The 13th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival is already on its second week but there are still many exceptional movies slated to grace the competition. Here are five intriguing films to catch.
“THREE STORIES OF LOVE”
Written and directed by Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Three Stories of Love chronicles the interconnected lives of a mourning widower, a disgruntled housewife, and a gay lawyer—who are all unlucky in love. The three stories tread a thread of broken hearts and hopeful love. (OCTOBER 21 & 31)
Writer-director Na Hong-jin’s The Wailing follows a policeman investigating the strange illnesses and killings in a rural village. Meshing East Asian mythology with the tropes of a murder mystery, The Wailing delivers an engrossing viewing experience. (OCTOBER 22)
Wong Chun’s Mad World centers on a bipolar stockbroker reuniting with his estranged father. Tensions mount as father and son deal with old family wounds that have yet to heal. This delicate drama explores mental illness and how society can embrace those who just need a little bit of understanding. (OCTOBER 28)
“HANG IN THERE, KIDS!”
Hang in There Kids! is the playfully poignant journey of three kids trying to help their handicapped teacher. Directed by Laha Mebow, the coming-of-age film is an inspiring tale of friendship and optimism. (OCTOBER 28, 29 and 30)
“I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY”
This year’s closing film is from director Feng Xiaogang and star Fan Bing-Bing. After being swindled by her ex-husband, a peasant searches for justice in bureaucratic society. South China Morning Post shares that the controversial I Am Not Madame Bovary has experienced problems with local censors, so catching it at HKAFF is a must-see. (OCTOBER 31)
For a full list of scheduled movies, visit the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival website.