Jet Li in a tearjerker, Chow Yun Fat as Confucius, and the first fully animated 3D film produced by China are some of the films to be shown in the 6th Spring Film Festival at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall on January 20-29, 2012.
The Spring Film Festival of Chinese Films is organized by the Ateneo de Manila University (Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Celadon, and Confucius Institute) with the help of the Cultural Office of the People’s Republic of China to celebrate the Chinese New Year and to help Filipinos understand China through the popular medium of film.
So if you are thinking of something to do this Chinese New Year, (The Year of the Dragon, a very lucky year according to experts) then you should just go to the Shangri-la Mall Cineplex. Don’t worry about spending your hard-earned cash coz admission is FREE. You heard it right, it’s FREE, you just need to bring yourself and a date (well, having a date is optional) or a bunch of your friends and see six films that cater to different age groups and audiences. Schools are also welcome to bring students for block screenings on a first-come, first serve basis.
The following movies will be shown in the festival:
A family drama about a father – Sam Wang (played by Jet Li), who is solely taking care of his autistic child- Dafu. Wang finds out that he has liver cancer and has a few days to live. Not only does Wang have to cope with his own suffering and impending death, he also has to deal with the heartache of leaving Dafu with no immediate family. This heartwarming film shows the challenges of being a single parent and how parents, even on their last days, would do anything just to ensure the safety and happiness of their children.
Jan. 21 (9:00PM) Jan. 22 (1:30PM) Jan. 23 (6:30PM) Jan. 25 (8:00PM) Jan. 27 (1:30PM) Jan. 28 (3:30PM) Jan. 29 (8:30PM)
Lost on Journey
A comedy narrating Li Chenggong’s travel as he endures bad luck after bad luck just to celebrate New Year’s Eve with his family. Li hops from a plane, to a train,to a bus, and to a boat in the desire to be with his family during the most important event of the year. And along the way, he meets a stranger Niu Geng who later helps him discover something important about himself and the goodness of other people. This movie is a funny presentation of how bad luck brought two different worlds together.
Jan. 20 (3:00PM) Jan. 21 (1:30PM) Jan. 23 (8:30PM) Jan. 24 (4:30PM) Jan. 26 (1:30PM) Jan. 27 (5:30PM) Jan. 28 (5:30PM) Jan. 29 (1:30PM)
A story of a couple who is about to get married with their families getting so excited to the point that their parents start to meddle with the wedding plans. The bride’s mother, insists on holding the wedding at a ritzy hotel in Beijing whereas the groom’s father, being the director of a cooperative in a rural village, feels indebted to the community, wants to share the wedding to the whole village. The couple are getting in between as conflicts arise between the in-laws. This film is a funny portrayal of the clash of cultures between the city and country side.
Jan. 20 (1:00PM) Jan. 23 (1:30PM) Jan. 25 (6:00PM) Jan. 26 (3:30PM) Jan. 29 (3:30PM)
Chow Yun-Fat stars as the Chinese thinker and social philosopher in this biopic detailing the hardships and sufferings he endured and the principles he fervently kept which became the foundation of China’s ethics, morality and law. He was nominated for Best Actor at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. Other nominations include Best Cinematography, Art Design,Costume Design and Original Song.
Jan. 21 (3:30PM) Jan. 22 (5:30PM) Jan. 24 (6:30PM) Jan. 25 (3:30PM) Jan. 26 (7:30PM) Jan. 27 (3:30PM)
Bodyguards and Assassins
In 1905, Hongkong was under the British rule and revolution was on the rise. Sun Yat-Sen was set to land in Hong Kong to meet and to unify faction leaders to finally take down the corrupt and crumbling Qing Dynasty. Because of this, Dowager Cixi wanted Sun Yat-Sen assassinated. For the Chinese people who had been clamouring for freedom, they understood that keeping Sun Yat-Sen alive would mean keeping China’s hope to be liberated. Li Yutang, a businessman, gathered a tofu vendor, rickshaw pullers, a beggar and an orphan to serve as bodyguards. These bodyguards displayed their superb fighting skills as they battle it out with the assassins to protect Sun Yat-Sen,whom they haven’t even met. This action-historical movie garnered numerous awards from the 4th Asian Film Awards,29th Hongkong Film Awards,16th Hongkong Film Critics Society Awards and 47th Golden Horse Awards.
Jan. 21 (6:00PM) Jan. 22 (8:00PM) Jan. 23 (3:30PM) Jan. 24 (1:30PM) Jan. 27 (8:00PM) Jan. 28 (&:30PM) Jan. 29 (5:30PM)
The King of Milu Deer
This 3D animated movie focuses on environment protection. It is a story of a white deer, Yoyo, who turned into a lady and made friends with Tzan-the prince of Kingdom of Clouds and Dreams. Tzan was ordered by the minister to search the Labyrinth Mountain to hunt for the Milu Deer to use it as a sacrifice to bring rains in the kingdom. But Tzan discovered the beauty of the Labyrinth Mountain and got closer to Yoyo. Together, they fought sea lizard monsters, fire,soldiers, and the evil Minister to save the wildlife and natural resources of the Labyrinth Mountain. This movie became the highest grossing Chinese Animated film of all time and received the Best Animated Film award at the 13th Huabiao Awards.
I could not find the trailer on YouTube but you can watch the it here.
Jan. 22 (3:30PM) Jan. 24 (9:00PM) Jan. 25 (1:30PM) Jan. 26 (5:30PM) Jan. 28 (1:30PM)
OTHER ACTIVITIES (2nd Floor, Grand Atrium)
Chinese Painting Exhibit by the Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students
Chinese Painting Workshops by Mr. Caesar Cheng and the Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students
This year’s festival was made possible in partnership with Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza, and is sponsored by Credit Suisse, Ateneo de Davao University, Sacred Heart School, University of Cebu, Richwell Trading, Autism Society Philippines, FortMED Medical Clinics, Jesuit Communications, Monster Radio RX93.1, Mellow 94.7, Flexo Manufacturing Corporation, 1st Estan Trading Co., Philippine Pudhai Fraternity, Long Hiat Hometown Association, Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran Inc., Asian Dragon Magazine and China Business Magazine.
For other information please call Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at: 426-6001 local 5208-5209; 5280. For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at 633-2227.
You can also visit http://ateneo-celadon.org/
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