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Hong Kong Film Festival: "Happiness"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. World premiere! In person: Kara Wai, actress; Carlos Chan, actor Kara Wai gives a powerful performance in the world premiere of Andy Lo’s directorial debut. In her role as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s, she takes under her wing an aimless young man (Chan) who has come to Hong Kong to look for the father who abandoned him. Together these wounded souls make a family of their own in this touching drama from the screenwriter of Crazy n’ The City and My Name is Fame. Followed by a Q&A and an autograph signing with its two stars. (Dir.: Andy Lo, Hong Kong, 2016, 113 min. DCP, Cantonese with English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Friday, July 15, 2016, 7:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "My Young Auntie"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. In person: Kara Wai, actress Kara Wai won her first Hong Kong Film Award for her effervescent performance in this delightful kung fu comedy. She plays a young student who marries her dying teacher to keep his inheritance away from his untrustworthy relatives. When she visits her new relatives, traditional notions of familial hierarchy are upended—and her dazzling kung fu skills come in handy when a bunch of bad guys show up to steal the family property. © Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved. 版權由天映娛樂有限公司 (Dir.: Lau Kar-Leung, Hong Kong, 1981, 100 min. Digibeta, Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Sunday, July 17, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "The Mermaid"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. 3D screening! The Mermaid is an “exhilarating, bizarre, good-hearted, blatantly obvious sci-fi-fantasy-slapstick eco-fable” (Glenn Kenny, New York Times) from Hong Kong comedy king Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer). It is also the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. Since it made only a brief appearance on American screens, we’re bringing it back for an encore—in 3D, no less. When an island development threatens their habitat, a mermaid family sends one of its number (charming newcomer Jelly Lin) to assassinate the greedy entrepreneur. Instead of using her sack of weaponized sea urchins to kill him, she falls in love. Chow’s brand of absurdist humor is on full display in this wild ride that covers all the comedy bases, from rom-com to high-flying action, but it carries a sincere environmental message at its heart. (Dir.: Stephen Chow, China/Hong Kong, 2016, 94 min. DCP, Mandarin with English… Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Saturday, July 23, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Ten Years"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. See the micro-budget sci-fi omnibus that beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Hong Kong box office. Chinese authorities considered Ten Years so dangerous that they banned it from theaters and even blacked out broadcast of the Hong Kong Film Awards simply because it was nominated. Made for the equivalent of about $70,000, this collection of five short films, each by a different director, speculates darkly on what Hong Kong will look like in 2025. A false-flag assassination plot and a children’s brigade that keeps tabs on subversive adults are among the ominous predictions. The idea for the film germinated before the 2014 Hong Kong street protests, but all five of its parts channel the energy and anxiety of the Umbrella Movement. (Dir.: Ng La-leung, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-Wai, Fei-Pang Wong, and Kwok Zune, Hong Kong, 2015, 104 min. DCP, Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Sunday, July 24, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Office"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater. 3D screening! According to the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis, if Johnnie To “were an American, his name would fall from lips as easily as Martin Scorsese’s.” This masterful director of more than fifty films, including such classics as Election and PTU, has never applied his signature fluid camerawork to a full-blown musical . . . until now. Based on Design for Living, a popular stage play by Sylvia Chang (who stars in the movie alongside the eternally suave Chow Yun-fat), Office depicts the ups and downs—romantic and financial—of a financial firm’s staff during 2008’s global economic turmoil. Full of sparkling song and dance numbers performed in an abstract set of glass walls and tubes of light, this “visually inventive romp . . . charmingly mines humor, romance and no shortage of eccentric lyrics from the world of spreadsheets and stock portfolios” (Justin Chang, Variety). (Dir.: Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China,… Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Saturday, July 30, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Ip Man 3"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater. Donnie Yen versus Mike Tyson? Yes, please! In the third installment of this popular franchise, Yen reprises his role as the real-life kung fu master best known for having trained a young Bruce Lee (as seen here in the first of many fight scenes choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping). In this edition, which was nominated for eight Hong Kong Film Awards, Ip is settling into life as a family man, but he’s soon called to protect Hong Kong from a ruthless American businessman (with surprisingly strong boxing skills) who is trying to make a land grab. Yen brings his customary grace and gravitas to the title role, while director Wilson Yip suffuses the film with rich period detail. (Dir.: Wilson Yip, Hong Kong, 2015, 105 min. DCP, Cantonese with English subtitles) Images courtesy of Well Go USA. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Sunday, July 31, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "The Blade"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater. The Blade is Tsui Hark’s masterful tribute to the martial arts films of his youth. A reimagining of director Chang Cheh’s 1967 wuxia landmark The One-Armed Swordsman, this phantasmagoric action film moves like an out-of-control freight train. Featuring rapid cutting, berserk camera movement, frenetic choreography, and compositions bursting with detail, The Blade shows one of the world's best directors at the top of his game. Description courtesy of Subway Cinema. (Dir.: Tsui Hark, Hong Kong, 1995, 100 min. 35mm, Cantonese with English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 1:00 PM.

