Action Films, Hong Kong-Style : Movies: A two-week festival at MainPlace / Santa Ana begins with 'A Chinese Ghost Story.' Among the 13 other features are two starring Jackie Chan.

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Action films of Hong Kong are the focus of a two-week series opening today at the AMC MainPlace 6 Theatres. "Festival Hong Kong" will feature 14 films through May 20.

Playing today and Saturday are "A Chinese Ghost Story," about a young tax collector who falls in love with a spirit and must battle a demon with a mile-long tongue, and "Peking Opera Blues," a suspense thriller set after the Chinese revolution of 1911.

"A Chinese Ghost Story" was directed by Ching Siu-Tung; show times are 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, 3:45 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday. "Peking Opera Blues," directed by Tsui Hark, will screen at 3:45 and 9:45 p.m. today, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jackie Chan, a huge star whose action roles combine outrageous stunts and physical gags, will be featured in two films Sunday and Monday ("City Hunter" and "Police Story") and again with two films May 17 and 18 ("Armour of God II: Operation Condor" and "Project A"). Chan directed three of the films.

Tuesday and Wednesday will feature "The God of Gamblers," by director Wong Jing, and "Savior of the Soul," directed by Corey Yuen and David Lai.

John Woo, Hong Kong's hottest action director, will be represented May 13 and 14 with "Bullet in the Head" and "A Better Tomorrow I," a thriller set in the Hong Kong film industry.

"Once Upon a Time in China I," which tells the adventures of a Ching Dynasty hero (directed by Tsui Hark), and "Swordsman II" directed by Ching Siu-Tung, will be shown May 15 and 16. Closing the festival May 19 and 20 will be two films by director Chan Ka-Sheung, "Fight Back to School I" and "King of Beggars."

Filmgoers will be charged regular theater admission. For screening times, call (714) 972-8500.

All films are in Cantonese, with English and Chinese subtitles.

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