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    Harry Dean Stanton stars in “Lucky.”

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DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Museum of Art, 532-6097, honolulumuseum.org; $10-$12 unless noted.

Wu Tianming Tribute

Friday-Sunday. Wu Tianming, who died in 2014, was one of China’s leading fourth-generation filmmakers, known as the “godfather of contemporary Chinese cinema,” head of Xi’an Film Studio and mentor to fifth-generation filmmakers who put Chinese cinema on the map globally.

“River Without Buoys”

7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday, with post-screening discussion featuring Janet Wu, daughter of director Wu Tianming.

At a time when the Chinese Cultural Revolution was at its height during the 1980s, director Wu Tianming follows the life of three timber rafters working on the Xiao River, each taking time to recover from heartbreak. Tensions mount when they encounter a former district director from a labor camp. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1983, China, 1:40)

“The Horse Thief”

1 p.m. Saturday

A Tibetan bandit charged with stealing from his temple is banished along with his family, and they struggle in a harsh, new landscape. After his son dies from illness, Norbu seeks to reintegrate with his clan by changing his ways, but he then struggles with his newfound morality. Directed by Tian Zhungzhuang. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1986, China, 1:28)

“Old Well”

4 p.m. Saturday

A married man and his former lover reignite their flame when they become trapped while digging a well in a rural village. Note: In exchange for producing another film, Wu Tianming convinced filmmaker Zhang Yimou to star as this film’s male lead. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1987, China, 2:10)

“Red Sorghum”

7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday

After the death of her much older husband, a young woman takes charge of a failing distillery and turns it around despite the interference of men who surround her as war reaches the village. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1987, China, 1:35)

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary

1 p.m. Tuesday

“Traffic Stop,” “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” “Edith + Eddie,” “Heroin(e)” and “Knife Skills.” (Run time is 3:04, with intermission.)

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation

7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

“Dear Basketball,” “Negative Space,” “Lou,” “Revolting Rhymes,” “Garden Party,” “Lost Property Office,” “Coin Operated” and “Achoo.”

2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action

1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

“DeKalb Elementary,” “The Silent Child,” “My Nephew Emmett,” “The Eleven O’Clock,” “Watu Wote/All of Us.” (Run time is 1:37.)

“David Hockney: At the Royal Academy of Arts”

1 p.m. Thursday

Director Phil Grabsky’s documentary on British artist David Hockney features in-depth interviews and focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. (2018, U.K., 1:25)

Family Film Sunday

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., free.

>> “The King of Masks”

An aging street performer, with hopes of carrying on the opera art of “bian lian,” adopts an orphan boy to be his grandson and apprentice. The orphan turns out to be a girl and causes them to experience cultural and societal obstacles. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (1996, China, 1:31)

MOVIE MUSEUM

3566 Harding Ave., 735-8771; $4-$5

“The Kid From the Big Apple”

11 a.m., and 3:30 and 8 p.m. Friday

An 11-year-old girl born and raised in New York is upset when she is forced to stay in Kuala Lumpur with her grandfather — a man she’s never met — but her outlook on life forever changes when she explores the neighborhood and makes new friends. For ages 10 and older. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (2016, Malaysia/Hong Kong/Singapore, 2:00)

“Hero”

1:15 and 5:45 p.m. Friday; and noon, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Sunday

A delinquent-turned-prosecutor returns to his Tokyo office, where a female co-worker gives him the cold shoulder for not contacting her during his six-year absence. While helping solve a murder case with dire political implications, he hopes to reignite this once-flirtatious relationship. Based on a popular Fuji TV show about a team of public prosecutors. For ages 12 and older. In Japanese and Korean with subtitles. (2007, Japan, 2:10)

“Wonder”

11 a.m., and 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m., and 3 and 7 p.m. Monday

The parents of an intelligent 10-year-old boy, who had been home-schooled due to a facial deformity, make the decision to enroll him in a mainstream middle school. With Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts and Mandy Patinkin. Rated PG. (2017, U.S./Hong Kong, 1:53)

“Touch of the Light”

1, 5 and 9 p.m. Monday

A blind piano prodigy stars as himself in a true story about a young man who feels helpless and isolated at a mainstream music college after attending only schools for the visually impaired. When he meets a dance prodigy, they find that together they soar to new, creative heights. For ages 12 and older. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (2012, Taiwan, 1:49)

“Lucky”

11:30 a.m., and 3:15, 5 and 8:45 p.m. Thursday

A stubborn atheist living in an off-the-grid desert town has been enjoying good health all his life despite his pack-a-day smoking habit, but the reality of mortality hits when he takes a fall. For ages 12 and older. (2017, 1:28)

“A Flat for Three”

1:15 and 6:45 p.m. Thursday

Three divorced fathers living together in a Roman apartment do what they must to make ends meet: Music lover Ulisse sells his prized vinyl collection, film critic Fulbio is forced to write a gossip column and Domenico becomes a gigolo. For ages 13 and older. In Italian with English subtitles. (2012, Italy, 1:55)

IMPACT HUB

6 p.m. Monday, 1050 Queen St., Suite 100; $10, $5 for members. 436-4326

“Finding Sandalwood Mountain: The History of Chinese in Hawaii”

Greg Andermann’s documentary on the history of Chinese people in Hawaii features stories about Chun Ah Fong, Sun Yat Sen and Hiram Fong, and examines the social impact of Hawaii’s Chinese immigrants and their modern descendants. A Q&A session with Andermann follows. (2008, 1:49)

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