of how racial segregation formed part of the history of the US-Soviet space race, this feel-good drama by director Theodore Melfi is the perfect antidote to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy – and a wonderfully crafted crowd-pleaser in its own right. (Now showing)

4. Jackie

Chilean director Pablo Larrain has made a range of extraordinary films since the late 2000s, although it’s this English-language debut – a sublime portrait of the newly widowed Jacqueline Kennedy (played by the Oscar-nominated Natalie Portman) – that makes him a household name. (Opens on February 9)

5. John Wick: Chapter 2

For those missing the gun-fu mayhem previously considered the bread and butter of Hong Kong action cinema, go and see this delirious bullet ballet now. In his best role in a long time, Keanu Reeves stars as the titular retired hitman back on a perpetual, thunderous killing spree. (Opens on February 9)

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