Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (October 25-31), from One Cut of the Dead to Beautiful Boy
- A zombie horror comedy, and Timothee Chalamet as a crystal-meth addict, among our must-see films
- Gerard Butler saves the world again, and John Cho searches for his missing daughter.
Click on the film titles to read SCMP.com reviews.
A low-budget horror comedy that is one of the year’s biggest film-festival sensations, writer-director-editor Shinichiro Ueda’s crowd-pleasing gem opens with an uninterrupted 37-minute take of a zombie outbreak, then impresses further with an infectious tale that brims with love for filmmaking. (Opens on October 25)
Two years after the #StarringJohnCho movement showed us what a mainstream Hollywood project with an Asian lead would look like, the Korean-American actor John Cho headlines just such a film. Searching is an ambitiously innovative mystery-thriller in which he plays a father who goes searching for his daughter via her computer screen. (Now showing)
Following his Oscar-nominated turn in gay romance Call Me by Your Name , Timothee Chalamet all but cements his stature as Hollywood’s latest golden boy with this heartbreaking portrayal of a crystal-meth addict. Steve Carell, as the caring father who struggles to save him, proves his match in this grim look at addiction. (Opens on October 25)
Who needs another thriller in which Gerard Butler saves the world by averting a third world war? A legitimate question, but this enjoyably old-fashioned adventure, in which he plays an American submarine captain out to save the kidnapped Russian president, is undeniably fun. (Opens on October 25)
5. 12 Days
An unflinching look at mental illness and an ambiguous portrait of the institutions that house them, this insightful documentary by Raymond Depardon focuses on the 12 days of hearings that anyone admitted to involuntary psychiatric care in France must undergo. (Opens on October 25)
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