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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (March 22-28), from Unsane to Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Two classic films showing as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival join three new releases – including Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot psychological thriller – on our pick of the best movies to see this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 March, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 March, 2018, 7:01am

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1. Unsane

After a brief spell of “retirement” and the mediocre comeback effort Logan Lucky, director Steven Soderbergh returns to his idiosyncratic best with this iPhone-shot thriller, which sees The Crown’s Claire Foy play a traumatised woman who mistakenly signs up for a 24-hour evaluation at a behavioural centre. (Opens on March 22)

2. Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa’s anime is a showcase of vibrant colours and wildly original storytelling. Following the criss-crossing destinies of a mysterious girl and the schoolboy who has a crush on her, this hallucinatory fantasy offers everything from romance to mystery to unbridled nuttiness. (Opens on March 22)

3. A Matter of Life and Death

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1946 classic blends science fiction and philosophy to tell a great romance during the second world war. Don’t miss this screening of the restored print, which is set to bring the film’s Technicolor imagery back to dazzling life. (March 24 and 28, part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival)

4. The Headless Woman

Regarded by some as one of the best films of the 21st century, Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel’s unclassifiable masterpiece from 2008 derives its guilt-ridden mystery from a hit-and-run incident that may – or may not – have happened in the protagonist’s mind. (March 27 and 31, part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival)

5. Turn Around

Charting the transformation of students and teachers in a rural school in Nantou County after Taiwan’s devastating 921 earthquake in 1999, cinematographer-turned-director Chen Ta-pu’s fiction feature wisely sidesteps the usual sentimentality of this kind of material to tell an uplifting and compassionate story. (Opens on March 22)

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