After the Storm.

Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: July 28-August 3

Japanese domestic drama and fantasy/science fiction, French new wave cinema and documentary, and good old Star Trek complete the line-up this week

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1. After the Storm

When do people begin to realise that they’re never going to live up to their once-lofty aspirations? Such is the deceptively mundane question contemplated by this warm and subtle domestic drama, sublimely brought to life by the Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda. (Now showing)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

2. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Master animator Hayao Miyazaki announced his arrival with this 1984 feature, which blends science fiction and fantasy action with a memorable technology-versus-nature story set in an apocalyptic future world. (July 31, part of MCL Cinemas’ Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective)

Star Trek Beyond.

3. Star Trek Beyond

Following the disappointment of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, the rebooted series of Gene Roddenberry’s iconic sci-fi adventure franchise gets its groove back with this adrenaline-charged third episode, injected by Justin Lin with an extra dose of poignancy. (Now showing)

Paris Belongs to Us.

4. Paris Belongs to Us

Sometimes regarded as the French New Wave’s inaugural film, Jacques Rivette’s 1961 feature – which began production in 1958, before The 400 Blows and Breathless – offers a mysterious portrayal of post-war conspiracies and disillusionment. (July 31, part of Cine Fan programme)


5. Tomorrow

Like a lecture glorified with a catchy soundtrack, this globe-trotting documentary by Mélanie Laurent and Cyril Dion will reward the intellectually curious with its illustration of pioneering initiatives in areas as varied as agriculture, economy, politics and education. (Opens on July 28)

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