Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: June 2-8

A documentary exploring contemporary Hong Kong youth, a hand-drawn animation set in a Paris stuck in the Age of Steam, and pitch-black comedy gold in a Balkans-set drama are among this month’s offerings

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 June, 2016, 8:33am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2016, 2:33pm

1. The Taste of Youth

The joy and sorrow – but mostly sorrow – of today’s Hong Kong youths are explored in this latest documentary by KJ director Cheung King-wai, who takes a straightforward and non-judgmental approach to understanding his eloquent subjects. (Opens on June 2)

2. April and the Extraordinary World

The wildly imaginative vision of the French graphic novelist Jacques Tardi is given vivid life in this hand-drawn animation, which follows a young woman and her talking cat as they navigate an alternate Paris that’s still stuck in the Age of Steam. (Opens on June 2)

3. The Jungle Book

Having spawned Disney’s animated wonder, the Rudyard Kipling classic is again turned into a visually stunning and emotionally engaging live-action feature, which retains even the musical staples The Bare Necessities and I Wan’na Be Like You from the 1967 film. (Now showing)

4. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Three upper-class couples find their attempts to start eating at dinner parties repeatedly thwarted by bizarre incidents in Luis Bunuel’s 1972 satire on social norms, a surrealist masterpiece that also won the best foreign language film Oscar. (June 4, part of Cine Fan programme)

5. A Perfect Day

Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins deliver marvellous turns as international aid workers in an armed conflict zone in this Balkans-set drama, which turns the humanitarian crew’s struggles to finish a straightforward task into pitch-black comedy gold. (Opens on June 2)

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