Twentieth Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival


  • Freer Gallery of Art 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC, 20560 United States

July 17–August 16, 2015

We celebrate twenty years of Hong Kong movies at the Freer|Sackler with screenings and special events, including guest appearances, new hit films, and rare classics. Cosponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

Week of Sunday, July 12, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Dearest"

Friday, July 17, 7 pm

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The winner of two Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society Awards, this gripping, morally complex drama is based on a true story of  divorced parents spending years searching for their missing child. When they finally track him down, he is with a poor woman who has no idea that her now-deceased husband abducted him, and the boy has no memory of his real parents. “The reason I became attracted to this story—other than that it’s stranger t…

Week of Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Golden Chickensss"

Sunday, July 19, 2 pm

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The brilliant comic actress Sandra Ng returns to her iconic role in this reboot of the popular Golden Chicken series. In the first two films, Ng played a fast-talking prostitute. Ten years later, she now runs her own crew of high-class escorts, including Ivana Wong in a performance that earned her awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer at the 2015 Hong Kong Film Awards.

Beginning with a spoof of the famous…

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "From Vegas to Macau"

Friday, July 24, 7 pm

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Hong Kong megastar Chow Yun-fat is at his comedic and charismatic best in this action-comedy from Wong Jing. Starring alongside Chapman To and Nicholas Tse, Chow plays the suave gambler “Magic Hands” Ken, who teams up with his protégés to take down an international crime ring.

“This glossy, reassuringly campy production serves up a boisterous mix of goofy humor and kinetic action, in which the crew and cast—led by Chow Yun-fat at…

Week of Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Martial Club"

Sunday, July 26, 2 pm

Followed by a Chinese Lion Dance performed by the Wong People Kung Fu Association, and a demonstration and discussion with martial arts masters Dennis Brown, Oso Tayari Casel, Vincent Lyn, Bobby Samuels, and Ron Wheeler, moderated by producer and martial artist Bey Logan.

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This “pure, unfiltered example of the classic kung fu movie” (Mark Pollard, Kung Fu Cinema) about a rivalry between two kung fu schools stars Gordon Liu as the…

Friday, July 31, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "The Midnight After"

Friday, July 31, 7 pm

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Named both Best Film and Best Director by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Fruit Chan’s science-fiction comedy follows a group of Hong Kong denizens on a late-night trip. When they emerge from their minibus, the travelers discover they are the only people left in the city—the first of many disturbing realizations.

Featuring a great cast that includes Simon Yam, Kara Hui, and rocker Jan Curious (who at one point launches into…

Week of Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Full Throttle"

Sunday, August 2, 2 pm

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Included in the Freer|Sackler’s first Made in Hong Kong Film Festival in 1996, this fast-paced action movie stars Andy Lau as Joe, who rides his motorcycle in illegal street races. Joe befriends a professional racer sponsored by his estranged father, which spurs a familial rivalry with high-speed stakes.

LoveHKfilm.com praises this classic as an “entertaining action drama … that's well produced and involving, with great visuals…

Friday, August 7, 201

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Gangster Payday"

Friday, August 7, 7 pm

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“In every department, from casting to cinematography,” raves Richard Kuipers in Variety, “Gangster Payday taps into the spirit of the 1980s and ’90s golden age of Hong Kong crime movies”—making it a perfect addition to this year’s festival. Anthony Wong gives a terrific performance as an aging mob boss who helps a feisty young restaurateur stand up to greedy property developers. This “unapologetically Hong Kong film … basks in…

Week of Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "The Long Arm of the Law"

Sunday, August 9, 2 pm

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Presented in a rare 35mm print, Johnny Mak’s directorial debut is a seminal film that established the Hong Kong gangster movie genre and is now one of the Hong Kong Film Archive’s 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies. Lam Wai plays Tung, the leader of a gang of former soldiers living on the edge of poverty in mainland China. Desperate to change their situation, they hatch a plot to rob a Hong Kong jewelry store and return to China with…

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: Choose Your Jackie!

Friday, August 14, 7 pm

As a gift to our longtime Made in Hong Kong Film Festival fans, we’re letting the audience choose which of four classic action hits starring Hong Kong icon Jackie Chan will be shown on Friday, August 14. Cast your vote on our Facebook page (voting opens June 22) or in person at a festival screening through July 26. If you vote in person for the winning film, you’ll be entered to win a prize!

Week of Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hong Kong Film Festival: "Diva"

Sunday, August 16, 3 pm

In person: Heiward Mak

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For the final screening of our twentieth-anniversary festival, we look to the future by inviting young filmmaker Heiward Mak to present her behind-the-scenes showbiz drama Diva. Set in the Hong Kong pop music world, it stars real-life pop star Joey Yung as a singer who loses her voice in the midst of a concert. While she lays low on the mainland, striking up a relationship with a blind masseur, her…