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Top five films to see in Hong Kong this week (August 3-9), from Still Life to Our Kind of Traitor

Jia Zhangke’s drama set amid destruction on the banks of the Yangtze River to create the Three Gorges Dam, the latest John le Carre adaptation, re-runs for Hong Kong cartoon classic and a David Lynch film, among the week’s top picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 8:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 August, 2017, 8:00am

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1. Still Life

Jia Zhangke’s expressionistic drama about two lost souls wandering the Three Gorges Dam sites comes across as an even more wistful study of nostalgia today than 11 years ago, when it won the Golden Lion in Venice, amid China’s startling sprint towards capitalist modernity. (August 5, part of M+ Screenings: City Limits programme)

2. Blue Velvet

The world wasn’t ready for David Lynch’s extraordinarily subversive take on America’s suburban psyche in 1986. Three decades on, its intoxicating mix of coming-of-age romance and detective mystery remains an indisputable cultural landmark. (August 5, part of The Nightmare Maker: David Lynch Retrospective)

3. Our Kind of Traitor

Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris play well-meaning tourists who get caught up in international espionage in this engaging adaptation of John le Carre’s 2010 novel. First premiered in May 2016, Trump’s chaotic reign has given its depiction of Russian collusion in shady affairs added relevance. (Opens on August 3)

4. McDull, Prince de la Bun

Few Hong Kong films produced since the 2004 release of this second instalment of the animated series about a dim-witted piglet have proved half as inspired. It tickles the funny bone and pulls the heartstrings of Cantonese-speaking Hongkongers like few others. (August 4, part of the Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival)

5. Mon Mon Mon Monsters

Giddens Ko Ching-teng was never going to replicate the success of his directing debut You Are the Apple of My Eye by trading its crowd-pleasing romantic comedy for a relentlessly bleak and gruesome tale. All credit to the popular author, then, for sticking to his vision for this impressive horror outing. (Now showing)

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