Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: March 24-30

From Disney’s laugh-out-loud funny Zootopia to a pompous, jumbled, eight-hour historical epic that’s a true test of your claim to cinephile status, here are our must-see films in the next seven days

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 March, 2016, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 April, 2016, 2:31pm

1. Zootopia

An urgent socio-political commentary that’s also laugh-out-loud funny, Disney’s latest venture into the animal kingdom follows a gutsy female bunny cop as she braves racial prejudice and classic crime- movie references to kick some serious ass. (Opens on March 24)

2. Youth

Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda are the timeless attractions in this second English-language feature by The Great Beauty director Paolo Sorrentino, a meditation on art and old age that’s set in a picturesque Alpine resort. Simply gorgeous. (Now showing)

3. The Turin Horse

Don’t miss this Master Class session by the great Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr, which follows a screening of the final film he made before retiring as a director – also a Grand Jury Prize winner at 2011’s Berlin Film Festival. (March 24, part of Hong Kong International Film Festival)

4. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

It doesn’t happen often that a viewer comes in with zero idea on where the story is heading or how it will end. But such is the case with Shunji Iwai’s latest film, about a young woman’s convoluted journey to develop genuine human connections in the social media age. (Now showing)

5. A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

There are many ways to stake a claim to being a cinephile, but few can compare with watching this black-and-white historical drama by Filipino director Lav Diaz. It is pompous, jumbled, and more than eight hours long. (March 27, part of Hong Kong International Film Festival)

For other recommended movies at the HKIFF, check out our picks of 25 to watch from its extensive programme.

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