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Jul
19
Fri
Film: “Still Human”
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In person: Crisel Consunji, actress
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Veteran actor Anthony Wong and newcomer Crisel Consunji both won well-deserved Hong Kong Film Awards for performances in this moving dramedy about a grumpy wheelchair-bound pensioner (Wong) and the live-in maid (Consunji) hired to take care of him. This film touches on a number of important issues, from the precarious financial situation of many of Hong Kong’s elderly residents, to the prejudice faced by the city’s scores of Filipino guest workers. Director Oliver Siu Kuen Chan melts even the iciest of hearts with the warmth of the touching relationship that emerges between these two outcasts. It is “one of those rare gems of a film which takes a distinctly Hong Kong scenario and turns it into a gently comical drama with universal appeal” (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post). (Dir.: Oliver Siu Kuen Chan, Hong Kong, 2019, 111 min., DCP, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)

Jul
21
Sun
Film: “The Thousand Faces of Dunjia”
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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This big-screen extravaganza is loaded with all the over-the-top CGI effects, goofy humor, spectacular fight scenes, and imaginative storytelling you might expect from the vast imaginations of the two Hong Kong cinema legends who created it: screenwriter/producer Tsui Hark and director Yuen Woo-ping. Starring pop singer Aarif Rahman, it is set in a mythical version of ancient China, where a clan of supernatural heroes battles shape-shifting aliens to retrieve a magical orb that will restore peace to the kingdom. (Dir.: Yuen Woo-ping, China, 2017, 113 min., DCP, Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles)

Jul
26
Fri
Film: “Integrity”
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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From the codirector of the wildly successful Infernal Affairs trilogy comes this “engaging, steely, ticking-clock financial thriller” (Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter). Sean Lau stars as King, chief investigator for Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). When two important witnesses fail to appear in a court case he is leading, his search leads him deeper and deeper into a web of cryptocurrency, high-stakes tobacco smuggling, and a vast network of corruption that even reaches back to his own childhood. Eschewing wall-to-wall action for slowly ratcheting suspense, Mak’s film is slick, polished, and full of surprising plot twists. (Dir.: Alan Mak, Hong Kong, 2019, 114 min., DCP, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)

Jul
28
Sun
Film: “Men on the Dragon”
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In person: Sunny Chan, director; Jennifer Yu, actress; Kenny Wong, actor; and members of DC Dragons dragon boat club.

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In this feel-good indie hit, four corporate employees join the company’s dragon boat racing team to avoid falling victim to a round of layoffs, only to find that becoming middle-aged athletes improves their troubled personal lives as well. Sweet-natured and gently humorous, this directorial debut by screenwriter and relationship columnist Sunny Chan features thrilling racing scenes and garnered nine Hong Kong Film Awards nominations. It is, in the words of South China Morning Post film critic Edmund Lee, a “life-affirming gem of a film that, while never hesitating to milk its protagonists’ misfortunes for laughs, stays sympathetic till the end.” (Dir.: Sunny Chan, Hong Kong, 2018, 92 min., DCP, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)

Aug
4
Sun
Film: “Project Gutenberg”
Aug 4 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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The winner of no less than seven Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, this thriller follows the exploits of a gang of counterfeiters. The legendary Chow Yun-fat (A Better Tomorrow; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) returns, with obvious enjoyment, to his smooth criminal roots as the suave, dapper, and elusive head of the gang. He is being pursued by the Hong Kong police with the help of convicted counterfeiter Lee Man (Aaron Kwok), who has been extradited from Thailand to help them—but is his testimony reliable? “Bathed as it is in rough-hewn, desaturated browns and grays, anchored by a pair of solid action set pieces, structured cleverly enough to keep the tension simmering and blessed with a pair of endlessly appealing stars” (Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter), Project Gutenberg’s twist-filled plot will keep you guessing right up to the end. (Dir.: Felix Chong, Hong Kong/China, 2018, 130 min., DCP, Cantonese and Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles)

Aug
7
Wed
Japanese Classics: “High and Low”
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on contemporary Japanese society. Description courtesy of Janus Films. (Dir.: Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1963, 143 min., 35mm, B&W, Japanese with English subtitles)

Aug
9
Fri
Film: “The Leakers”
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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When a contagious and deadly virus suddenly strikes Malaysia, a Hong Kong journalist is tipped off by a colleague that its release may not be accidental. That touches off an investigation that entangles journalists, cops, a corrupt pharmaceutical company run by a wealthy, feuding family, and an international hacking group with shadowy motives. This film from the prolific and talented Herman Yau—his Shock Wave was the hit of last year’s festival—is, in the words of South China Morning Post film critic Edmund Lee, “A twisty and relentlessly frenetic narrative that rarely fails to entertain.” (Dir.: Herman Yau, Hong Kong/Malaysia, 2018, 103 min., DCP, Cantonese, English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles)

Aug
11
Sun
Film: “Master Z: Ip Man Legacy”
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Directed by the legendary director/fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, whose credits range from directing Jackie Chan in Drunken Master to creating the stunning action scenes in The Matrix, Kill Bill, and much more, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy is a spin-off of the popular franchise about the life of Bruce Lee’s famous martial arts teacher. Max Zhang stars as a former challenger to Ip Man, who now lives a peaceful life as a single father running a store—until he runs afoul of local criminals and has to defend his turf from opium den proprietress Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and villainous restaurateur Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times raves, “Master Z is tip-top, a complete tonic to experience if you’re in the mood for high-kicking, fists-flying, mirrors-cracking and windows-smashing cinematic moments.” (Dir.: Yuen Woo-ping, Hong Kong/China, 2018, 107 min., DCP, Cantonese and English with English and Chinese subtitles)

Aug
16
Fri
Film: “Full Contact”
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

35mm archive print!
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Last year, Hong Kong lost one of its true cinematic pioneers. Ringo Lam (City on Fire) was among the leaders of a freakishly talented generation of filmmakers that turned Hong Kong into an international cinema powerhouse through high-octane, action-packed gangster movies unlike anything the world had ever seen. We pay tribute to him by showing his ferociously over-the-top Full Contact. Chow Yun Fat stars as Jeff, a criminal with a conscience who seeks vengeance on the gay libertine gangster Judge (Simon Yam), who double-crossed him and left him for dead. Wickedly violent and amoral, Full Contact famously boasts a shot filmed from the point of view of a hurtling bullet, not to mention the unforgettable insult, “Go masturbate in hell!” Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive. (Dir.: Ringo Lam, Hong Kong, 1992, 104 min., 35mm, Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles)

Aug
18
Sun
Film: “Police Story”
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New digital restoration!
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The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan’s breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy, a smash hit that made him a worldwide icon of daredevil action spectacle. The director/star/one-man stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector who goes rogue to bring down a drug kingpin and protect the case’s star witness (Chinese cinema legend Brigitte Lin) from retribution. Packed wall-to-wall with charmingly goofball slapstick and astoundingly acrobatic fight choreography—including an epic shopping mall melee of flying fists and shattered glass—Police Story set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that would influence a generation of filmmakers from Hong Kong to Hollywood. Description courtesy of Janus Films. (Dir.: Jackie Chan, Hong Kong, 1985, 100 min., DCP, Cantonese with English subtitles)