Top 5 films to watch in Hong Kong this week: August 6-12

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 August, 2015, 10:48pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 August, 2015, 10:48pm

1. The Assassin

A film so sublimely beautiful it could induce hallucination, Hou Hsiao-hsien's wuxia epic stars a nearly silent Shu Qi in its serene meditation on fate, morals and politics. (August 11, opening film of Summer IFF)

2. What We Do in the Shadows

Following their collaboration on 2007's Eagle vs Shark, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have come up with an even wackier comedy about misfits — this time set in New Zealand's undead community. (Now showing)

3. To the Fore

Granted it has few peers, but Dante Lam Chiu-yin's effort is possibly the best sports action movie ever made capturing the technical nuances and adrenaline rushes of professional cycling. (Opens on August 6)

4. Yakuza Apocalypse

It's an acquired taste to be sure, but this over-the-top vampire-yakuza extravaganza by Takashi Miike may be the most outrageously diverting film you'll see all year. (August 12, part of Summer IFF)

5. What Time is it There?

Tsai Ming-liang has made a career from urban dwellers' yearning for connections, and this 2001 film represents one of the Taiwanese auteur's greatest hits. (August 8, part of Summer IFF)