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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (February 1-7), from The Shape of Water to The Post

A cold war interspecies romance, US politics, gangland Korea, a Ridley Scott historical kidnap thriller and a Chinese PLA performance troupe epic are among this week’s cinematic picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 February, 2018, 7:04am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 February, 2018, 7:04am

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1. The Shape of Water

While distantly echoing the camp horror hit Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), this Oscars-nominated fantasy romance by Guillermo del Toro is an altogether different beast – gloriously blending genres that range from monster films to cold war spy thrillers and even a dash of musicals. (Opens on February 1)

2. The Post

Steven Spielberg’s thrilling ensemble drama recalls how the Pentagon Papers were made public. Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as The Washington Post’s top brass, the 70s-set film unmistakably echoes today’s America, where the media must work around Trump’s difficult White House. (Opens on February 1)

3. The Outlaws

After fighting off zombies galore in the blockbuster hit Train to Busan , Ma Dong-seok turns his fists towards Seoul’s vicious thugs in this hyper-violent tale of gangland mayhem. His cold-blooded nemesis, a homicidal mobster played by Yoon Kye-sang, is arguably scarier than the undead. (Opens on February 1)

4. All the Money in the World

While Christopher Plummer’s last-minute replacement of Kevin Spacey dominated most of the early headlines, the 88-year-old actor’s tremendous interpretation of the unconventional villainy of oil baron John Paul Getty more than elevates Ridley Scott’s kidnap thriller from its obvious moral dilemma. (Now showing)

5. Youth

The young and gorgeous members of a performance arts troupe in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army encounter both innocuous heartbreaks and traumatic war experiences in this decades-spanning melodrama, crafted by blockbuster director Feng Xiaogang with nostalgia and great poignancy. (Now showing)

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