Film Festivals

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Director: George Miller
Writers: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.


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Film Festivals

Cine Europa 2013


Cine Europa 16 runs from September 5-15 at the Shang Cineplex. Admission is free. First-come, first serve basis.

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Cine Europa 16 schedules in other cities:

Cinematheque Baguio City –  September 17 – 22

Cinematheque Iloilo City – September 23 – 29

Ayala Center, Cebu City – October 4 – 6

Liceo de Cagayan University – October 10 – 13

Cinematheque Davao City – October 15 – 20

Film Festivals

Korean Film Festival 2013


Green Days

Voiced by Park Shin Hye, Song Chang-Ui, Oh Yeon-Seo

Yi-Rang is a track runner who quits running altogether out of fear of losing again, after falling behind in a race. A classmate named Chul-Soo resolves to help Yi-Rang find her way again. WATCH THE TRAILER


Lee Byung-hun, Ryu Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo

“One must not record that which he wishes to hide.” This was the journal entry of King Gwanghae in place of missing 15 days. Masquerade is a fictional interpretation of those days, where the king asks his secretary to look for a double to act as him. WATCH THE TRAILER


Yoo Ho-jeong, Jin Hee-kyung, Kang Sora

Chun-hwa’s dying wish is to meet her group of high school girlfriends, fondly called Sunny. Her friend Na-mi hires a private detective to trace the rest of the group and discover what their lives have become after they left school. WATCH THE TRAILER

A Werewolf Boy

Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young, Yo Yeon-seok

In the 60s, Suni meets Chul-soo, a feral boy who cannot read or speak and acts like a wild beast. She trains and tames him, and eventually they fall in love, but an envious Ji-tae wants them apart. WATCH THE TRAILER


Kim Myung-min, Moon Jung-hee, Kim Dong-wan

Jae-hyuk struggles to save his family, after they exhibit symptoms of being infected with parasitic horsehair worms. The infection affects the human brain, leading the victims to eat and thirst excessively until they jump into the river. WATCH THE TRAILER

Dancing Queen

Uhm Jung-hwa, Hwang Jung-min

Age is just a number in reaching for one’s dreams. Jung-min becomes an instant town hero and is urged to run for mayor in Seoul, while his wife Jung-hwa receives an offer which can help her pursue her goal of being a dancer. WATCH THE TRAILER



SM Megamall – September 18 – 22



SM City Iloilo – September 26 – 29 Click here for schedule

SM City Cebu – October 3 – 6 Click here for schedule

SM Lanang Premier – October 10 – 13 Click here for schedule


Film Festivals

Cinemalaya 2013


Now on its 9th year, Cinemalaya 2013 will run from July 26 to August 4, 2013 in CCP theaters, Trinoma, Greenbelt, and Alabang Town Center Cinemas.




Director: Cesar Evangelista
Cast: Althea Vega, Markki Stroem, Adrian Sebastian, and Ama Quiambao. Also starring: Mico Palanca, Kuya Manzano, Amante Pulido.

Set in 16th century, “Amor Y Muerte” (means “love and death”) is an examination of the initial encounter between the Indios (natives) and their colonizers (Spaniards) and their conflicting views on love, passion, religion, and sexuality. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Gil Portes
Cast: Alessandra de Rossi, Jan Harley Hicana, John Michael Bonapos, Cris Villanueva, Richard Quan, Jim Rocky Tangco, Sue Prado, Dax Alejandro, and Arnold Reyes

Based on a real-life sports scandal, “LIARS” traces the incredible rise and the humiliating fall of a humble Filipino baseball team of young boys in an international baseball competition in 1990s. WATCH THE TRAILER


Writer & Director: Jerrold Tarog
Cast: Paulo Avelino, Lovi Poe, Benjamin Alves, Ria Garcia, and TJ Trinidad

Sana Dati is a love story about a woman whose wedding is thrown into disarray when a mysterious person arrives and reminds her of the man she really loves. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Adolfo Alix Jr.
Cast: Angel Aquino, Carlo Aquino, Rosanna Roces, and Yul Servo

Porno is a powerful story about individuals linked by pornography. Three souls, one explicit illusion. To find the ultimate joy in their empty lives. A safe haven, where passion and love mean humanity, ecstasy means enlightenment; and the soul is the ultimate arbiter of the truth. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Cast: Vilma Santos, Marlon Rivera, Vincent de Jesus, Ruby Ruiz, Tart Carlo

