Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: November 12-18

Two uplifting films about terminal illness, a 1980s Chow Yun-fat/John Woo classic, the latest Bond film and a charming character study make up this week’s must-sees on the big screen

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 November, 2015, 7:46am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 10:23am

1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A major hit at Sundance, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s teen drama sidesteps its tangible calling as a romantic tearjerker to deliver an awkward but engrossing celebration of friendships and cinephilia. (Opens on November 12)

2. The Killer

Chow Yun-fat and Danny Lee meet their destinies (and myriad white doves) in action auteur John Woo’s heroic bloodshed masterpiece from 1989. (November 15, part of 100 Must See Hong Kong Movies programme)

3. Learning to Drive

A middle-aged woman loses her husband to adultery and a political refugee from India navigates his new arranged marriage in this New York story, which delivers its wisdom on self-empowerment with charm and eloquence. (Opens on November 12)

4. Spectre

The flamboyance is back in James Bond’s 24th outing, which is as much about the spectacular chase and fight scenes – with unmistakable references to classic set-pieces from previous films – as it is the ghosts of 007 past. (Now showing)

5. Go Away Mr. Tumour

Not even a terminal disease could dampen the high spirits of this energetic romantic comedy, which readily sweeps the viewers along the wildest fantasies of Bai Baihe’s cancer-fighting heroine. (Opens on November 12)