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Film - "Made in Hong Kong" series, 2008

(adapted from the Freer Gallery's program for June-August 2008)

Thirteenth Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival - July-Aug. 2008

This year's festival features a selection of film, new and old, that highlights Hong Kong's cinematic achievements. This festival is cosponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. All films are in Cantonese with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2 p.m.
Glenn Kenny of Premiere Magazine calls Johnny To's Exiled "one of his most assured, enjoyable pictures, refreshing fun that's sure to satisfy anyone's action jones." In the anxious atmosphere of Macau's final days as a Portuguese colony in 1998, four hitmen resolve to team up for one final big score before the island is handed over to Chinese rule.

My Name is Fame
Friday, July 18, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2 p.m.
This drama by Lawrence Lau is one of the treasures of recent Hong Kong cinema. Lau Ching-wan stars as a bitter, washed-up actor who begrudgingly takes an aspiring ingénue (Huo Si-yan) under his wing. Her growing success inspires in him a mixture of jealousy, affection, and a desire to return to the silver screen. Watch for cameo appearances by some of Hong Kong's well-known actors and directors.

Friday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m.
This wickedly clever, satirical thriller by Pang Ho-cheung begins with a Hong Kong police detective interrogating a Peeping Tom under arrest for spying on a women's restroom. He claims, however, that he was eavesdropping on a vast conspiracy to rid the planet of men. Pang keeps the viewer guessing right up to the end: are women really conspiring to rid the world of the less-necessary gender, or has the detective been hoodwinked?

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt
Friday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 3, 2 p.m.
Ann Hui's latest film, based on a popular novel by Yan Yan, mixes comedy and poignancy in a tale of a sixtysomething woman who lives alone in Shanghai and is trying to cope with both financial woes and the impersonal city around her. Chow Yun-fat hilariously spoofs his famously suave screen persona and adds to the film's charm by playing a smarmy con man.

Shaolin Soccer
Friday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2 p.m.
Stephen Chow both directs and stars in this special effects filled farce, playing a down-on-his-luck goofball who just happens to be trained in the Shaolin school of martial arts. This training gives him and his fellow monks extraordinary abilities that come in handy in their soccer showdown with "Team Evil." The film's "infectious style has a way of lifting spirits. You don't have to be a fan of soccer or kung fu to enjoy it" (Claudia Puig, USA Today).

As Tears Go By
Friday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m.
Wong Kar-wai gained an enthusiastic cult following with such films as Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, and 2046. He made his directing debut with this gang-world saga about a criminal whose protective instincts lead to tragic consequences. Evident here are characteristics of Wong's later style—a lush, moody atmosphere, dazzling camerawork, and tender moments underscored by melancholy pop songs—that established him as one of Hong Kong's most distinctive filmmakers.

Friday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2 p.m.
Hong Kong legends Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, and Johnny To teamed up for this cinematic game based on Hark's idea for a collaborative film. Each director contributed a section to this continuous story, freely using his own methods and taking the plot in any direction he wanted. The result is both a primer in the unique styles of these directors and an enjoyable romp about a robbery gone wrong.

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