Rediscover Chinese Cinema With These 5 Films at the 13th Spring Film Festival
by Jace Amodo, January 18, 2019 9:00am
Art by Dani Elevazo
One of the most anticipated galas in the Chinese-Filipino community, the Chinese Spring Film Festival, is coming back this year with yet another stellar lineup of films and activities. It'll continue its goal to promote Chinese language and culture in mainstream Philippine society, particularly among young Filipinos.
In contrast to the expansion of the 12th Chinese Spring Film Festival, this year's inception will be exclusive in Manila. The annual film festival will run from January 30 to February 5 at the Red Carpet at Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.
For this edition, the film selection includes seven full-length feature films covering a variety of genres from comedy to drama to crime—a mix that will surely delight all types of audiences.
I Belonged To You《从你的全世界路过》(2016)
Genre: Art House & International, Romance
Directed by Zhang Yibai
The film, packed with gorgeous shots of urban life, follows the intersecting lives of two radio disc jockeys as they find love in the big city.
Lost in White《冰河追凶》(2016)
Directed by Xu Wei
When a dead body is pulled out of an icy river, detectives Zhou Peng and Wang Hao descend in an investigation, only to be greeted by a much more complicated truth.
Directed by Chen Sicheng
A police college reject teams up with a distant relative to solve a murder case. A crowd hit, this eclectic genre-mash up takes viewers through a wild tour of Bangkok, filled with zany characters and cheeky one-liners.
The Third Way of Love《第三種愛情》(2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed by John H. Lee
The tale of two star-crossed lovers: the sharp and mysterious heir Lin Qi Zheng (Song Seung-Heon) and the intelligent lawyer Zhou Yu (Liu Yifei, who will also play the title role in Disney's upcoming Mulan).
A Tale of Three Cities《三城记》(2015)
Directed by Mabel Cheung
After meeting in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s and getting separated by the turmoil of the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, Charles and Lee-Lee Chan must find their way back together again. This romantic period piece is the true story of how Jackie Chan's parents met.
The 13th Chinese Spring Film Festival is hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and Ateneo’s premiere Chinese organization, Ateneo Celadon, to bring forth the joys and showcase the artistry of Chinese film culture.
With this opportunity to watch and discover various Chinese cinema gems, we are betting it will be a festival to remember. Admission is free on a first-come, first served basis. And if you're wondering: yes, all the films come with English subtitles!
For more information, visit the Spring Film Festival on Facebook.