Song Kang-ho (left) and Gong Yoo in The Age of Shadows.

Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: October 20-26

South Korea’s Oscar entry heads a disparate list of foreign films and a flawed but fun remake of a classic Western

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Song Kang-ho in a still from The Age of Shadows.
1. The Age of Shadows

In what’s shaping up as a banner year for South Korean cinema, the recent surge of interest in occupation-era period pieces continues unabated with Kim Jee-woon’s gripping espionage thriller, the country’s submission for the foreign language Oscar. (Opens on October 20)

Up for Love stars Virginie Efira and Jean Dujardin.
2. Up for Love

A comedy based around its protagonist’s small stature is bound to appal some viewers, but this French romance – based on a 2013 Argentinean film – should win hearts for Jean Dujardin’s charming turn, as well as its delicate direction to avoid exploitation. (Opens on October 20)

Battle for Sevastopol
3. Battle for Sevastopol

The morally complex territory traversed by snipers receives another intriguing look in this Russian-Ukrainian co-production, which sees the sharpshooter Lyudmila Pavlichenko – with 309 confirmed kills – negotiate her frontline experiences with her personal life. (Opens on October 20)

Wild Berries
4. Wild Berries
Miwa Nishikawa is one of the best Japanese filmmakers of her generation, and this little-seen 2003 debut – revolving around the deceptions enveloping members of a middle-class family – is the dark comedy that announced her arrival. (October 24, part of Hong Kong Asian Film Festival)
Denzel Washington stars in The Magnificent Seven.
5. The Magnificent Seven

Denzel Washington leads a killer cast of heroic outlaws in this possibly unnecessary, borderline simplistic, yet exhilarating remake of John Sturges’ iconic Western. Antoine Fuqua’s colour-blind entertainer is the best that the Hollywood action genre is offering. (Now showing)

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