It’s not Hollywood. It’s not Bollywood. It’s another film center of the world, Hong Kong, that The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, hosts of the popular Asia After Dark series, celebrates with the 15th annual “Made in Hong Kong Film Festival” beginning Friday, June 18. Cosponsored by the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) the series runs on weekends from June into August.
This year, there will be eight films featured during the festival, led by John Woo’s epic “Red Cliff,” which has never been shown in commercial theaters in the U.S. The two-part, five-hour-long film depicts the Battle of Red Cliffs, one of the most famous events in Chinese history. The battle is also depicted in several artworks in the Freer and Sackler collections.
Each film is shown twice, once on a Friday night at 7 pm and then again on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm two days later. Films being shown follow:
Red Cliff – Part 1, Red Cliff – Part 2, Vengeance
Ip Man, Rule Number One, The Contract, The Pye Dog, Magic Boy
Want to download the cool poster? Check out this link [PDF, 3MB].