Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (May 25-31), from Neruda to Wonder Woman

Pablo Larrain follows up Jackie with a very different type of biopic, of Chilean poet-politician Pablo Neruda, latest DC comics superhero film gets early Hong Kong show, and a Swedish It’s a Wonderful Life is heartwarming

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 May, 2017, 7:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 6:53pm

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1 Neruda

A biopic that intelligently defies genre conventions, Jackie director Pablo Larrain’s noirish take on the life of Chilean poet-politician Pablo Neruda makes inspired use of a second, fictional protagonist in Gael Garcia Bernal’s police detective. It’s a cat-and-mouse game that blends reality and dreams. (Opens on May 25)

2 Graduation

An enthralling tale of corruption across different ranks of Romanian society, Cristian Mungiu’s gripping social-realist drama – which won him the best director prize at Cannes – offers a wonderfully conflicted look at the moral decay in everyone who has contributed to the increasingly rotten world. (Now showing)

3 A Man Called Ove

As one of this year’s best foreign-language Oscar nominees, Swedish director Hannes Holm’s adaptation of a bestselling novel follows a grumpy man’s various suicide attempts – and renewed appreciation of life. Think of this black comedy as a Scandinavian reworking of It’s a Wonderful Life. (Opens on May 25)

4 Get Out

Prepare to cackle and wince, sometimes concurrently, at the barrage of racial hypocrisy in this provocative satire. While British actor Daniel Kaluuya and Girls star Allison Williams are perfect for their parts, it’s the deeply unnerving ensemble cast who turn this into a uniquely American nightmare. (Now showing)

5 Wonder Woman

While reviews are embargoed, fans can relax in the knowledge that Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have created possibly the most enjoyable DC superhero movie since the Dark Knight trilogy. Another plus: Hong Kong is given an earlier release than most other cities for this fun and action-packed movie. (Opens on May 30)

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