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Film - "Made in Hong Kong" series, 2002

(adapted from archive.org's July 13, 2002 archive of the Freer Gallery's page on the 2002 "Made in Hong Kong" film series)

The Freer Gallery's seventh annual Hong Kong Film Festival, cosponsored with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, presents a variety of films representing the full spectrum of filmmaking in Hong Kong, from romantic comedies, to action films, to martial-arts fantasies. Included are recent films from action master Tsui Hark and inventive first-time director Aubrey Lam, along with another chance to see Wong Kar-Wai's ravishing and highly acclaimed In the Mood for Love. All films are in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles.

La Brassiere
Thursday, July 11, 7 P.M.; Sunday, August 4, 2 P.M.
In this screwball romantic comedy, a pair of underwear designers are forced to take a crash course in what women want when they are hired by an all-female lingerie company to come up with the "ultimate bra." (2001, 105 min.)

A Chinese Odyssey 1: Pandora's Box
Friday, July 12, 3 P.M.; Friday, August 16, 7 P.M.
Jeffrey Lau's action-filled send-up of the classic novel Journey to the West recounts the introduction of Buddhism into China. In part one, the Monkey King, banished from heaven for trying to eat his master, finds himself reincarnated five hundred years later as a clumsy bandit named Joker. (1995, 87 min.)

A Chinese Odyssey 2: Cinderella
Friday, July 12, 7 P.M.; Sunday, August 18, 2 P.M.
The second part of Jeffrey Lau's comic-action epic finds the bandit Joker traveling back in time to discover his true identity as the Monkey King, save his immortal lover, and battle the evil King Bull and his army of giant fleas. (1995, 99 min.)

The Stormriders
Sunday, July 14, 2 P.M.; Friday, July 19, 3 P.M.
Hong Kong's biggest blockbuster the year it was released, Andrew Lau's martial-arts fantasy tells the story of Lord Conquer, whose fate depends on two orphans with superpowers. (1998, 128 min.)

In the Mood for Love
Sunday, July 21, 2 P.M.; Friday, July 26, 7 P.M.
Wong Kar-Wai's sumptuous period romance features neighbors in 1960s Hong Kong who suspect their spouses of cheating and find themselves falling in love with one another. (2000, 98 min.)

City of Glass
Friday, July 26, 3 P.M.; Thursday, August 1, 7 P.M.
An elegy for the romance and history of Hong Kong, Mabel Cheung's film tells the story of a car accident's victims who were recently reunited after twenty years apart and whose children are trying to piece together the mystery of their relationship. (1998, 115 min.)

Hu Du Men
Friday, August 2, 3 P.M.
Thursday, August 8, 7 P.M.
Acclaimed actress Josephine Siao gives a gripping performance as a Cantonese Opera superstar on the verge of retirement in Shu Kei's drama of backstage intrigue and forbidden romance. (1996, 98 min.)

Fighting for Love
Friday, August 2, 7 P.M.; Friday, August 9, 3 P.M.
Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Sammi Cheng team up for the first time as a couple who fall in love after getting into a car accident in this romantic comedy from director Joe Ma. (2001, 102 min.)

Twelve Nights
Friday, August 9, 7 P.M.; Friday, August 23, 3 P.M.
Aubrey Lam's innovative debut feature charts the rise and fall of a love affair between two young professionals through twelve scenes, each taking place on a single night over the course of a year. (2000, 92 min.)

Time and Tide
Friday, August 23, 7 P.M.; Sunday, August 25, 2 P.M.
A bodyguard and a mercenary team up to foil an assassination but eventually end up on opposite sides of a deadly confrontation in Tsui Hark's thriller. (2000, 113 min.)

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