Hong Kong Film Festival: "A Terra-Cotta Warrior"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater. Inspired by everyone from Kurosawa to Spielberg, A Terra-Cotta Warrior is a feast for the senses. Two and a half years in the making, it was one of the most exquisite fantasy films to come out of Hong Kong in the 1990s, featuring a unique blend of romance, swashbuckling action, and comedy.  Zhang Yimou and Gong Li—then China’s cinematic power couple—star as an imperial soldier and the woman who brings him back to life after he’s spent centuries encased in clay in the emperor’s tomb. Description courtesy of Subway Cinema. (Dir.: Ching Siu-tung, Hong Kong, 1990, 97 min. 35mm, Cantonese with English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Saturday, August 6, 2016, 3:30 PM.

Film and Discussion: "The Red Wolf"

This event is held at the National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater. In person: Bobby Samuels The first African American to be inducted into the Hong Kong Stuntman’s Association, Bobby Samuels worked with some of Hong Kong’s biggest movie stars during his career there in the 1990s. Join him to close out the festival with a screening and discussion of one of his films, the action-packed hostage drama The Red Wolf, directed by legendary stunt-master Yuen Wo-ping. (Dir.: Yuen Wo-ping, Hong Kong, 1995, 92 min. DVD, Cantonese with English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Free. Sunday, August 7, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Film: "Mountains May Depart"

This screening is held at National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater. Mainland master Jia Zhangke scales new heights with Mountains May Depart. At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic, Jia's new film also is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the resulting materialism have affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. The “cumulative impact,” writes Scott Foundas in Variety, is “enormously touching, highlighted by Jia’s rapturous image-making and a luminous central performance by the director’s regular muse (and wife), Zhao Tao.” (Dir.: Jia Zhangke, China/France/Japan, 2015, 131 min. DCP, Cantonese, Mandarin and English with English subtitles). Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Warner Bros. Theater. Cost: Admission is first-come, first-served. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 2:00 PM.

Film: "Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang"

This screening is held at the National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) accompanies the prolific Chinese director Jia Zhangke on a walk down memory lane as Jia revisits his hometown and other locations from his ever-growing body of work. At each location, the two directors visit Jia's family, friends, and former colleagues. Their conversations range from his mother's tales of Jia as a young boy to amusing remembrances of schooldays and film shoots to memories of his father. They also discuss the fact that, if not for pirated DVDs, much of Jia's work would go unseen in China. The confluence of storytelling, intellect, and politics informing all of Jia's work is brought to light in this lovely, intimate portrait. (Dir.: Walter Salles, France/Brazil, 2014, 99 min. Blu-ray, Mandarin with English subtitles) Images copyright Walter Salles. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 4:30 PM.