Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: February 11-17

A syrupy romance, cinematic poetry from Pasolini, a ravishing take on 1950s lesbian love, a comic anti-hero brought irreverently to life, and a watchable Monkey King sequel make up our must-sees

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 February, 2016, 12:26pm
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2016, 3:40pm

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1. Carol

One of 2015’s best reviewed films and a surprise snub in the best picture Oscar race, Todd Haynes’ ravishing take on a Patricia Highsmith novel elevates the 1950s lesbian romance with nuanced performances and gorgeous cinematography. (Opens on February 11)

2. Deadpool

The wettest dream of Marvel Comics geeks have come true with this irreverent adaptation, which sees Ryan Reynolds reprise his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as a mentally unstable anti-hero out to take on political correctness. (Now showing)

3. The Gospel According to St. Matthew

In Pier Paolo Pasolini’s austere masterpiece from 1964, the Biblical text on Jesus of Nazareth is transformed, via neo-realist aesthetics, into cinematic poetry. Undoubtedly one of the atheist director’s very best films. (February 13, part of Cine Fan programme)

4. The Monkey King 2

After a surprisingly abysmal first film starring Donnie Yen, the Soi Cheang-directed fantasy franchise finds its poise with an exemplary sequel. The recasting of Aaron Kwok as the Monkey King, while looking suspect on paper, proves inspired in execution. (Now Showing)

5. The Choice

If you’re left with no choice but this Nicholas Sparks adaptation on Valentine’s Day, be sure to rest your cynicism and let the wave of wholesomeness wash over you. Make no mistake: this North Carolina-set romance is shamelessly melodramatic. (Opens on February 11)