Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: March 31-April 6

A Hong Kong gangland universal suffrage fable, two early Stanley Kubrick efforts, and Disney's magical Zootopia are among this week's must-see movies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 March, 2016, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 April, 2016, 2:30pm

1. Sing Street

A Dublin teenager starts a band to impress a cool girl in this 1985-set comedy, which is as much Once director John Carney’s nostalgic response to 1980s music and fashion as it is a celebration of the zest of adolescence. (April 6, opening film of Film Ireland programme)

2. The Mobfathers

Director Herman Yau isn’t known for pulling punches in his films on social injustice, and he delivers in exhilarating fashion with this gangland universal suffrage fable, in which three of Hong Kong’s most politically active actors share top billing. (Opens on March 31)

3. Fear and Desire / The Seafarers

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch Stanley Kubrick’s feature debut Fear and Desire, a low-budget anti-war allegory from 1953. screening with The Seafarers, a documentary short he made in the same year. (April 3, part of Hong Kong Film Archive’s Restored Treasures programme)

4. Love Exposure

The Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono has made his fair share of subversive movies over the years, although few compare to the sheer exuberance of this four-hour epic on religion, upskirt photography, gory carnage and pure love. (April 5, part of Cine Fan programme)

5. Zootopia

The first-rate animation and uproarious bunch of talking animals are just parts of the charm of this Disney masterpiece, which digs deep into the American zeitgeist for its cogent cue for trust and understanding in a culture of racial intolerance. (Now showing)

For more recommended movies at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, check out our picks of 25 to watch from its extensive programme.