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Want to celebrate Chinese New Year extra special this 2019? You might want to check out the 13th Spring Film Festival happening on January 30 to February 5.

Organized by the Ateneo Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies and Ateneo Celadon, the official Chinese-Filipino organization of the Ateneo de Manila University, the 13th Spring Film Festival welcomes the Year of the Pig through various activities like painting workshops, musical events, and of course film showing featuring Chinese movies.

The gala night happening on January 30 features a Chinese painting exhibit, fashion show, and of course, a dragon and lion dance performance. Our Time Will Come, critically acclaimed war movie by Ann Hui, will be the opening film of the festival.

Aside from the opening film, here are the other Chinese movies that you need to check out at the 13th Spring Films Festival:

I Belonged To You (2016)

Based on the bestselling series of short stories by Chinese writer Zhang Jiajia, I Belonged To You revolves around two radio hosts as they find their audience reflects their own love and heartbreak.

Lost in White (2016)

Lost in White is the directorial debut of cinematographer Xu Wei. It takes places in the northeast of China,a dead body was found in the frozen river. It follows two detectives, Detective Zhou Peng, and Wang Hao as they search for the perpetrator.

Detective Chinatown (2015)

After failing to become a cop, a mystery enthusiast travels to Bangkok where he and an energetic distant relative must solve a murder case. The film is directed by Sicheng Chen.

The Third Way of Love (2015)

This Chinese romance film directed by John H. Lee is one of the most popular Chinese films from 2015. It tells the love story of  sharp heir Lin Qi Zheng (Song Seung-Heon) and intelligent lawyer Zhou Yu (Liu Yifei).

A Tale of Three Cities (2015)

A Chinese-Hong Kong war romance film directed by Mabel Cheung is about the real life love story of Jackie Chan’s parents Charles and Lee-Lee Chan. The two met in Wuhu during the Second Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s.

Lost in Hong Kong (2015)

Lost in Hong Kong follows a former artist named Xu Lai whose life revolves around his family. His hopes are dashed when he finds himself wrapped up in a murder investigation.

The 13th Spring Film Festival is on January 30 to February 5 at the Shangri-la Plaza in Mandaluyong.


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