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JULY 11-26

Short on such traditional Hong Kong film subjects as gangsters and ghosts, this program presents the almost-current spirit of the former colony’s cinema: All the movies were made since 1996. Featured are 1997 HK top-grosser Armageddon, in which a telecommunications genius (not Bruce Willis) is forced into police protection after other scientists are mysteriously killed (July 16 at 7 p.m.), and three films by well-known directors: Love Amoeba Style, a comedy about four housemates who go into business together, is the latest from Shu (Stage Door, Queer Story) Kei (July 11 at 7 p.m.); Eighteen Springs (pictured), which recounts class struggles in ’30s Shanghai, was directed by Ann (Boat People, Song of the Exile) Hui (July 12 at 2 p.m.); and Full Alert is a cops-and-robbers suspense flick from Ringo (City on Fire, Full Contact) Lam (July 25 at 7 p.m.). Also included are Viva Erotica, which sounds a bit like a HK Boogie Nights (July 18 at 7 p.m.); My Dad Is a Jerk, a comedy about a footloose guy who must suddenly take responsibility for his 9-year-old son (July 19 at 2 p.m.); Intimates, the story of two exiled women who share a secret in the ’30s (July 23 at 7 p.m.); and The Mad Phoenix, a biopic about gifted but troubled Cantonese opera composer Raymond To (July 26 at 2 p.m.). At the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium, 12th & Jefferson Dr. SW. Free. (202) 357-3200. (Mark Jenkins)