Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: August 27-September 2

Hou Hsiao-hsien's visually stunning wuxia tale, Asif Kapadia's Amy, a Peter Bogdanovich comedy, a portrait of a renowned photographer and a period Korean spy drama are Edmund Lee's picks of the week

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 August, 2015, 1:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 September, 2015, 5:40pm

1. The Assassin

There are visually striking movies, and then there is Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, a hypnotically beautiful wuxia masterpiece that follows Shu Qi’s killer as she solemnly confronts her past. (Opens on August 27)

2. Amy

Senna director Asif Kapadia has done it again with this meticulously researched and immensely sad documentary on the tragic life of the late singer Amy Winehouse. (August 28, part of Art is Life programme)

3. The Salt of the Earth

While Wim Wenders has long established himself as a thoughtful documentarist, this stunning homage to photographer Sebastião Salgado only confirms his mastery of the form. (August 29, part of Art is Life programme)

4. She’s Funny That Way

Owen Wilson plays a hopeless romantic preoccupied with rescuing women in Peter Bogdanovich’s New York-set screwball comedy, a delightful return for the director after a 13-year hiatus. (Opens on August 27)

5. Assassination

Fans of glossy spy movies are in for a treat with this 1930s-set South Korean blockbuster, which is packed full of twisty plots and characters juggling family ties and national affiliations. (Opens on August 27)