In time with the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese Moon Festival, SM Cinema is hosting the Chinese Film Festival in select branches from September 5 to September 9. This partnership between the Chinese Embassy of the Philippines and SM Cinema aims to promote cultural understanding between China and the Philippines.
The free screenings showcase innovative Chinese films of high artistic value that gears towards Filipinos’ understanding of Chinese cultural diversity and heritage. The Chinese Film Festival will be showcased in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM San Lazaro and SM Manila.
The premiere, attended by representatives from the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. was highlighted by a presentation of the Angeles University Concert Chorus, who flawlessly performed traditional and contemporary Chinese songs.
Among the award winning films to be shown are:
Back to 1942 (winner, International Rome Film Festival, HK Awards): A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China’s Henan province during the war against Japan. ( synopsis from imdb)
Caught in the Web: A young woman is victimized by a massive viral internet campaign.
The Grandmaster (winner, 50th Golden Horse Awards, 33rd HK Film Awards: The story of martial arts master Ip Man, who trained Bruce Lee. The film stars Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung. (synopsis from imdb)
Say Yes: A romance fantasy based on the Japanese drama 101st Marriage Proposal.
Full Circle: Lao Ge prepares to enter a retirement home with a suitcase, a picture of his wife and a potted plant. He’s had a difficult 20 years with his estranged son, who has recently married. Lao Ge leaves his son with 200,000 yuan to pay the downpayment on an apartment. At the retirement home, Lao Ge’s friend Lao Chou, who has bladder cancer, prepares for a concert in Tienjin.(asianwiki)
Little Big Soldier: Written, starred and produced by Jackie Chan, about an old soldier kidnaps a young general of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward. The film also stars Taiwanese superstar Wang Leehom. (imdb)
Aftershock: A mother’s choice shapes the lives of her children after the Great Tangshan Earthquake that struck China in 1976.