Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (April 6-12), from Hell or High Water to A Silent Voice

An Oscar-nominated modern-day western, a coming-of-age anime romance, and a new print of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 sci-fi thriller Stalker among our must-see movies of the week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2017, 8:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 April, 2017, 12:36pm

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1. Hell or High Water

A modern-day western which pits a pair of bank-robbing brothers (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) against two weary Texan rangers (Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham), this Oscar-nominated thriller by British director David Mackenzie offers a gritty and at times strangely lyrical look at violence and loyalty. (Opens on April 6)

2. A Silent Voice

Hot on the heels of the smash hit Your Name, Japanese animators are indulging us with another beautiful coming-of-age romance in this cruel but no less sensitive tale on the perils of teenage life, which surrounds its theme of loneliness with serious subjects such as bullying and disability. (Opens on April 6)

3. Ghost in the Shell

Hong Kong audiences could have a ball spotting the locations: from a stroll on Des Voeux Road Central, to the futuristic-looking architecture of Montane Mansion in Quarry Bay and Lai Tak Tsuen in Tai Hang, right up to the climactic scene shot with a replica of Causeway Bay’s circular footbridge. (Now showing)

4. Mad World

Going into this Sunday’s Hong Kong Film Awards with eight nominations, director Wong Chun’s socially relevant feature debut has a great chance of adding to its already impressive awards haul. Irrespective of the outcome, Shawn Yue has undoubtedly given the performance of his career here. (Now showing)

5. Stalker

Time and space bend in hypnotic and philosophically provocative fashion in the late, great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s adaptation of the Strugatsky brothers’ sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic. The 1979 classic is screening with a newly restored print. (April 11, part of Hong Kong International Film Festival)

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