Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: December 31-January 6

Cinematic choices span martial arts, a Japanese fantasy adventure, the can-can, marriage and making money

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 December, 2015, 8:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 January, 2016, 7:04pm

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The Boy and the Beast

As if Summer Wars and Wolf Children weren’t enough support for his claim as Japan’s leading animator, Mamoru Hosoda puts his doubters to rest with this unclassifiable gem, which sees a street kid join an ursine warrior in an epic fantasy adventure. (Opens on December 31)

French Cancan

Kicking off this retrospective programme on the legendary distributor Gaumont is Jean Renoir’s 1954 Technicolor classic, which sketches a vibrant backstage romance around the opening of the Moulin Rouge in 19th-century Paris. (January 4, part of Hong Kong French Film Festival)

Ip Man 3

Before he leaps into the Star Wars universe with next year’s spin-off Rogue One, Donnie Yen makes a fist of reprising his most famous role in this action drama, a comparatively mellow story scattered with martial arts showdowns of the highest order. (Now showing)

Joy

Joy is the name of Jennifer Lawrence’s character and the sensation she inspires in her third collaboration with David O. Russell, a decades-spanning ensemble comedy based upon the American entrepreneur and inventor of the Miracle Mop. (Opens on December 31)

Anniversary

Let it be known that Patrick Kong has made a decent film. The writer-director of many an excruciating rom-com has sobered up for this flawed but surprisingly watchable sequel to 2006’s Marriage with a Fool, reuniting Alex Fong and Stephy Tang. (Opens on December 31)