1989, 139 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan assumes triple duty as director, star and stunt coordinator in his exhilarating take on Frank Capra’s POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES. Set in 1930s Hong Kong, Chan plays a country boy who credits the lucky roses he buys from Madame Kao (Gua Ah-leh) for his ascension as he rises through the ranks to become a powerful gang boss. Winner of Best Action Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards, MIRACLES is often cited by Chan as one of his favorite directorial features. Complete with an all-star cast of Hong Kong movie veterans, lavish sets and stunning cinematography, MIRACLES is a visual feast in every sense

1985, 101 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen

Following the disappointing reception of THE PROTECTOR in the U.S., Jackie Chan went back to Hong Kong and began working on what would be both a watershed moment in global action cinema and the start of wildly successful franchise. Acknowledged by the star as his best action film, POLICE STORY introduced the world to Chan on a whole new level as police Inspector “Kevin” / Chan Ka-Kui, a relentless cop intent on smashing Chu Tao's (Chor Yuen) crime syndicate at any cost. With Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung rounding out a stellar cast, POLICE STORY instantly cemented Chan’s place as a legend.

1990, Rialto Pictures, 98 min, USA, Dir: Whit Stillman

Writer-director Whit Stillman earned an Oscar nomination for his debut feature, this perceptive comedy of manners set in 1970s Manhattan. While on winter break from his university, Tom Townsend (Edward Clements) meets a group of young socialites at a debutante ball and is accepted into their circle, spending evenings at after-hours parties hashing through socialist political theories, romantic gossip and concerns about the impending demise of the aristocracy to which all but Tom were born.

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