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To AUG. 27
In the mood for love? So are half the films in the Freer’s 11th annual celebration of Hong Kong cinema, although the lineup also makes provisions for slapstick and action, not to mention a little Tokyo drift. It’s unlikely that any of the previously unseen films can top the trio that have already had D.C. exposure. These are Tsui Hark’s hyperkinetic 19th-century kung fu epic, Once Upon a Time in China, and two characteristically rapturous films by Wong Kar-wai: 2046 (at 7 p.m., Friday, July 7, and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 9) is a time-traveling visual fugue on the director’s usual themes of love and loss, while Happy Together is a gay anti-romance that journeys to Hong Kong’s antipode, Buenos Aires. The other love-struck tales are Derek Yee’s 2 Young, a sweet tale of adolescent rebellion that eventually (and unfortunately) becomes a teen-pregnancy melodrama, and Peter Chan’s Perhaps Love, in which ex-lovers play new paramours in a musical whose plot mirrors their relationship. The yuks come from Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) as a corrupt Qing Dynasty attorney in Johnnie To’s Justice, My Foot!; Benny Chan’s edgy but over-plotted Divergence provides the cops-and-gangsters strife; and the drifting is in Initial D, a teen-racer film adapted from a Japanese manga by the Infernal Affairs team of Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. The films show Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 12th St. & Jefferson Drive SW. Free. (202) 357-3200. (Mark Jenkins)