A still from Ghost in the Shell. Photo: Paramount Pictures

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (March 30-April 5), from Mad World to Ghost in the Shell

A restored print of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s masterful Dekalog on the big screen, the award-winning debut feature of Hong Kong’s Wong Chun, and a poignant wartime drama among our must-sees

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1 Dekalog

Any self-respecting film buff should check out this restored print of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s canonical mini-series. If you’re new to his 1988 masterpiece, expect plenty of existential dilemmas among the deeply flawed, if only human, residents of a housing complex in late-communist era Poland. (Re-release from April 1)

2 Ghost in the Shell

No anime fan would expect a Hollywood production to replicate the delirious mix of graphic violence and philosophical riddles in Mamoru Oshii’s cult 1995 film. This live-action remake, starring Scarlett Johansson, has at least done the cyberpunk culture proud with its enthralling visuals. (Opens on March 30)

3 Mad World

Hong Kong cinema has found a new director-screenwriter combo to rave about in Wong Chun and Florence Chan, already winners of multiple awards for their feature debut. Shawn Yue stars as a bipolar patient in this austere family drama, spiced with a heavy dose of social criticism. (Opens on March 30)

4 In This Corner of the World

The resilience of women is poignantly conveyed in Japanese animator Sunao Katabuchi’s latest film. Set near Hiroshima during the second world war, this wistful coming-of-age story is both a reminder of the horrors of war and a celebration of the human spirit that help people through it all. (Opens on March 30)

5 Antiporno

Director Sion Sono – once best known for such perverted hits as Suicide Club and Love Exposure – has come up with one of his most thought-provoking movies to date. The psychodrama, starring former AKB48 member Ami Tomite, offers a surprisingly complex look at women’s place in art and cinema. (Now showing)

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