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Angels Wear White focuses on the misogyny and widespread corruption suffered by two young girls in China. Photo: MemoryMaker

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (May 10-16), from Angels Wear White to Revenge

This week’s top picks include a bleak look at contemporary China, a rape-revenge thriller, some quirky comedy, a charming coming-of-age drama and a powerful performance from Diane Kruger

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1. Angels Wear White

An unflinchingly bleak picture of the decaying moral landscape of contemporary China, writer-director Vivian Qu’s social drama considers the misogyny and widespread corruption that two young girls suffer at the hands of institutions, ranging from the police force to regional officials and even the medical services. (Opens on May 10)

2. Revenge

French filmmaker Coralie Fargeat gives the rape-revenge thriller sub-genre a delirious spin with this outrageously gory debut, an instant entry into the extreme horror hall of fame. Her story of a sex kitten who turns into a deadly force of vengeance does so with a feminist sensitivity and some wonderfully dark humour. (Opens on May 10)

3. Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura

Fans of quirky comedies, heart-warming romances and even Hayao Miyazaki’s weirder films may find much to enjoy in this colourful adaptation of the manga series by Ryohei Saigan (Always: Sunset on Third Street), about the everyday life of a mystery writer and his new wife in an old town populated by mystical creatures. (Opens on May 10)

4. Love, Simon

Homosexuality is viewed less as an abnormality than just another adolescent crisis in this sweet and funny coming-of-age drama. Smartly adapted from Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, it follows the unlikely romance between a pair of closeted gay teenagers who meet anonymously online. (Now showing)

5. In the Fade

Diane Kruger’s powerful performance as a woman seeking vengeance for her murdered family elevates this feature by Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin. Part court-room drama, part revenge thriller, the film subverts stereotypes by making the far-right movement the terrorists, and Muslim immigrants their victims. (Now showing)

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