Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: April 14-20

Romantic drama, a look at love and life, James Dean, a peerless look at post-handover Hong Kong, and psychological sci-fi thriller make up the best of this week’s films

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 April, 2016, 9:01am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 April, 2016, 4:21pm

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1. 45 Years

Acting doesn’t get more nuanced than in this sublime marital drama by Andrew Haigh. Flawlessly played by Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, the couple’s attempts to cope with a haunting secret from the past prove utterly devastating. (Opens on April 14)

2. Anomalisa

A motivational speaker checks into a mundane hotel on an exhausting business trip in this stop-motion animation, which, through the trickery of co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, turns into a miraculous study of love, loneliness, and life itself. (Now showing)

3. Life

Anton Corbijn knows a cool image when he sees one, so it’s no surprise that the Dutch photographer and filmmaker has created quite an impression out of the back story to Life photographer Dennis Stock’s iconic 1955 shoot with James Dean. (Opens on April 14)

4. Trivisa

One of the best crime thrillers you’ll see in cinemas all year, this impressive debut by three young local directors takes a leaf from the Milkyway Image production style and offers an evocative fable on the waning influence of post-handover Hong Kong. (Now showing)

5. 10 Cloverfield Lane

All you need to know about this J.J. Abrams-produced genre-bender is that it’s a spiritual follow-up to 2008’s Cloverfield, with great performances by John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and a story that will keep you guessing until the end. (Opens on April 14)