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The Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies, Xavier University and Limketkai Center will be bringing the 8th Spring Film Festival to Cagayan de Oro City on January 30, 2014 at Limketkai Mall.

The festival is organized to promote Chinese culture in the mainstream Philippine society and this edition will feature eight (8) films. ADMISSION IS FREE. See the films’ synopsis below with a few trailers.

AFTERSHOCK

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Tangshan, 1976. Two seven-year-old twin children are buried under the rubble of the devastating earthquake. The rescue team explains to their mother, Li Yuanni that freeing either child will almost certainly result in the death of the other. She is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life and must choose between her children. Li Yuanni has no idea that her decision is overheard by her daughter Fang Deng, the female twin. Although she has been left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives for several more days before being pulled clear by another rescue team who believe that she is simply a corpse. She wakes up in the pouring rain next to the dead body of her father. Suffering from the emotional shocks of the disaster and the painful memory of her mother’s choice, Fang Deng refuses to reveal her identity. She is adopted by a middle-aged Chinese couple and years later moves to Canada to marry. Shadowed by the traumatic experiences of the earthquake and devastated by her mother’s decision to abandon her, she continues to be emotionally withdrawn throughout her adult years.

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LETS FALL IN LOVE

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Tan Momo, who showed his natural gift in music in his childhood, entered the Conservatory of Music to learn to play Guqin (seven-stringed plucked instrument) smoothly. His teacher placed great hopes on him and his girlfriend Xia Fei had the greatest esteem for him. Upon their graduation, Momo, Xia Fei and other young people with cherished dreams finally walked out of the campus and began to experience the ups and downs in real life. While in front of conflicts between their ideals and family relation, love and morality, what would they choose?

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1911 REVOLUTION

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As the country enters the new century, China is facing a crisis. Two warring factions have emerged, starvation among the citizens is rampant and political reforms have made matters worse. The seven year old Emperor and his mother, Empress Dowager Longyu (Joan Chen), are out of sync with people’s needs after 250 years of total power. As Huang Xing (Jackie Chan) arrives from his studies on modern warfare in Japan, he finds himself picking up his sword to lead a rebellion against the powerful Qing Dynasty and the New Army.

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SNOWFALL IN TAIPEI

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May, a singer from mainland China, suddenly lost her voice and had conflicts with Ah Lei, her producer and secret lover. In anger, she came to Old Town of Jingtong where she met Xiao Mo, a warmhearted man. Xiao Mo helped May find a dwelling place, and introduced her to work at a local restaurant. Thanks to their constant contacts, they made a good impression with each other. May found happiness and consolation from the old streets of the small town, and her voice was getting better and better. However, May had left her heart at another place. Gradually, Xiao Mo understood that when one deliberately disappears, one wants to be looked for by others. Along with a sudden appearance of Jack, a muckraking journalist, the situation began to develop towards the uncontrolled direction.

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THEI-GO KING AND HIS SON

Liu Yishou, an amateur GO (a Chinese board game) player, is called by his friends “the King of GO”. Liu Yishou has been laid off quite a long time ago and now, with no other skills to make a living, teaches GO in humble training course for children. Life has been hard, and his wife has decided to divorce him. His young son, Xiaochuan, has chosen to stay with him through his difficulties. On an unexpected occasion, Xiaochuan displays an amazing talent for GO, and his father supports him to further develop his gift for the game.

Li Mi Conjecture

Due to the intervention of her parents, taxi driver girl Li Mi breaks up with her long-term boyfriend, Fang Wen, who had disappeared. For four years, Li Mi searched for him and faced a constant tug-of-war between hope and despair. She witnessed an eerie murder, leading her to a man nearly identical to her missing lover. Could he be the one she has been looking for? Her life suddenly changes.

Where Is My Home?

Mrs. Geng is a simple mother who raised two children on her own. Her son makes his way to the city and offers to have her come live with him and his family. Despite the improved material conditions of the city, Mrs. Geng cannot help feeling isolated and lonely. It takes some time for her children to understand how she feels.

City Monkey

Beijing, the present day. Parkour-mad He Zhipeng (Sheng Chao), 19, lives in a traditional courtyard house in Dongbiao hutong with his mother, laundry worker Luo Sufang (Lu Liping), and grandmother Bai Shuzhen (Li Bin), onetime member of Tianqiao Acrobatic Theatre. A member of parkour team City Monkeys, Zhipeng has been neglecting his studies for his forthcoming university entrance exams, much to the distress of his mother, who walked out on her husband 10 years ago and has been struggling to raise her son on her own ever since. When she’s laid off at work, and then forbids Zhipeng to do any more parkour till he passes his exams, mother and son clash.

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