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Film - "Made in Hong Kong" series, 2000

(adapted from archive.org's August 17, 2000 archive of the Freer Gallery's page on the 2000 "Made in Hong Kong" film series)

The Freer's fifth annual "Made in Hong Kong" film festival presents new films by directors Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, plus the classic action-fantasy A Chinese Ghost Story. This series is cosponsored with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. All films are in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.

Fly Me to Polaris
Thursday, July 6, 7 P.M.; Sunday, July 9, 2 P.M.
A man killed in a car crash gains an angel's sympathy and returns to life to pursue the woman he loves, in this story directed by Jingle Ma.
(1999, 90 min.)

Running Out of Time
Friday, July 7, 7 P.M.; Thursday, July 13, 7 P.M.
A terminally ill con man creates a hostage crisis in this film directed by Johnnie To that Film Comment magazine named among the top ten films of the'90s. (1999, 93 min.)

A Chinese Ghost Story
Friday, July 14, 7 P.M.; Sunday, July 16, 2 P.M.
Director Ching Sui-tung's fantasy, based on Ming dynasty stories, features a naive tax collector, the ghost he loves, a haunted temple, and a Taoist monk armed with sword and scripture.
(1987, 98 min.)

Thursday, July 20, 7 P.M.; Friday, July 21, 7 P.M.
In this film by director Riley Yip, Nicholas Tse's role as an ex-gangster who returns to Hong Kong to find a long-lost love earned him a nomination for Taiwan's Golden Horse Award.
(1999, 104 min.)

All about Ah-Long
Sunday, July 23, 2 P.M.; Friday, July 28, 7 P.M.
Chow Yun Fat earned Hong Kong's best actor award for his portrayal of an ex-gang member and single father who struggles to redeem his ugly past through compassion and love for his son, in this drama directed by Johnnie To.
(1989, 90 min.)

The Truth about Jane and Sam
Thursday, July 27, 7 P.M.
Director Derek Yee follows his popular film Viva Erotica with this story about an idealistic reporter who falls in love with a teenage junkie whom he is trying to profile for his newspaper.
(1999, 104 min.)

The Mission
Friday, August 4, 7 P.M.
Five seedy bodyguards band together to protect a vulnerable crime boss in Johnnie To's subdued treatment of the Hong Kong crime genre.
(1999, 88 min.)

The Victim
Friday, August 11, 7 P.M.; Sunday, August 13, 2 P.M.
Director Ringo Lam's subtle thriller about a computer programmer beaten by loan sharks and witness to a murder-suicide earned five nominations for Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.
(1999, 103 min.)

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