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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (May 17-23), from The Killing of a Sacred Deer to Outrage Coda

The latest psychological thriller from The Lobster director, the third film in Takeshi Kitano’s comeback trilogy, a brave sexual assault drama from China, and a moving documentary about plastic’s impact are among our top picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 7:01am

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1. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

A one-of-a-kind filmmaking genius who has been shocking and aweing viewers with his deeply unsettling fables on the human condition, The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest psychological thriller finds Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman at the centre of an enigmatic story about paying for one’s mistakes. (Opens on May 17)

2. Outrage Coda

The third and final instalment in actor-director Takeshi Kitano’s yakuza comeback trilogy is a typically gory and convoluted tale of shifting loyalties and crafty power plays set in Japan’s criminal underworld. The film’s colourful range of gangster types and outrageous body count will keep genre fans happy. (Opens on May 17)

3. Angels Wear White

The prevalence of sexual predators and the infuriating collusion among institutions to prevent justice are bluntly depicted in this brave drama. Winner of the best director prize at the 2017 Golden Horse Awards for just her second feature, Chinese filmmaker Vivian Qu has marked herself as a major talent to watch. (Now showing)

4. Life, Animated

Few films capture the magic of cinema quite like this documentary by Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams, which charts a young autistic man’s quest to connect with the world via the help of characters from Disney’s animated films. It is a funny and utterly heart-warming portrait of family love. (Opens on May 17)

5. Plastic China

The negative environmental impact of industrialisation in China is given a heartbreaking human face in this documentary by director Wang Jiuliang, who spent 18 months at a plastics recycling plant in Shandong province to capture the everyday life of a migrant worker and his family. (Limited release from May 22)

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