Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: March 17-23

A skateboarding female vampire, elderly artists, Hollywood’s golden age, sisters’ search for husbands, and identity in the social media age are the pick of the flicks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 March, 2016, 2:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 March, 2016, 2:00pm

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1. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A female vampire on a skateboard sets out to clean up a lawless city, only to fall for a James Dean lookalike in this black-and-white Iranian western, stylishly written and directed by debut filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour. (March 18, part of Reel Women Hong Kong programme)

2. Youth

In this spiritual cousin to his 2014 Oscar winner The Great Beauty , Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s second English-language film is another sensory delight that charts the autumn years of artists, here marvellously played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. (Opens on March 17)

3. Hail Caesar!

Even without getting its myriad cinematic references, audiences of the Coen Brothers’ new comedy will still be in for a rollicking ride as George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson and many more Hollywood stars line up to revive the Tinseltown of old. (Now showing)

4. Our Sister Hedy

Screen icon Jeanette Lin Tsui is the star of this 1957 Cathay Studios rom-com classic, revolving around four sisters’ adorable attempts to find the right husband. (Outdoor screening on March 18, part of Angels over the Rainbow – Cathay 80th Anniversary Celebration programme)

5. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

Twelve years after his last live-action feature in Japan, Shunji Iwai returns with a sprawling drama that explores people’s slippery identities in the social media era – and the ecstatic bond that develops between a pair of lonely hearts despite everything else. (Opens on March 17)