Immerse in Cinematic Splendor: Shangri-La's 18th Spring Film Festival Showcases Today's Best Chinese Films


Welcome the new year with a cinematic flourish as Shangri-La Plaza, the Philippines' cinematic hub, gears up for the 18th Spring Film Festival. From January 23 to 30, the Red Carpet Cinema will come alive with a spectacular lineup of films, cultural events, and partnerships, making it an unmissable experience for cinephiles and culture enthusiasts alike.

Cultural Exchange Beyond Borders

In collaboration with the Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Ateneo Celadon, and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Shangri-La Plaza presents the 18th Spring Film Festival in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. This event goes beyond being a mere film festival; it's a profound cultural exchange, offering Filipinos a window into the richness of Chinese culture and the vastness of one of the world's largest film industries.

Film Highlights

Immerse yourself in the gripping narrative of "The Captain" directed by acclaimed Hong Kong director Andrew Lau. Based on a real-life incident, this action thriller follows the heroic efforts of a captain played by the award-winning Zhang Hanyu as he faces a mid-air crisis.

Experience the touching story of "Looking Up" directed by veteran Chinese actor Deng Chao, which explores the enduring bond between an astronaut and his father. This heartrending film has received acclaim at prestigious international film festivals.

"White Snake", an animated Sino-US co-production by Amp Wong and Zhao Ji, takes viewers on a fantastical journey based on a popular Chinese folk tale. The film explores the challenges faced by star-crossed lovers as a magical transformation tests the strength of their love.

Delve into the mystical world of "Legend of the Demon Cat" by influential Chinese auteur Chen Kaige. This film follows a poet and a monk as they investigate the death of the emperor’s concubine, adding an element of fantasy with the appearance of a demon cat.

Thriller enthusiasts will be captivated by "Full River Red" a period film by award-winning director Zhang Yimou. Set in the Southern Song dynasty, this dark comedy explores themes of betrayal and patriotism against the backdrop of a murder mystery.

The festival concludes with the riveting disaster film "The Bravest" directed by Tony Chan. Starring Huang Xiaoming, the film depicts the harrowing efforts of Chinese firefighters battling a massive fire after an oil pipeline explosion, drawing inspiration from a real-life incident.

Beyond the Screen

The 18th Spring Film Festival offers more than just film screenings. Join the Chinese Painting Workshop on January 27 at the Grand Atrium, led by Master Fidel M. Sarmiento, President of the Art Association of the Philippines. Additionally, an exhibit featuring intricately crafted fans and scrolls will adorn the venue.

Visit the East Atrium for "Nihao, China," a photo exhibit organized by the Embassy of China in the Philippines and Chinatown TV. Running throughout the festival, it showcases iconic landmarks, Chinese New Year celebrations, and zodiac predictions for the Year of the Dragon.

Embark on a cultural odyssey and indulge in the wonders of Chinese cinema at the 18th Spring Film Festival from January 23 to 30 at Shangri-La Plaza. Stay updated by following Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook and Instagram (@shangrilaplazaofficial). Don't miss this enriching experience that promises to captivate hearts and minds alike.