Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: January 21-27

A wuxia classic, the 2008 financial crisis as farce, Kieslowski masterpieces, a life-affirming musical drama and a Chinese director stepping in front of the camera: this week’s must-see movies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 2016, 3:54pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 February, 2016, 11:47am

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1. The Big Short

The horrors of the 2008 financial crisis are made perversely funny by Anchorman director Adam McKay, who, together with an A-list cast, turn Moneyball author Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book into a smart and cunning ensemble farce. (Opens on January 21)

2. Three Colours trilogy

One of the landmarks of the art-house cinema in the 1990s, this trio of films by the inimitable Krzysztof Kieslowski are named after colours of the French flag – and deeply poignant in their meditation on love and loss. (January 22, 23 and 24, part of Cine Fan programme)

3. La La La at Rock Bottom

Rock ’n’ roll can save lives in this heart-warming musical drama by Linda Linda Linda director Nobuhiro Yamashita, which takes a refreshing look at redemption through the offbeat romance between an amnesiac ex-con and a youthful band manager. (Opens on January 21)

4. Mr. Six

One of China’s eminent filmmakers steps forward to deliver a stunning performance in this gritty crime thriller, which sees Feng Xiaogang play a former gang leader who comes out of retirement in a Beijing society dramatically changed by capitalism. (Opens on January 21)

5. Swordsman II

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia left an indelible impression as Asia the Invincible – a male villain who has castrated himself to attain mythical powers – in this spectacular wuxia film, directed by Tony Ching Siu-tung. (January 24, part of 100 Must See Hong Kong Movies programme)