Planning a night in with friends? Check out these must-watch Hong Kong movies that will thrill you, excite you, scare you and have you in stitches
After hitting up the best new brunches in Hong Kong and happy hours in the city, sometimes you just need a night in. And instead of the usual drama series, such as our recent favourite Sharp Objects on HBO, we’ve listed the best (in our opinion) Hong Kong movies/must-see Cantonese movies to snuggle up on the couch with. Put on these HK movies on your next night in, and you won’t be disappointed.
Must watch Hong Kong movies
Chungking Express (1994)
One of the most well-known Cantonese movies written and directed our Wong Kar-wai is Chungking Express. Follow two quirky relationships – a cop and a mysterious drug smuggler, a cop and a snack bar worker – the intriguing storyline calls for affection and sympathy for the characters. Chungking refers to Chungking Mansions located in Tsim Sha Tsui, where Wong grew up in the 60s; and Exoress means Midnight Express, a food stand located in LKF, Central. It’s definitely one of our favourite Hong Kong movies – voted by the entire Honeycombers team.
Made in Hong Kong (1997)
This drama written and directed by Fruit Chan won best picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1998. The story centres around fresh high school dropout and Triad debt collector – Autumn Moon and his relationship with a daughter of a Triad debtor – Ping, who is suffering from a kidney disease. Moon takes on an assassination contract in order to pay for her medical expenses and finds himself down a dark path and at a point of no return. A classic HK movie that you NEED to see.
The Mission (1999)
Revolving around the brotherhood of five bodyguards who are brought together to protect a triad leader after a failed assassination attempt on his life, this comedy-thriller drama is a must-see. Loyalty between the hired guards are tested when the triad leader discovers one of the men having an affair with his wife. Find out what happens next.
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Kung Fu Hustle is an action-comedy kung fu movie that is both hilarious and action-packed. Follow the story of Sing (played by globally renowned Hong Kong director and actor, Stephen Chow) and his friend Bone who try and scam the residents of a slum affectionately named Pig Sty Alley, into thinking they are members of a mobster gang. See retired legendary kung fu masters battle it out in fantasy-like fights. Kung Fu Hustle is both heartfelt and will also leave you in stitches.
Mad Detective (2007)
Mad Detective is a psychological thriller that stars renowned Hong Kong actor Lau Ching Wan as an unstable and unique police detective, who has the ability to see inside people’s minds. He is asked to return to active duty, and look into a disappearance case of a police officer. The film won Best Screenplay at the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards, the 2nd Asian Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and the 8th Chinese Film Media Awards. This is a quintessential HK movie that you won’t want to miss.
SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015)
An undercover police officer’s identity is blown and he finds himself thrown into a Thai Prison, where the warden harvests organs of the prisoners. This drama and crime thriller film features corrupt officers, prison riots and a black market organ trade – what more could you ask for?