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Shailene Woodley in Adrift.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (September 6-12), from Hereditary to The Spy Gone North

A shockingly grim horror feature that’s been a summer sensation and a gritty Korean espionage drama based on real events are among this week’s must-see films

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1. Hereditary

A suburban family sinks ever deeper into supernatural horrors following the death of the grandmother in this shockingly grim feature by first-time writer-director Ari Aster. The film recalls classics from Rosemary’s Baby to The Wicker Man, and boast from a visceral turn by Toni Collette. (Opens on September 6)

2. The Spy Gone North

Set in the run-up to the landmark 1997 presidential election in South Korea, director Yoon Jong-bin’s gritty espionage drama, based on a real-life mission by South Korean secret agent “Black Venus” to infiltrate North Korea’s government, has an authentic period feel. (Opens on September 6)

3. Adrift

Three years after coming up with the star-studded mountaineering drama Everest , Baltasar Kormákur turns to the ordeal of a pair of lovers lost at sea for this shipwreck story. Anchored by an affecting central turn by Shailene Woodley, the film fluctuates between romance and survival adventure to gripping effect. (Opens on September 6)

4. Hidden Man

After lending his screen charisma to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , pre-eminent Chinese actor-director Jiang Wen returns to what he does best with this engrossing revenge epic set in 1930s China, starring Eddie Peng Yu-yan as an American-Chinese spy dead set on avenging the murder of his kung fu master’s family. (Opens on September 6)

5. Hindi Medium

Chinese parents are likely to relate to this Bollywood comedy about education, family and the class divide. Starring Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar as a middle-class couple determined to get their daughter admitted to an elite school, the film has proved a hit in India and China – and now Hong Kong audiences can find out why. (Now showing)

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