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January 15, 2014

8th Spring Film Festival in Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Now on its eighth year, the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, together with Confucius Institute and Credit Suisse, with the cooperation of Ateneo Celadon and Shangri-La Plaza, once again brings you the Spring Film Festival this January 24 to February 2, 2014.

The festival is organized every year to promote Chinese culture in the mainstream Philippine society, particularly among young Filipinos so that they may become bridges between the Philippines and China. This year’s festival features 8 movies that are close to Filipinos hearts. The offerings for this year include romantic comedy, family drama, historical action drama, suspense, romantic drama, and Parkour action films.
Admission is free.

Running Time: 135 minutes
Tangshan, 1976, two seven-year-old twin children are buried under the rubble of the devastating earthquake. The rescue team explains to their mother, Li Yuanni that freeing either child will almost certainly result in the death of the other. She is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life and must choose between her children...Li Yuanni has no idea that her decision is overheard by her daughter Fang Deng, the female twin. Although she has been left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives for several more days before being pulled clear by another rescue team who believe that she is simply a corpse. She wakes up in the pouring rain next to the dead body of her father. Suffering from the emotional shocks of the disaster and the painful memory of her mother's choice, Fang Deng refuses to reveal her identity. She is adopted by a middle-aged Chinese couple and years later moves to Canada to marry. Shadowed by the traumatic experiences of the earthquake and devastated by her mother's decision to abandon her, she continues to be emotionally withdrawn throughout her adult years.
Starring: Zhang Jingchu, Chen Daoming, Lu Yi, Xu Fan, Zhang Guoqiang, Li Chen
Directed by Feng Xiaogang

1911 Revolution
Running Time: 125 minutes
As the country enters the new century, China is facing a crisis. Two warring factions have emerged, starvation amongst the citizens is rampant and political reforms have made matters worse. The seven year old Emperor and his mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), are out of sync with people’s needs after 250 years of total power. As Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) arrives from his studies on modern warfare in Japan, he finds himself picking up his sword to lead a rebellion against the powerful Qing Dynasty and the New Army.
Starring: Jackie Chan, Winston Chao, Li Bingbing
Director: Zhang Li, Jackie Chan

Snowfall in Taipei
Running Time: 90 Minutes
May, a woman singer from the mainland of China, suddenly lost her voice and had conflicts with Ah Lei, her producer and secret lover. In anger she came to Old Town of Jingtong where she met Xiao Mo, a warmhearted man. Xia mo helped May to find a dwelling place, and introduced her to work at local restaurant. Thanks to their constant contacts, they left good impressions with each other. May found happiness and consolation from the old streets of the small town, and her voice was getting better and better. However May still left her heart at another place. Gradually Xiao Mo understood that when one deliberately disappeared, one wanted to be looked for by others. Along with the sudden appearance of Jack, a muckraking journalist, the situation began to develop towards the uncontrolled direction.
Starring: Chen Bailin, Tong Yao
Director: Huo Jianqi

Let’s Fall in Love
Running Time: 90 minutes
Tan Momo, who showed his natural gift in music in his childhood, entered the conversation of Music to learn to play Guqin (seven stringed plucked instrument) smoothly. His teacher placed great hopes on him and his girlfriend Xia Fei had the greatest esteem for him. Upon their graduation, Momo, Xia Fei and other young people who cherished dreams finally walked out the campus and began to experience the ups and downs in real life. While in front of conflicts between their ideals and family relation, love and morality, what would they choose.
Starring: Wang Quanyou, Yuan Jiabao, Xu Zifei, Guan Shaozeng , Xiahou Qiyu, Zhang Jue, Liu Weisen
Director: Pu Sheng

Thei-Go King and His Son
Running Time: 95 minutes
Liu Yishou, an amateur Go player, is called by his friends “the King of Go”. Liu Yishou has been laid off quite a long time ago and now, with no other skills to make a living, teaches Go in humble training course for children. Life has been hard, and his wife has decided to divorce him. His young son, Xiaochuan, has chosen to stay with him through his difficulties. On an unexpected occasion, Xiaochuan displayed an amazing talent for Go, and his father support him to further develop his gift for the game. They confronted challenges, but with courage, persistence and profound love between father and his son, they eventually arrived at the destination towards which they were heading.
Starring: Sun Song, Wang Chengyang
Director: Zhou Wei

