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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (September 20-26), from The Nun to Sorry to Bother You

Light on story but heavy with nerve-shredding atmosphere, The Nun will please horror fans this week. There’s comedy too from a Sundance festival debutant, a waterborne Full Monty and a zany Japanese take on relationships

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 7:01am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 7:00am

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1. Sorry to Bother You

A surreal comedy that is at once wildly original and thoroughly hilarious, Oakland-based rapper Boots Riley’s ambitious debut as a writer-director follows Lakeith Stanfield’s African-American telemarketer as he shoots up the corporate ladder with his hidden “white voice”. (September 20, opening film of Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong)

2. The Children Act

An impeccable performance by Emma Thompson in the leading role is probably enough reason for audiences to catch this big-screen adaptation of Ian McEwan’s somewhat implausible novel from 2014, which sees an eminent family-court judge grapple with moral quandaries on the professional and domestic fronts. (Now showing)

3. The Nun

Following two Annabelle films, this new spin-off from the fast-expanding cinematic universe spawned by 2013’s The Conjuring turns to another of its star performers. Set in 1950s Romania, this origin story of the franchise’s scary nun with goth make-up is light on story but rich in nerve-shredding atmosphere. (Opens on September 20)

4. Swimming with Men

It is not on a par with 1997 mega-hit The Full Monty, but the latest British comedy to take a lighthearted approach to mid-life crisis – unsurprisingly based on a real-life tale – does boast plenty of charms with its account of a male synchronised swimming team whose members bond over the unlikely pastime. (Now showing)

5. When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to Be Dead.

Its wacky title and zany plot aside, this Japanese romantic comedy is an insightful exploration of what makes a lasting relationship. Sparked by a question on Yahoo! Answers that went viral in 2010, it follows a man who must slowly come to terms with his wife’s ostensibly inexplicable behaviour. (Now showing)

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