Thursday, September 16
Let your weekend begin in Hong Kong with Stephen Chow 's latest crazy comedy Kung Fu Hustle first thing in the morning (9 am, Paramount 2) and an early evening screening of Johnnie To 's cop siege melodrama Breaking News (7:30 pm, Isabel Bader). They have little in common but point of origin, but between them, To and Chow define the alpha and omega of HK's enduringly populist cinema. To, who made The Mission and Full Time Killer, is the humourless director of bullet ballets. (John Woo, come home. All is forgiven.) Chow's last film was Shaolin Soccer.
Friday, September 17
Let there be music. There's something weirdly unnatural about hearing the blues when the morning sun is out, but Antoine Fuqua 's Lightning In A Bottle (10 am, Cumberland 2) is worth seeing any time for Buddy Guy 's electrifying acoustic journey through the Muddy Waters classic I Can't Be Satisfied, Natalie Cole 's unexpected growl in St. Louis Blues and a house band that includes Keb' Mo' , Dr. John and Kim Wilson . When the evening sun goes down, you can sample Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert For Harold Leventhal (9 pm, Elgin). Leventhal was the manager of the Weavers and Peter, Paul and Mary . Pete Seeger and the surviving members of the Weavers are scheduled to appear at the screening.
Saturday, September 18
There are some very interesting selections on the festival's final day, but you couldn't do better than rare theatrical screenings of two choices from the past. Paul Schrader claims Robert Bresson 's austere masterpiece Diary Of A Country Priest (12:30 pm, Cumberland 2) as an influence on Taxi Driver, which only sounds bizarre. In the afternoon, on the big screen at the Elgin, a newly restored print of Buster Keaton 's The General (3 pm). Hmm, think I'll pick up a ticket for that one myself.
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