Wednesday, September 03, 2014

SM Cinema will be hosting Chinese Film Festival 2014 from September 5 to 9, 2014. Four branches will be participating in the festival: Megamall, North Edsa, San Lazaro, and Manila.

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

Back to 1942

Director: Feng Xiaogang

Starring: Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Li Xuejian, Zhang Hanyu, Fan Wei

Running Time: 146 Minutes

A North Henan landlord embarks on a pilgrimage to Shaanxi province during the 1942 famine, struggling to survive as war with Japan looms on the horizon. Meanwhile, the Japanese government attempts to turn the Chinese people away from their government by offering them sustenance, and the Chinese government finds themselves forced to choose between feeding their troops or the masses.

The film won the A.I.C. Award for Best Cinematography and the Golden Butterfly Award during its premiere at the International Rome Film Festival in November 2012. It also won the Best Film of Mainland and Taiwan at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards in 2013.

Caught in the Web

Director: Chen Kaige

Starring: Gao Yuanyuan, Wang Luodan, Yao Chen, Chen Hong

Running Time: 122 Minutes

The story begins on a bus, when white-collar worker Ye refuses to give up her seat to a senior citizen. Her defiance is videotaped by a journalist intern and played during a news show. The video sparks intense debate on and off the Internet. Some Internet users search for Ye’s personal information and post it all online. The issue soon brings tremendous changes to the families of both the journalist intern and Ye’s boss.

The Grandmaster

Director: Wong Kar-eai

Starring: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Song Hye-kyo

Running Time: 130 Minutes

The film chronicles the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man from the 1930s in Foshan, his flight to Hong Kong after the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the events leading to his death.

Say Yes

Director: Leste Chen

Starring: Huang Bo, Lin Chi-ling, Qin Hailu, Gao Godfrey

Running Time: 101 Minutes

Star cellist Yeh Shun (Lin Chi-ling) is set up by her best friend, bridal dress-shop owner Taozi (Qin Hailu), on a blind date with a rich businessman, Zhao (Wang Xun). By mistake, however, she meets blue-collar handyman Huang Da (Huang Bo), who is separately on a blind date to meet a woman called Tan (Chen Ran).

Full Circle

Director: Zhang Yang

Starring: Wu Tianming, Xu Huanshan, Yang Bingyan

Running Time: 111 Minutes

Production by: Beijing Forbidden City Film Studio

In a nursing home, Old Ge and other residents lived a life of boredom and mundaneness, until one day, his friend, Old Zhou, an optimistic, outgoing man with a generous heart and good sense of humor, joined them. Old Zhou started to organize his fellow elderly to participate in a television contest, awakening the courage and positive spirit long-buried inside them.


Director: Feng Xiaogang

Starring: Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Chen Daoming

Duration: 139 minutes

On a fateful night in the summer of 1976, Tangshan was hit by a powerful earthquakes, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. Li Yuanni’s twin son and daughter were buried under the rubble. Li discovers that if she is to save either of the children, the other must die. In despair, the mother made this difficult decision, and chose to save her son. However, unknown to Li, her daughter miraculously survived. After 32 years, the paths of the family members cross again after the Wenchuan Earthquakes, but will her daughter finally be able to forgive Li Yuanni?

Little Big Soldier

Director: Ding Sheng

Starring: Jackie Chan, Leehom Wang, Yoo Seung-Jun

Running Time: 96 Minutes

In 3rd century B.C., China was divided into scores of states. Warlords scrambled for territories and great turmoil prevailed. Two of these states were fighting against each other. Both armies were annihilated. Only two men survived this bloodbath — a low-ranked, unnamed Liang soldier and a young, brave Wei general. The unnamed Liang soldier wished nothing but live in peace and till on a piece of land of his own, while the young ambitious Wei general attempted to unify China one day and become the king. Which of them would fulfill their dream?

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