Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: December 10-16

A black-and-white slow burner, a King Hu essay, Aaron Kwok in an artful murder mystery, a satire on human greed and apathy and a home-invasion thriller make up our must-sees this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 December, 2015, 4:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 December, 2015, 2:04pm

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1. Sátántangó

A must-see for any self-respecting cinephile, Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr’s 1994 magnum opus is a seven-hour epic that, at a hypnotically deliberate pace, charts a false prophet’s arrival in a small and morose farming village. (December 13, part of Cine Fan programme)

2. Raining in the Mountain

Shot back-to-back in South Korea with 1979’s Legend of the Mountain, King Hu’s film – set around a Ming dynasty Buddhist monastery – is an immaculately crafted tale about man’s lust for power. (December 13, part of 100 Must See Hong Kong Movies programme)

3. Port of Call

In an artful murder mystery that’s supposed to be anchored by Aaron Kwok Fu-shing’s star turn as a hardened detective, it is two new actors – Michael Ning as the murderer and Jessie Li as the victim – who leave the most indelible impressions. (Now showing)

4. Human Capital

By slickly relocating Stephen Amidon’s Connecticut-set novel to northern Italy, Paolo Virzì’s socioeconomic fable offers a bitterly satirical look at human greed and apathy through several characters in an upper-middle-class circle. (Opens December 10)

5. Disorder

Matthias Schoenaerts returns to his sensitive best as a traumatised French Special Forces veteran in this unsettling home-invasion thriller, the second feature by French writer-director Alice Winocour. (December 10, part of Hong Kong French Film Festival)