Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: November 19-25

A visually stunning manga adaptation, contrasting French social dramas, a Taiwanese story of grief and Ridley Scott’s definitive final cut of Blade Runner make up the coming week’s must-see films

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 November, 2015, 6:15am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 December, 2015, 2:04pm

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1. Zinnia Flower

Karena Lam Ka-yan – in her first leading role since 2010 – and Mayday guitarist Shih Chin-hang lend a pair of quietly powerful performances to this Taiwanese grief drama, charting the emotional routes to closure for two bereaved spouses. (Opens on November 19)

2. Blade Runner

Screening of the definitive “Final Cut” of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir masterpiece from 1982, which follows Harrison Ford’s jaded detective as he falls for a humanoid he’s supposed to terminate. (November 22, part of Cine Fan programme)

3. The Measure of a Man

Vincent Lindon took home the best actor prize at Cannes for his part as a repeatedly frustrated working-class father – alongside a cast of non-professional actors – in this devastating social drama. (November 19, part of Hong Kong French Film Festival)

4. Standing Tall

As much a troubled youth story as it is a celebration of the redemptive functions of French social agencies, Emmanuelle Bercot’s poignant drama finds both newcomer Rod Paradot and legend Catherine Deneuve in fine form. (Opens on November 19)

5. Miss Hokusai

A visually entrancing adaptation of Hanako Sugiura’s late Edo period-set manga, Keiichi Hara’s elliptically structured animation offers a vivid account of artmaking and female empowerment in a traditional Japanese society. (Opens on November 19)