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Top five films to see in Hong Kong this week (July 6-12), from Our Time Will Come to Spider-Man: Homecoming

Wartime Hong Kong, schoolboy Spider-Man, a handover-era social commentary on Hong Kong, a camp biopic of Gustav Mahler and local zombies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 July, 2017, 8:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 July, 2017, 8:01am

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1. Our Time Will Come

After getting Hong Kong Film Awards best picture and director wins for her last two films, Ann Hui On-wah takes on a deceptively straightforward task of dramatising a little-known chapter from the city’s wartime past. This is an espionage drama that brims with unexpected humanity – and even humour. (Opens on July 6)

2. Spider-Man: Homecoming

The beloved webslinger swings back to form in both big and small ways. Casting the fresh-faced Tom Holland as its adolescent lead and putting him in school, indie director Jon Watts’ reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a crowd-pleasing blend of youth comedy and superhero spectacle. (Opens on July 6)

3. Made in Hong Kong

A trio of teenagers failed by the education system, abandoned by family and caught up in a cycle of misfortune look to find a way out in this 1997 indie classic, the first film in writer-director Fruit Chan Gor’s politically inspired “1997 Trilogy”. Sam Lee Chan-sam makes an indelible impression in the leading role. (Now showing)

4. Mahler

The 19th-century Romantic composer receives an idiosyncratic biopic treatment at the hands of British director Ken Russell, who brings an excessive amount of camp to his depiction of key events in Gustav Mahler’s life. (July 8, part of Critics’ Choice 2017 – Music and Film in Six Movements programme)

5. Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight

Is this, as many say, the worst movie of 2017? Or the first true cult film to come out of Hong Kong in a long time? Either way, audiences are advised to put aside their presumptions for the zombie horror genre – and narrative conventions in general – to get the most out of this gleeful head-scratcher. (Now showing)

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