| Brian Papajcik|
The Smithsonian Institute's Freer and Sackler galleries will kick off its 14th Annual Made in Hong Kong film festival tonight with a 7:00 p.m. screening of Sparrow, a noirish comedy from director Johnnie To.
Hong Kong cinema burst into the American consciousness in the early 1990s with film festival favorites like Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love. Filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino endorsed these films as among their favorites and the loyal followers of these auteurs similarly indulged.
Many films from Hong Kong filmmakers have been slated to be remade in Hollywood. The most notable of these is probably Martin Scorsese's The Departed, a remake of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs trilogy. American audiences are also familiar with directors John Woo (Hard Boiled, Face/Off) and Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle), and actors Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
The festival offers a variety of genres throughout its run. All films are shown in the Meyer Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Screenings are free, but tickets are required and may be picked up from the theater an hour before the show.
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