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Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 15-21), from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to Ash Is Purest White

  • J.K. Rowling’s latest fantasy adventure and a gripping Chinese crime story top this week’s list
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 7:03am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2018, 7:03am

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1. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Boasting an ambitiously complex narrative with political overtones, J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel grows darker as Newt Scamander is sent by Dumbledore to hunt down the evil wizard Grindelwald. Potterheads should be thrilled to find answers to questions they might not even have asked. (Opens on November 15)

2. Ash Is Purest White

Less controversial than 2013’s A Touch of Sin, but no less involving a crime story, Jia Zhangke’s new feature is a convoluted drama which sees an ordinary woman (Zhao Tao) toughen up remarkably in China’s criminal underworld amid a tenuous connection with her on-and-off mobster boyfriend (Liao Fan). (Opens on November 15)

3. Overlord

War movie meets body horror in this gruesome second world war fantasy produced by J.J. Abrams. Pitting a squad of inexperienced American paratroopers against Nazi scientists and their undead creations, it is an unashamedly grotesque – and very entertaining – film that puts a zombie invasion on top of the horrors of war. (Now showing)

4. Newton

A government election official in India must deal with plenty of obstacles to get the vote out in a small village in this engrossing celebration of democracy. Rajkummar Rao stars as the idealistic protagonist who ensures voting rights extend even to those in remote parts of the country. (November 15 and 20, part of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival)

5. The Cured

An intelligent socio-political allegory dressed up as a zombie apocalypse thriller, this feature debut by Irish writer-director David Freyne pictures a world in which most of the walking dead are cured and return to life – only to have to live with vivid memories of their monstrous acts during the collective trauma. (Opens on November 15)

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