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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 30-December 6), from The Third Murder to Redoubtable

A Japanese courtroom drama, the story of a comic writer, his wife and his lover, an ode to Jean-Luc Godard, a 1930s French love affair and a Groundhog Day-style teen slasher are this week’s cinematic picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 November, 2017, 8:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 November, 2017, 8:00am

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1. The Third Murder

Ever since he delved into the aftermath of a terrorist attack in 2001’s Distance, Hirokazu Koreeda has impressed with a range of acclaimed family dramas. The auteur returns to darker territories with this murder-trial thriller, a sublime tale of crime and punishment and the unknowable nature of truth. (Opens on November 30)

2. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Behind the relatively innocent character of Wonder Woman is a surprising backstory that turns out to be far more radical and provocative than any casual viewer could imagine. This 1940s tale traces the comic-book hero’s kinky origin to the unconventional romance of its polyamorous creator and his two partners. (Now showing)

3. Redoubtable

The confrontational nature of French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard provides a constant source of hilarity in this exquisite romcom for the art-house crowd. Just as he created an ode to silent cinema with The Ar tist, Michel Hazanavicius’ film finds both comedy and reverence in Godard’s 1960s films. (Opens on November 30)

4. L’Atalante

The only full-length feature that the French director Jean Vigo had made before he died of tuberculosis at age 29, this 1934 classic is a deeply moving account of love and broken dreams, poetically rendered through the romance between a pair of newlyweds – a barge captain and a country girl. (December 3, part of the Cine Fan programme)

5. Happy Death Day

The slasher film genre finds a new lease of life with this gleefully derivative spin on Groundhog Day. A new scream queen is born as Jessica Rothe, playing an annoying undergraduate student who keeps waking up to the day she gets killed by a mysterious assailant, anchors the silly horror-comedy like a star in the making. (Now showing)

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