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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

6th Spring Film Festival@ Shangri-La Edsa Plaza

Shangri-La Plaza together with Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Ateneo Celadon and Credit Suisse once again stage the Spring Film Festival to help and encourage the Filipino youth understand and appreciate Chinese culture.

This year’s festival will be offered free to the general public. Schools are welcome to bring their students for block screenings on a first-come, first-served basis.

Through the  Cultural Office of the People’s Republic of China, the 6th Spring Film Festival features six(6) films that cater to different age groups and audiences.

Here are the synopses of the featured films:
Ocean Heaven – Ocean Heaven is a family drama which features a father- Sam Wong (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. 

Fans of Jet Li will definitely be surprised to see him in this non-Kungfu movie; this role won him the 2010 Wen Zhang Best Actor Award. The movie was also recognized by the Shanghai Media Awards, CCTV Movie Channel Media Awards 2010 and Golden Goblet Award. In July 2011, Li even named one of his charity projects as Ocean Heaven Project to help children with autism, cerebral palsy and other disorders.
Lost on Journey – A comedy film narrating Li Chenggong’s travel home, as he encounters a series of unfortunate incidents, 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 relatives 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 a stroke of bad luck brings two different worlds together.
Country Wedding- Tells the story of a couple about to get married. With their respective families getting so excited, their parents start to meddle with their wedding preparations. The bride’s mother insists on holding the wedding at a ritzy hotel in Beijing Central, the groom’s father, being the director of a cooperative in a rural village, feels indebted to the community, and wants to share the wedding with the whole village. The couple gets caught in between conflicting would-be in-laws. This film is a funny portrayal of the clash of cultures between the city and country side.
Confucius – Confucius, known as the “Great Sage”, lived during the time when China’s dynasties were in chaos and engulfed by corruption and greed. He strongly believed that ethics and education would put all things to order. His wisdom was sought by different dynasty leaders but he was abandoned after he dutifully served his purpose. The world knows so much of his teaching, but little is known of his hardships. This biographical drama shows the sufferings and pain Confucius endured and the principles he fervently kept that became the foundation of China’s ethics, morality and law. Starring Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius, Nominated for Best Actor at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. Other nominations include Best Cinematography, Art Design, Costume Design and Original Song.
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 clamoring for freedom, they understood that protecting Sun Yat-Sen would mean keeping China’s liberation hopes alive. 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 battled it out with the assassins to protect Sun Yat-Sen, whom they hadn’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. 
King of Milu Deer- This 3D animation movie focuses on protection of the environment. 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 of the 13th Huabiao Awards.

Movie Schedule:

January 20, 2012 (Friday)
Country Wedding 1:00PM
Lost on Journey 3:00PM

January 21, 2012 (Saturday)
Lost on Journey 1:30PM
Confucius 3:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins 6:00PM
Ocean Heaven 9:00PM

January 22, 2012 (Sunday)
Ocean Heaven 1:30PM
The King of Milu Deer 3:30PM
Confucius 5:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins 8:00PM

January 23, 2012 (Monday)
Country Wedding 1:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins 3:30PM
Ocean Heaven 6:30PM
Lost on Journey 8:30PM

January 24, 2012 (Tuesday)
Bodyguards & Assassins 1:30PM
Lost on Journey 4:30PM
Confucius 6:30PM
The King of Milu Deer 9:00PM

January 25, 2012 (Wednesday)
The King of Milu Deer 1:30PM
Confucius 3:30PM
Country Wedding 6:00PM
Ocean Heaven 8:00PM

January 26, 2012 (Thursday)
Lost on Journey 1:30PM
Country Wedding 3:30PM
The King of Milu Deer 5:30PM
Confucius 7:30PM

January 27, 2012 (Friday)
Ocean Heaven 1:30PM
Confucius 3:30PM
Lost on Journey 5:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins 8:00PM

January 28, 2012 (Saturday)
The King of Milu Deer 1:30PM
Ocean Heaven 3:30PM
Lost on Journey 5:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins 7:30PM

January 29, 2012 (Sunday)
Lost on Journey 1:30PM
Country Wedding 3:30PM
Bodyguards & Assassins 5:30PM
Ocean Heaven 8:30PM

OTHER ACTIVITIES (2nd Floor, Grand Atrium)

January 20-29

Chinese Painting Exhibit by the Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students

January 22

Chinese Painting Workshops by Mr. Caesar Cheng and the Confucius Institute Chinese Painting Students

For more 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 local 113 or log in to Add Shangri-La Plaza on facebook: shangrilapalazaofficialfanpage

See you in the movies @ Shangri-La Edsa January 20-29, 2012. It's FREE!

Happy Chinese New Year!


Michi said...

good thing that it is free, there will be more people who will watch the film.

Gil Camporazo said...

I'm excited to watch Jet Li playing the role of a father in a movie drama, "Ocean Heaven." And also "Confucius" is what I like to see. But not of course, in Shangrila Plaza, EDSA, but when they are out in public in DVD.

Jonathan said...

I really recommend you guys go to this event. Ateneo Celadon holds numerous events that are really just great!

Sining Factory said...

I wanna watch Confucius. Ito ang mga tipo kong movies. :) Hope I can visit the film festival. tsk. :)

julie said...

I will definitely watch Confucius if I could but unfortunately, I cannot. These are good films and I hope people should watch.

sionee said...

I can't wait to see those movies!! galing ha! Milu deer, bodyguards and assassins and confucius...hopefully mapanuod namin.Thanks for this post!

Blair Villanueva said...

thanks for sharing! i will visit Shang next week

ralph said...

sayang naman layo ng shangri-la sa amin. will it be also shown in other cinemas? Yahweh bless.

JC said...

Wow, this is worth checking out!

Admin said...

i love jet li ! and also i want to watch confucius ... thanks for sharing this !

Anonymous said...

Sayang, di ako nakapunta. May exam kasi ako ng 10am din e. Mukang maganda yung special screening.

crumpylicious blog said...

too bad we didn't have a chance to watch this

Lady Patchy said...

I love to watch Chinese Movie ,there is some style that only the chinese movie maker can do .kakaiba . i am not Chinese but we grew up with chinese culture as my dad was kinda adopted son of his chinese employer who gave us everything we needed like house ,schooling and any financial aid.

Bien Nonoy said...

not really into Chinese or Korean movies.

Pinoy MD said...

wooooow! super nice coz it'll be free! :D

if given an opportunity to watch one from listed above, ill first watch Ocean Heaven.. bet ko, nice ang yung Country Wedding..if you didn't mention that it is a funny story, i can't confirm myself that it really is.. :D am not sure if i could watch Confucius and Bodyguards and Assassins - di ako masyadong nanonood ng mga films na may sakitan sa isa't-isa, of course, i'd surely catch Milu Deer..sana sa 3D talaga ipapalabas.. :D


Anonymous said...

Finaly, I reach your site. I think Chinese film maker are genius and can creat genuine film. Whether it's not translated in English or Filipino still Filipino viewers watch it. How much more if it's free? Jenny xxx

chino said...

Lost on Journey looks interesting to me.

Anonymous said...

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Thanks! for The Great Movies!!! Different Stories Very Interesting.. = )

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