Thursday, January 19, 2012

Watch the 6th Spring Film Festival FREE

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the 
6th Spring Film Festival

Come and partake in the celebration of Chinese New Year with FREE Admission to the 6th Spring Film Festival brought to us by Ateneo de Manila University (Ricardo Leong for Chinese studies, Celadon, and Confucious Insitute.

Enjoy 6 (six) carefully chosen films, such as Ocean Heaven, staring Jet Li on a dramatic role, Lost on Journey, Country Wedding, Confucius starring Chow Yun Fat, King of Milu Deer, the biggest 3D movie made in China and Bodyguards and Assassins, featuring a wide array of famous actors from Hong Kong and China.

Ocean Heaven

Ocean Heaven is a family drama which features 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. 

Fans of Jet Li will definitely be surprised to see him in this movie because this is the first to cast Li in a non-kung-fu film where he won 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, celebral palsy and other disorders.

 Lost on Journey

Lost on Journey is a comedy film 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.


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 will put all things to order. His wisdom was sought by different dynasty leaders but only to be abandoned after he dutifully served his purpose. The world knows so much of his teachings, 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.

Country Wedding

Country Wedding tells a story of a couple who is about to get married with their families getting so excited to the point that their parents started 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.

 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 of the 13th Huabiao Awards.

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.

Schedule of Screening is as follows:

Jan. 20 (Opening night by invitation only.)
  • Country Wedding - 1PM
  • Lost on Journey - 3PM
  • GALA - 6PM
  • Ocean Heaven - 7PM
Jan. 21
  • Lost on Journey - 1:30PM
  • Confucius - 3:30PM
  • Bodyguards and Assassins - 6PM
  • Ocean Heaven - 9PM
Jan. 22
  • Ocean Heaven - 1:30PM
  • The King of Milu Deer - 3:30PM
  • Confucius - 5:30PM
  • Bodyguards and Assassins - 8PM
Jan. 23
  • Country Weddeing - 1:30PM
  • Bodyguards and Assassins - 3:30PM
  • Ocean Heaven - 6:30PM
  • Lost on Journey - 8:30PM
Jan. 24
  • Bodyguards and Assassins - 1:30PM
  • Lost on Journey - 4:30PM
  • Conficius - 6:30PM
  • The King of Milu Deer - 9PM
Jan. 25
  • The King of Milu Deer - 1:30PM
  • Confucius - 3:30PM
  • Ocean Heaven - 6PM
  • Country Wedding - 8PM
Jan. 26
  • Lost on Journey - 1:30PM
  • Country Wedding - 3:30PM
  • The King of Milu Deer - 5:30PM
  • Confucius - 7:30PM
Jan. 27
  • Ocean Heaven - 1:30PM
  • Lost on Journey - 3:30PM
  • Confucius - 5:30PM
  • Bodyguards and Assassins - 8PM
Jan. 28
  • The King of Milu Deer - 1:30PM
  • Ocean Heaven - 3:30PM
  • Lost on Journey - 5:30PM
  • Confucius - 7:30PM
Jan. 29
  • Lost on Journey - 1:30PM
  • Country Wedding - 3:30PM
  • Bodyguards and Assassins - 5:30PM
  • Ocean Heaven - 8:30PM
Come and Watch at the 6th Spring Film Festival, enjoy the best in Chinese films on the screen, with proper and correct English subtitles provided.  Be there at least 30 mins. before showing.  Seats are on a first come first serve basis.  For more info please visit

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