Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: January 14-20

This week’s picks include a glimpse into the life of a modern day genius, a terrifying yet poetic tragedy about a father’s quest to gift his daughter a new face, an anime classic set in an apocalyptic Hong Kong and more

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 January, 2016, 1:02pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 4:15pm

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1. Steve Jobs

Michael Fassbender may look nothing like Steve Jobs, but his mesmerising turn as the flawed Apple co-founder lends the needed gravity to Aaron Sorkin’s pitch-perfect script, which thrillingly revisits Jobs before three of his product launches. (Opens on January 14)

2. Eyes Without a Face

At once lyrical and grotesque, this 1960 masterpiece by French director Georges Franju blends horror and cinematic poetry in its depiction of a doctor who obsessively seeks a new face for his disfigured daughter. (January 14 and 20, part of Hong Kong French Film Festival)

3. 100 Yen Love

Eclectic Japanese actress Sakura Ando gives a career-defining performance in this peculiarly life-affirming genre hybrid, which follows a slacker as she awkwardly falls in love and, more improbably, vents a lifetime’s frustration through amateur boxing. (Now showing)

4. Ghost in the Shell

Soulless government cyborgs hunt for a cyber entity influencing the citizens in Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 animated classic, whose setting in a sci-fi version of Hong Kong is as much a masterstroke of speculative fiction as it is, well, an irony. (January 17, part of M+ Screenings: Visible Places programme)

5. Dheepan

In Jacques Audiard’s slow-burning drama, a veteran Tamil Tiger, a woman and a young girl escape the Sri Lankan civil war only to find more violence in a French housing project. Warranted or otherwise, this Palme d’Or winner will shock you with its dramatic finale. (Now showing)