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In the third installment of this popular franchise, Donnie Yen reprises his role as the real-life kung fu master best known for having trained a young Bruce Lee. 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.
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.
Detective Inspector Lee and Detective Carter return in the second installment of the Rush Hour franchise, this time both venturing to Lee’s home of Hong Kong. Chinese cinematic superstar Zhang Ziyi joins the star-studded cast, along with Don Cheadle and Roselyn Sánchez.
The danger is palpable as filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal.
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
Continuing its summer film series, Asia Society Texas Center presents the first title in the Rush Hour franchise, which spawned three films and a recent television series. Global icon Jackie Chan stars as Detective Inspector Lee, who is tracking down a Chinese crime syndicate in Los Angeles after Hong Kong’s transfer from British rule. Chris Tucker plays an LA police officer, assigned to divert Lee from an FBI investigation into the kidnapping of the local Chinese Consul’s daughter.
The danger is palpable as intrepid young filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows maverick activist Ye Haiyan (a.k.a Hooligan Sparrow) and her band of colleagues to Hainan Province in southern China to protest the case of six elementary school girls who were sexually abused by their principal.
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.