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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (January 18-24), from Three Billboards to Somewhere Beyond the Mist

Darkly comic Oscars front-runner, a chilling portrait of family disintegration, Margot Robbie’s wonderful turn in hilarious Tonya Harding biopic, endearing Korean comedy and a searing documentary make up this week’s must-see films

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 January, 2018, 6:42am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 January, 2018, 6:42am

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1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The politics of revenge receive a complex new spin in this powerful drama by British-Irish playwright turned filmmaker Martin McDonagh. After its Golden Globes haul, the darkly comic, yet also relentlessly tragic, tale of murder and justice has firmly established itself as an Oscars front-runner. (Opens on January 18)

2. Somewhere Beyond the Mist

After cementing his place as one of Hong Kong’s foremost documentary filmmakers with the acclaimed KJ and The Taste of Youth, Cheung King-wai makes his fiction feature debut with this utterly chilling portrait of antipathy and family disintegration, related via a cold-blooded murder case. (Opens on January 18)

3. I, Tonya

The tragedy surrounding disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding – who was involved in a plot to injure a main rival – serves as the basis of a hilarious biopic. After her portrayal of Harley Quinn proved a big hit, Margot Robbie confirms her acting credentials with a wonderful portrayal of Harding. (Opens on January 18)

4. I Am Not Your Negro

Based on the writings of African-American writer James Baldwin, a prominent activist in the US civil rights movement, this compelling documentary weaves together television broadcasts, film clips and archival footage to chronicle a history of racial violence that is still very much relevant today. (Opens on January 18)

5. I Can Speak

The friendship between an elderly busybody and a young civil servant lends both heart and humour to this endearing social comedy – right up until the film takes a shocking turn in the final third, where it suddenly decides to tackle a deeply traumatic issue from South Korea’s wartime past. (Opens on January 18)

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