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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (June 21-27), from Faces Places to Brother of the Year

A documentary from French New Wave legend Agnès Varda tops this week’s list of the best films out, while fans of local cinema will want to check out Herman Yau’s frenetic vigilante thriller about a highly infectious disease

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 June, 2018, 7:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 June, 2018, 7:00am

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1. Faces Places

Documentaries don’t come more enchanting than this feature by French New Wave legend Agnès Varda, who teams up with artist JR to take a surprisingly emotional trip through rural France. While Varda, now 90, muses on memory and mortality, we can’t wait for her to take us on another trip through humanity. (Opens on June 21)

2. Brother of the Year

From the Thai film studio which mesmerised audiences across Asia with Bad Genius last year comes this equally unconventional blockbuster. Revolving around the escalating tension between a pair of adult siblings, this is a comedy with sprinkles of romance – and great poignancy – thrown in for good measure. (Opens on June 21)

3. The Leakers

Say what you will about his genre-hopping – and incredibly prolific – output, but Herman Yau Lai-to is no doubt one of the most reliable makers of crime thrillers in Hong Kong. Juggling an ensemble cast with a twisting, frenetic plot, this vigilante thriller involving a highly infectious disease is one of his best offerings in a while. (Opens on June 21)

4. Ocean’s 8

A glossy heist caper with a female-empowering spin, this enjoyable reboot of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy rides on the spontaneous charm of its cast – headlined by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, backed up by the delightful Rihanna and Awkwafina – to fashion a hilarious takedown of celebrity culture. (Now showing)

5. Hotel Artemis

A flawed thriller that is nevertheless recommendable for the originality of its grungy setting, this feature debut by British filmmaker Drew Pearce takes us inside a secret hospital for wounded criminals in a riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles. Jodie Foster shines as its keeper in her first acting role in five years. (Opens on June 21)

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