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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (December 14-20), from Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Love Education

A certain popular space sci-fi adventure will be top of most people’s viewing plans over the next few days, but two Japanese romances, a Chinese family drama and a star turn by actress Kara Wai also well worth checking out

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 December, 2017, 8:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 December, 2017, 10:21am

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1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

After the sci-fi adventure series took a detour with last year’s thrilling spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her pals are back to follow the Force in Rian Johnson’s much anticipated follow-up to 2015’s The Force Awakens . The latest instalment also happens to be the longest Star Wars film to date. (Opens on December 14)

2. Love Education

It could have been trite and corny, but under the exquisite direction of actress-filmmaker Sylvia Chang Ai-chia, this family drama manages to convey the criss-crossing longings and fears of three generations of women – played by Wu Yanshu, Chang and Lang Yueting – with both dignity and great poignancy. (Opens on December 14)

3. My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday

Finally a high-concept romance that works splendidly. Blue Spring Ride director Takahiro Miki’s adaptation of a bestselling novel sees Sota Fukushi and Nana Komatsu play a pair of young lovers who find themselves caught between two intersecting realities. Urgent musings on love, loss and existence ensue. (Opens on December 14)

4. The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful

Named best actress at the recent Golden Horse Awards for her part, Kara Wai Ying-hung shows her poise as the hard-hearted matriarch of a powerful family of women and the leader of a criminal syndicate with strong political ties. The sense of hatred oozing from the film’s protagonists will stay with you for days. (Now showing)

5. Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

An unusual collaboration between filmmaker Yuya Ishii and poet Tahi Saihate, this story of young love is tangled and full of angst and raw emotion. With a mix of established stars and newcomers, the Tokyo-set drama offers an evocative look at the daily struggles and loneliness experienced by today’s Japanese youth. (Opens on December 14)

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