Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: February 18-24

Investigative journalism, a 1950s lesbian love affair, a Hong Kong reworking of Carmen, cross-cultural romance and a Tarantino western for this week’s must-sees

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 February, 2016, 11:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2016, 3:39pm

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1. Spotlight

A fact-based drama that’s also surprisingly electrifying, Tom McCarthy’s procedural on the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church child abuse scandals turns out to be a masterful journalism thriller on par with All the President’s Men. (Opens on February 18)

2. Carol

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara leave an indelible impression as a pair of lesbian lovers in 1950s Manhattan in this utterly enthralling film by Todd Haynes. His portrayal of longing and desire against social norms is as timely as it is timeless. (Now showing)

3. The Wild, Wild Rose

Grace Chang gives one of her most iconic performances in Wang Tianlin’s 1960 adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, which vividly follows her sassy temptress character on a downward spiral. (February 21, part of Angels over the Rainbow – Cathay 80th Anniversary Celebration programme)

4. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

Rainer Werner Fassbinder reworks All That Heaven Allows (1955) into this 1974 film, milking the melodramatic potential of the romance between a German widow and a much younger Arab immigrant. (February 19, part of German Film Forum’s Director in Focus: Rainer Werner Fassbinder programme)

5. The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino returns to the Western genre with another post-US civil war epic, which is some way off his best but still gratifying enough for his long-time devotees. Expect racial commentaries on top of the usual talkative baddies and over-the-top violence. (Opens on February 18)