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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (October 4-10), from A Simple Favor to Project Gutenberg

A modern-day film noir with two female leads, a stylish crime drama starring Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, and two artist documentaries are among this week’s must-see films

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 7:03am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2018, 6:40pm

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1. A Simple Favor

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick shine in this neo-noir female-friendship comedy with dark psychological undercurrents. Fresh from the smashing success of Crazy Rich Asians , Henry Golding provides a decent supporting turn as a husband with a missing wife. (Opens on October 4)

2. Kusama – Infinity

Artist documentaries may be a dime a dozen, but this illuminating profile of the pre-eminent Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama proves the format can be appealing to a wide audience. Anyone wondering about the meaning behind her brightly coloured dots will find much to savour in this decades-spanning portrait. (Opens on October 4)

3. God’s Own Country

Charting the tough relationship between a young sheep farmer in Yorkshire and a Romanian farm hand, director Francis Lee’s critically acclaimed directorial debut is the best recent film to explore the economic woes of Britain’s farmers, and one of the most memorable rural gay romances since Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain. (Now showing)

4. Bergman – A Year in a Life

This engrossing documentary portrait of the late, great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman examines his legacy through a wide range of interviews, and with a focus on the year of 1957 – when Bergman released two all-time classics, The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. (October 7, part of Cine Fan programme)

5. Project Gutenberg

Writer-director Felix Chong Man-keung serves up an engrossing account of the counterfeit money-making process in this stylish crime drama, which gradually morphs into a full-on action thriller with dubiously crafted twists. Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok Fu-shing are both excellent in their complex roles. (Opens on October 4)

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