Film reviews
Get more with myNEWS
A personalised news feed of stories that matter to you
Learn more
House of the Rising Sons tells the story of one of Hong Kong’s best-loved musical groups, The Wynners.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (July 19-25), from Incredibles 2 to House of the Rising Sons

Pixar’s entertaining action adventure, a Yoji Yamada comedy, a Hong Kong musical biopic, Steve McQueen classic Bullitt, and a taut Tony Gilroy thriller make up our must-see films this week

Film reviews

Click on the film titles to read reviews.

1. Incredibles 2

Fourteen years after Pixar delivered one of the best superhero movies ever made, the studio turns again to the crime-fighting family for a long-awaited follow-up. A thoroughly entertaining action adventure, it even offers food for thought on gender equality as Mr Incredible is tasked with taking care of baby Jack-Jack. (Opens on July 19)

2. What a Wonderful Family! 3: My Wife, My Life

The second comedy sequel of the week to comment on gender roles and family stress, the latest instalment – the third – in Japanese filmmaker Yoji Yamada’s popular series sees the Hirata family brave another crisis. Their domestic life falls into chaos after the housewife who takes care of all walks out in anger over her unfair treatment. (Opens on July 19)

3. House of the Rising Sons

The legendary 1970s Hong Kong band The Wynners receives the warm and witty biopic treatment with this music comedy, co-scripted and directed by the group’s drummer Anthony Chan Yau with both palpable affection and a light touch of humour. A must-see for pop culture aficionados who are nostalgic for that era. (Opens on July 19)

4. Bullitt

Hong Kong film lovers are spoilt for top-notch car chase sequences in movies, but even they might find something to marvel at in the 10-minute chase scene at the heart of this 1968 detective drama, which stars the dapper Steve McQueen as a vengeful policeman out to hunt down a hitman. (July 20, part of the Cine Fan programme.)

5. Beirut

The chaos of Lebanon’s civil war provides the vivid backdrop for this tense political thriller, scripted by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) and directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist). Jon Hamm shines as a beleaguered US diplomat who is unwillingly dragged back to the war-torn country to save a kidnapped CIA officer. (Now showing)

Want more articles like this? Follow SCMP Film on Facebook