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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (Sept 21-27), from A Taxi Driver to The Tag-Along 2

A taxi driver during South Korea’s violent Gwangju Uprising, a friendly ghost, a getaway driver with a beat, Cate Blanchett’s art-house look at art, and a pop star in a Taiwanese horror sequel features in this week’s must-see movies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 September, 2017, 8:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 September, 2017, 8:01am

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1. A Taxi Driver

Props to South Korea for picking this local blockbuster as the country’s official entry in the foreign-language Oscar race. Revolving around Song Kang-ho’s working-class hero, the fact-based drama shines a light on a traumatic chapter in its modern history: the Gwangju Uprising in 1980. (Opens on Sept 21)

2. A Ghost Story

Between directing a pair of Disney blockbusters (2016’s Pete’s Dragon and the upcoming Peter Pan), David Lowery has made his best film to date with this wonderfully mysterious gem, which comically muses on the transience of human experience. (Sept 21, part of the Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong)

3. Baby Driver

Don’t let the late Hong Kong release and lack of hype put you off catching one of the year’s best films. A heist thriller about a getaway driver might not sound like much, but Edgar Wright’s proficiency in blending the movement with a killer soundtrack renders this an unusual masterpiece. (Now showing)

4. Manifesto

For those who can’t get enough of Cate Blanchett, here are 13 mini-performances to relish. By reconfiguring his multimedia installation into a feature-film format, artist Julian Rosefeldt has found a new audience for this endlessly watchable series of monologues based on famous artistic statements. (Now showing)

5. The Tag-Along 2

A far more engaging drama than the first instalment, director Cheng Wei-hao’s follow-up effort – further invigorated by pop star Rainie Yang’s calming presence – has now surpassed his own record-breaking 2015 hit to become the highest-grossing Taiwanese horror film in living memory. (Opens on Sept 21)

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