Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: January 28-February 3

A Lunar New Year Classic, a gentle ode to the human condition, a creepy psycho-drama, the 2008 Wall Street crash played for laughs, and a true-life journalist’s story are this week’s must-sees

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 January, 2016, 2:20pm
UPDATED : Friday, 05 February, 2016, 11:47am

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1. The Big Short

The wolves of Wall Street got rich off the American housing market in 2008 and then become the stars of this Oscars-nominated comedy, an entertaining and suitably infuriating take on Michael Lewis’ non-fiction account of the subprime meltdown. (Now Showing)

2. All’s Well, Ends Well

Possibly the most watched Lunar New Year film in Hong Kong history, this wacky 1992 comedy – starring Leslie Cheung, Stephen Chow and Maggie Cheung – is finally back on the big screen with a restored, extended version after countless TV re-runs. (Opens on January 30)

3. Dead Ringers

David Cronenberg cemented his status as an auteur with this 1988 psychological drama, which stars Jeremy Irons as identical twin gynaecologists caught in a downward spiral of confused identity and mental collapse. (January 30, part of Cine Fan programme)

4. An

A solitary middle-aged baker crosses paths with an old lady with miraculous culinary skill in Naomi Kawase’s gentle ode to life, which champions humans’ harmony with nature while reassuring them that joy, as long as they look, is everywhere. (Opens on January 28)

5. Kill the Messenger

Jeremy Renner is superb as the late investigative journalist Gary Webb in this true-life drama, which assiduously reconstructs his fall from grace when his exposés on the CIA are discredited by authorities, rival media and colleagues alike. (Opens on January 28)