The SPOT.ph Guide to the 9th Spring Film Festival From February 13 to 22 at Shang Cineplex

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

(SPOT.ph) Skip the day for lovers and celebrate something bigger: Chinese heritage and culture. The 9th Spring Film Festival opens on February 13 to 22 at the Shang Cineplex, featuring the works of acclaimed directors Chen Kaige and Wong Kar Wai...for free!

 

Check out the six films you can catch in the festival:

 

 

Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit

It’s like Kung Fu Panda...but with rabbit named Tu, who clumsily falls into the role of hero. The film also features a panda, but the panda is the baddie. There’s probably going to be a funny training montage, too!

Screenings:

February 13 - 2:30 p.m.
February 14 - 12:30 p.m.
February 16 - 3:30 p.m.
February 17 - 6 p.m.
February 18 - 8 p.m.
February 21 - 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Love Deposit

So there’s this "Bank of Love" and, one can guess from the title, lovers deposit video messages for each other. The tapes (remember those?) are stored for a year and will be destroyed in the event of a breakup. Owner He Muyang (Xia Yu) is thrust into a strange romance when a woman named Yu Xiaoyu (Zhou Hong) swings by to retrieve her boyfriend’s deposit for her.

Screenings:

February 13 - 4:30 p.m.
February 15 - 8 p.m.
February 17 - 3:30 p.m.
February 18 - 1 p.m.
February 20 - 5:30 p.m.
February 21 - 1 p.m.

 

 

Sunlight on Fingertips

The film follows the lives of siblings Shi Xiaohe and Shi Xiaoyu in their quest to be reunited with their parents, both of whom have to work in the city. With sunglight in the title, this can only be heartwarming and relatable.

Screenings:

February 13 - 12:30 p.m.
February 15 - 3:30 p.m.
February 17 - 8 p.m.
February 19 - 6 p.m.
February 20 - 3:30 p.m.
February 21 - 8 p.m.
February 22 - 6 p.m.

 

 

Beijing Blues

In this film, there’s a couple who earns a living by throwing their children on the street to get hit by cars. Yep. Director Gao Qunshu shows you just how mean the streets of Beijing can get-and at the heart of it, what a good man can do to affect it.

Screenings:

February 14 - 3 p.m.
February 15 - 5:30 p.m.
February 16 - 1 p.m.
February 18 - 5:30 p.m.
February 19 - 1 p.m.
February 21 - 5:30 p.m.
February 22 - 8 p.m.

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The Grandmaster

Three things: Wong Kar Wai. Zhang Ziyi. Tony Leung. The Grandmaster is the retelling of Ip Man’s life, from the movie Ip Man. All that kung fu with even more flair!

Screenings:

February 14 - 5:30 p.m.
February 15 - 1 p.m.
February 16 - 8 p.m.
February 18 - 3 p.m.
February 19 - 3:30 p.m.
February 20 - 8 p.m.
February 22 - 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Caught in the Web

...because apparently, the people being attacked in nasty viral videos have feelings and lives. Chen Kaige attempts to depict the dynamics of cyberbullying in all of its complexity and show us how removed we feel from the viciousness we spew out in the Internet.

Screenings:

February 14 - 8 p.m.
February 16 - 5:30 p.m.
February 17 - 1 p.m.
February 19 - 8 p.m.
February 20 - 1 p.m.
February 22 - 1 p.m.

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