Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: April 7-13

A stop-motion stunner, a Shakespeare adaptation, bumbling buddy cops, gangsters and crime action feature in this week’s must-see films

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 April, 2016, 8:02am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 April, 2016, 4:21pm

1. Anomalisa
A stop-motion animation set in a drab hotel, Charlie Kaufman’s romance is also a profound undertaking that alternately sheds light on and poses new questions about the human condition. A one-of-a-kind masterpiece. (Opens on April 7)

2. Trivisa
This Johnnie To production marks a promising start for its three new directors – whether it’s viewed as a philosophical take on true crime stories or an implicit political fable tracing the source of Hong Kong’s gradual decline in the past 20 years. (Opens on April 7)3. Macbeth
Michael Fassbender makes a ferocious display of Shakespeare’s tragic hero in this terrific adaptation by Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel. It also has a commanding performance by Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. (Opens on April 7)4. Aces Go Places
Alongside its silly gadgets and crazy stunts, it’s the iconic pairing of Sam Hui and Karl Maka’s bumbling detectives that has left the most indelible impression from this 1982 action comedy. (April 8, part of The Wit and Wisdom of Cinema City programme)5. The Mobfathers

While Herman Yau’s gangster thriller was never meant to reinvent the triad movie tradition, its vibrant characters and snarky references to Hong Kong’s political chaos are enough to turn it into a socially engaged piece of pulp entertainment. (Now showing)