Cover Here are the best new movies to watch in cinemas this August 2021 (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

We've rounded up the best movies to catch in Hong Kong cinemas this August 2021

Need a break from Netflix? Do you miss the feeling of watching a movie on screen? With Hong Kong cinemas now open, there's plenty of catching up to do. Watching at the comforts of your home is great but seeing a movie on the big screen is a different experience—unless you have your own private cinema.

Want to know what movies you can watch? You're in the right place because we're rounding up all the best movies coming out this August 2021 that you can watch in Hong Kong cinemas, whether you like horror, melodrama or action.

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1 / 7

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Helmed by director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose other film Drive My Car recently won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is also a must-watch—after all, it also won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival.

This anthology of three short stories follows three women—the first is Meiko who releases that the man her best friend is starting to like is actually her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Nao plays the bait in her classmate-with-benefit's honey trap against the professor who did him wrong but Nao has real feelings for. In the last story, Natsuko encounters a woman who seems to be someone from the past, leading the two to rekindle their long-buried feelings.

It's evident why Hamaguchi won Best Screenplay at Cannes, though for another movie, and why this bagged the Silver Bear award—Hamaguchi stories feel almost magical but also grounded in reality and while it takes on mellow themes, it doesn't fail to be witty, making the viewers laugh when they should.

Release: August 5

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2 / 7

Zero to Hero

This heartwarming, inspiring and touching biopic is a tribute to So Wa Wai, Hong Kong's first Paralympic athlete to win the gold medal. His story shows that even if you start at a disadvantage, you can still be first across the finish line. Zero to Hero is produced by award-winning actress, Sandra Ng who also plays s So's mother while theatre actor Leung Chung Hang takes on the lead role, delivering a breakout performance.

The film initially had its premiere at the Far East Film Festival and would hit Hong Kong cinemas just in time for the upcoming Paralympic Games.

Release: August 12

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3 / 7

Coffin Homes

We're still a few months away from Halloween but Coffin Homes is ready to spook us out but don't expect this to be your typical horror story. Three bizarre tales intertwine in the horror satire that's set against the housing crises in Hong Kong where soaring property prices have driven people to take every effort necessary to secure a cramped space, even if it means sharing the same roof with the dead.

Release: August 12

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4 / 7

Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon

Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon is an international co-production between Peru, the Netherlands and the US. It tells the story of a young girl who was born and raised in the village of Candamo, in the deepest jungle of the Amazon. Having no contact with the outside world, she believes that her people are the only humans in the world until she discovers that her home is being threatened and that there are other people in the world.

In order to save her homeland, she asks the help of her spirit guides, Dillo and Vaca and she embarks on a journey to ask for help from the most powerful spirit in the Amazon, Motelo Mama to stop the impending evil of Yacaruna, the darkest demon in the Amazon. Ainbo finds strength in her mother's spirit and becomes determined to save her land and people before it's too late.

Release: August 12

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5 / 7

Raging Fire

Donnie Yen stars in this new Hong Kong movie, Raging Fire as inspector Cheung Shung Bong. While conducting a raid to arrest a drug lord, the police encounter a team of masked thugs. Instead of surrendering to the people, the thugs steal the drugs and murder the offers on the scene.

Inspector Cheung (Yen) is devastated to see the brutal aftermath when he arrives and decides to continue investigating overnight. He discovers that the killers are led by Ngo (Nicholas Tse), a former cop who has a tragic history of his own. The two men face each other again and it's time to settle her score once and for all.

Release: August 19

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6 / 7

Candyman

Candyman is one of the highly-anticipated movies to come out this year and for good reasons—it's directed by Nia DaCosta and written by Jordan Peele (who also serves as producer) and Win Rosenfeld, in addition to DaCosta herself.

This supernatural slasher film starts off with Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his partner Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris) moving into a loft in present-day Cabrini Green, a neighbourhood once terrorised by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, who can easily be summoned when his name is repeated five times into a mirror.

Anthony encounters an old Cabrini Green resident who details to him the story behind the Candyman. Desperate to make a breakthrough in his falling art career, Anthony explores the horrifying details told to him in his studio as the "muse" for his paintings, unknowingly opening a door to the past that will make him question his own sanity.

Release: August 26

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7 / 7

Let's Sing

This heartwarming movie centres around Fong, a high school girl who dreams of becoming a singer. In order to do so, he asks the help of her music teacher, Cheong Chi Ian to give her private lessons. The two don't get along initially but acknowledge each other's talents. However, during a singing competition, Fong uses foul language in her song, leading to her teacher's dismissal by the school while she was forced to drop out.

Despite this, Fong became really famous and was invited to participate in a singing competition, but one condition: she must sing the same song that got her teacher fired. Cheong Chi Ian thinks she shouldn't be playing into the crowd and her family also thinks that she may not be able to study again if she does this. What will Fong choose between family, school and her dream?

Release: August 26

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