Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: December 24-30

Two animated films for the child in all of us, Donnie Yen breaking new ground in what could be his farewell to kung fu, THE sci-fi movie of the year and a classic of the genre make up our must-sees

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 December, 2015, 5:45am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 January, 2016, 12:30pm

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1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The sci-fi fantasy series is back and it is absolutely glorious. Taking over the helm from George Lucas, J.J. Abrams has exceeded all expectations with a hugely entertaining seventh instalment that bridges the legacy with its new story with near-perfection. (Now showing)

2. Snoopy: The Peanuts Movie

Charles Schulz’s familiar characters get a heart-warming turn in this 3D animation co-written by the cartoonist’s son and grandson. The film has retained all the gentle humour and simple pathos that have made the comic strip a timeless hit. (Opens on December 24)

3. Ip Man 3

Donnie Yen Ji-dan and Wilson Yip Wai-shun look to replicate the previous box office successes of their hit martial arts series with this new sequel, which features a human story about Ip’s marriage alongside high-profile showdown fights with Max Zhang and Mike Tyson. (Opens on December 24)

4. Fahrenheit 451

François Truffaut brings Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi novel to life in this 1966 English-language film. Photographed by Nicolas Roeg and scored by Bernard Herrmann, it brings great poignancy to a dystopian world where books are outlawed. (December 25, part of Cine Fan programme)

5. The Little Prince

This reverential spin on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s story hasn’t only recreated part of the original tale in glorious stop-motion, but has also reimagined its characters – since aged and considerably disillusioned – in CG animation. (Opens on December 24)