Li Mi Conjecture
Running Time: 95 minutes
Due to the intervention of her parents, taxi driver girl Li Mi had a break up with her long-term boyfriend, Fang Wen, who had disappeared from her life yet seemed to remain connected. For four years, Li Mi had continued to search for his whereabouts in a constant tug-of-war between hope and despair. An eerie murder was witnessed, leading her to a man nearly identical to her missing lover. Could he be the one she has been looking for? Her life suddenly changes. Then come the terrible yet pitiful drug dealers, and irascible but highly duteous police detectives… Behind the cascade of mysteries, compromises lie still between those who were once in love…
Starring: Zhou Xun, Deng Chao, Zhang Hanyu
Director: Cao Baoping

Where Is My Home?
Running Time: 95 minutes
Mrs. Geng is a simple mother who raised two children on her town. Her son made his way to the city and offers to have her come live with him and his family. Despite the improved material conditions of the city, Mrs. Geng cannot help feeling isolated and lonely. It takes some time for her children to understand how she feels, and they rebuild their family’s affection.
Starring: Yuan Lu, Fengbin Wang
Director: Misheng He

City Monkey
Running Time: 90 minutes
He Zhiping is a senior student in high school who lives in a big old Beijing hutong yard with his mother and grandmother. He loves parkour, an extremely dangerous sport in most people’s eyes. With his good psychology and physique, he becomes the star player of “City Monkey” parkour club. But his mother strongly disapproves it and hopes he could focus only on his entrance exams to university. Clashes of different concepts, rebellion of the youth, and persistence to the ideal are unavoidable problems for them. What would the two generations do?

The screening schedule is as follows:
Jan. 24 12:00 PM - Thei-Go King and His Son
Friday 2:30 PM - 1911 Revolution

Jan. 25 12:15 PM - Where is My Home
2:30 PM - 1911 Revolution
5:00 PM - Li Mi Conjecture
7:30 PM - Aftershock

Jan. 26 12:00 PM - Aftershock
2:45 PM - Thei-Go King and His Son
5:15 PM - 1911 Revolution
7:45 PM - Let's Fall in Love

Jan. 27 12:30 PM - Snowfall in Taipei
2:45 PM - City Monkey
4:45 PM - Where is My Home?
7:30 PM - Aftershock

Jan. 28 1:00 PM - Li Mi Conjecture
3:30 PM - Let's Fall in Love
5:30 PM - Where is My Home?
7:30 PM - 1911 Revolution

Jan. 29 12:45 PM - Li Mi Conjecture
3:30 PM - Snowfall in Taipei
5:45 PM Aftershock
8:00 PM Let's Fall in Love

Jan. 30 1:00 PM City Monkey
3:00 PM - Thei-Go King and His Son
5:30 PM - 1911 Revolution
7:45 PM - Snowfall in Taipei

Jan. 31-12:30 PM - Aftershock
Friday 3:15 PM - City Monkey
5:15 PM - 1911 Revolution
7:45 PM - Where is My Home?

Feb. 1 12:30 PM - Li Mi Conjecture
Saturday 2:30 PM - 1911 Revolution
5:00 PM - Snowfall in Taipei
7:30 PM - Aftershock

Feb. 2 12:45 PM - City Monkey
Sunday 2:45 PM - Aftershock
5:30 PM - Let's Fall in Love
7:30 PM - 1911 Revolution

Featured events of the 2014 Spring Festival:
Chinese Painting Exhibit- on display is the latest works of seasoned artists from the International Studies for Chinese Arts and the students of the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University Chinese Painting class. Started in 2009, this annual exhibit aims to promote Filipino-made Chinese paintings and to encourage the emergence of new talents that will continue the rich legacy of the ancient art in the Philippines. The exhibit will be at the East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from January 24 to Feb 6, 2014.

Chinese Painting & Crafts Workshops
February 1, 2014, 2-4PM
Sponsors of the 8th Spring Film Festival include: Cultural Division of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Film Development Council of the Philippines, Limketkai Center, ChaTime, CitisecOnline Financial, Flexo Manufacturing Corporation, Lyric Piano, First Estan Trading, Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan University, Ateneo de Davao University, University of San Carlos, Ateneo de Ilo-ilo- Santa Maria Catholic School, Business World, Parkour Philippines, BusinessWorld, Chinese Filipino Business Club, The Philippine Star and Chinoy TV.

Contact Details:
For tickets, please call Shang Cineplex at (63 2) 633-2227 or (63 2) 633-4735.
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

Friday January 24, 2014 - Sunday February 2, 2014

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