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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (July 26-August 1), from Mission: Impossible – Fallout to Incredibles 2

The best MI film yet, Elastigirl and Mr Incredible return, Yoji Yamada shows he hasn’t lost his comic touch at 87, the ultimate animated film, and a musical nostalgia trip for Hongkongers – our movie picks of the week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 July, 2018, 7:02am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 July, 2018, 7:02am

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1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

One of the best action movies of the year, Tom Cruise’s sixth outing as super spy Ethan Hunt proves a surprise masterpiece that brings the series to uncharted new heights with its mix of exhilarating stunts and – in spite of its seemingly clichéd premise of another nuclear threat – a bold new narrative direction. (Opens on July 26)

2. Incredibles 2

Elastigirl takes the spotlight while her husband Mr. Incredible plays a stay-at-home dad in this witty sequel to Pixar’s 2004 superhero comedy. With Brad Bird returning as its writer-director, the follow-up offers a smooth transition from the original film, while serving up a bit of satire on the modern obsession with screens. (Now showing)

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

Yoji Yamada may be turning 87 in two months, but the Japanese filmmaker shows no signs of slowing down judging by this lively comedy sequel. As is occasionally the case in his films, men are portrayed as lovable losers in this gently hilarious drama, after the family’s caretaking housewife walks out in protest. (Now showing)

4. Bambi

Loosely adapted from Felix Salten’s book Bambi: A Walk in the Woods, Disney’s 1942 animation follows the titular young deer as he matures to the changing of the seasons and strives to survive in a forest threatened with destruction by mankind. A classic among classics. (July 29, part of the Disney Film Festival programme)

5. House of the Rising Sons

A must-see for fans of 1970s Hong Kong band The Wynners and an entertaining biopic even for the uninitiated, this nostalgic comedy by the group’s drummer Anthony Chan Yau cycles through the familiar themes of brotherhood, dreams and disappointments with the lightest of touches. (Now showing)

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