Disney's Beauty and the Beast gets a live action remake and Vampire Cleanup Department promises more nostalgia with its hopping vampires and schlocky HK action. See what else is being released in our guide to the new movies in cinemas this week...
Beauty and the Beast
No one really seemed to be hankering for a live-action take on Disney’s beloved 1991 animation but direction Bill Condon has done the original proud. Belle is the most feminist Disney princess ever, there’s the first (and second) ever interracial kiss in a live-action Disney movie and the first openly gay character in a Disney movie fullstop. And it’s all done with a lovely feeling of integrity too.
Vampire Cleanup Department
A wonderfully local supernatural comedy, Vampire Cleanup Department peddles nostalgia for hopping vampires and classic Hong Kong movies of the 80s and 90s like Encounters of the Spooky Kind. (Is it pure coincidence that the title abbreviates to VCD?)
The story focuses on Tim Cheung (Babyjohn Choi), a young man who comes from a line of vampire hunters and who must learn to deal with the creatures lurking in Hong Kong’s shadows. Along the way Tim gets distracted by Summer (Lin Min-chen), a human type vampire, and a powerful vampire king is set to resurrect.
It’s Only The End Of The World
Prolific Quebecois director Xavier Dolan’s latest work comes loaded with an all-star cast: Marion Cotillard (Inception), Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), among others. The story centres on a writer who returns home after a 12-year absense to inform his family he’s soon to die. But what should bring the family together only sets them at each other’s throats.
Natsume is a young model forced to relocate from Tokyo to her father’s sleepy hometown. There she meets Koichiro, the son of a wealthy and respected local family, and their lives become slowly intertwined. So far so generic. Yet while that sounds like 99 percent of romance manga the presence of rising star Nana Komatsu (soon to be seen again on HK screens in Martin Scorsese’s Silence) should make this worthwhile for devotees of Japanese cinema.