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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (May 3 to 9), from Love, Simon to In the Fade

Marvel’s superhero extravaganza, a charming coming-of-age drama, Diane Kruger’s heart-rending performance, the next big controversy of Hong Kong cinema, and a documentary on the fashion business top the list this week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 May, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 May, 2018, 7:01am

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1. Avengers: Infinity War

After breaking the opening-week box office record in Hong Kong with an astonishing take of HK$86 million in seven days, Marvel’s superhero extravaganza is looking to make further history as the star-studded production rides on its strong critical acclaim. Yes, this is the best film yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Now showing)

2. Love, Simon

A charming coming-of-age film that is also quietly setting the benchmark for LGBTQ cinema, The Broken Hearts Club director Greg Berlanti’s very likeable high-school romcom channels its inner John Hughes to tell the sweet and funny story of a closeted gay teenager, played with great dexterity by rising actor Nick Robinson. (Opens on May 3)

3. In the Fade

Winner of the best actress prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Diane Kruger’s heart-rending turn as a German woman seeking justice after the murder of her husband and child by neo-Nazis carries this political thriller by Fatih Akin, which also scooped the best foreign-language film honour at this year’s Golden Globes. (Opens on May 3)

4. No. 1 Chung Ying Street

By juxtaposing the anti-British riots of 1967 and the “umbrella movement” protests of 2014 to largely ambivalent effect, Derek Chiu Sung-kee’s character-based drama is set to be the next big controversy of Hong Kong cinema. Catch this preview if you don’t wish to wait for its May 31 release. (Screens on May 4 at Broadway Cinematheque)

5. Dries

Fashion documentaries don’t come more thoughtful than this superb profile on the Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, an intellectual and an aesthete who has little interest in pop culture. It helps that director Reiner Holzemer is given full access to him for a year, which results in insightful glimpses into the creating process. (Now showing)

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