Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: November 5-11

Classic wuxia and Bond, Depp in a gangster epic and a portrait of a tortured artist among the picks

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 November, 2015, 4:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 November, 2015, 10:00am

1. Spectre

While it doesn’t reach the heights of Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond is a more conventional, but definitely no less thrilling, action spectacle with ample nods to previous films. (Opens on November 5)

2. A Touch of Zen

Screening at the Hong Kong Film archive is the digital restored version – loaned from Taiwan Film Institute – of King Hu’s definitive wuxia classic from 1971. (November 7, part of 100 Must See Hong Kong Movies programme)

3. Black Mass

Johnny Depp is at his riveting best as the Irish mobster-turned FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger in this South Boston-set fact-based drama, arguably one of the finest gangster epics in recent years. (Now showing)

4. Mountains May Depart

In an ambitious attempt to map out China’s past, present and future, auteur Jia Zhangke filters his intimate drama through the dramatically evolving notions of tradition and progress. (Opens on November 5)

5. The End of the Tour

The late great novelist David Foster Wallace receives the wildly intellectual portrait he deserves in this two-handed film, starring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as the writer who profiles him. (Now showing)