A socio-realist drama-comedy film, which follows a seemingly usual day in the life of LOIDA MALABANAN as she embarks on yet another shooting day of a soap opera as an extra. As the shoot goes on, we get a glimpse of the truth in the ruling system of the production as well as the exploitation on the marginalized laborers like her. WATCH THE TRAILER




Writer & Director: Christopher Ad Castillo
Cast: Gretchen Barretto, Art Acuña, Mon Confiado, Joel Torre, Nico Antonio, Chanel Latorre, Abe Pagtama, Sarah Gaugler

A disgraced reporter seeks redemption by leading his documentary crew to spend one night and tell the story of what really happened at the haunted and infamous The Diplomat Hotel (Baguio City). WATCH THE TRAILER


Writer & Director: Hannah Espia
Cast: Ping Medina, Irma Adlawan, Mercedes Cabral, Marc Justine Alvarez, Jasmine Curtis-Smith

Transit begins and ends in an airport during a father and son’s transit flight from Tel Aviv to Manila.  It tells the story of Moises, a Filipino single-dad working as a caregiver in Herzliya, Israel, who comes home to his son Joshua’s 4th birthday.  It was on that day that Moises, together with their Filipino neighbors, Janet and her daughter Yael, find out that the Israeli government is going to deport children of foreign workers.  Afraid of the new law, Moises and Janet decide to hide their children from the immigration police by making them stay inside the house. WATCH THE TRAILER


Writer & Director: Joseph Israel Laban
Cast: Nadine Samonte, Jake Cuenca, Anita Linda, Manny Castañeda, Mikael Liwag, Barbara Miguel

Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, “Nuwebe” follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father… Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, “Siyam” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon to her age.  Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Mikhail Red
Cast: Ronnie Quizon, Suzette Ranillo, Earl Ignacio, Abe Pagtama, Mike Lloren, Joe Gruta, Belinda Mariano

Rekorder tells the story of a former 1980’s film cameraman who now currently works as a movie pirate operating in present day Manila. He routinely smuggles a digital camcorder into movie theaters in order to illegally record films. One night he records something else… And the footage goes viral. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Cast: Alex Vincent Medina, Joey Paras, Alma Concepcion

An internet scammer falls in love with a rich old maid while trying to swindle her using a fake Facebook profile. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Eduardo Roy, Jr.
Cast: Mimi Juareza, Junjun Quintana, Miggs Cuaderno, Natashia Yumi, Felipe Martinez, John Relucio, Giggle Esmeralda, Francine Garcia, Rolando Inocencio

Dorina believes she is a lady incarcerated inside a male body. She’s got herself a flourishing career, albeit in an illegal cosmetic surgery business. She is a mother figure to Hero, her eight year old nephew. She acts as a devoted wife to Uno. Between her job and her family, Dorina feels that she is one lucky woman. Until Uno falls in love with another tranny. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Carlo Obispo
Cast: Krystel Valentino, Miggs Cuaderno, Arnold Reyes, Angeli Bayani, Jean Judith Javier, Carlon Matobato, Olive Nieto, Karen Haniel, Max Celada, Aaron Ching, Sheenly Gener, Julian Trono

A countryside dramedy (drama-comedy) that follows 14-year-old Diana and her younger brother who live by themselves after their mother went abroad and their father lived with another woman. Set in a remote purok, where people display positive outlook in life despite daily struggles, the film features the light side of country lifestyle as the main characters take advantage of the fun and thrills of the town festival to take hold of their sweet childhood. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Emmanuel Quindo Palo
Cast: Eula Valdes, Sid Lucero, Quester Hannah, Art Acuña, Anita Linda, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Mitch Valdez, Rocky Salumbides, Jess Mendoza, Will Devaughn, Mariella Castillo, Dax Martin

David F is written as a triptych with 3 short stories hinged together by the story of David Fagan, a real life historical character in the early 1900’s. The film is a fictionalized account of an African-American soldier, David F, who defected to the Filipino revolutionaries during the Filipino-American war. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Alvin Yapan
Cast: Paulo Avelino, Mara Lopez, Ramona Rañeses, Roy Dominguiano

Mando, a Bicolano devotee of Ina, Virgin of Peñafrancia, injures himself. He will be nursed back to health by a mysterious woman, Salome, living at the foot of Mount Mayon. They will fall in love with each other. Salome holds a secret that will devastate Mando’s love for her; while Mando relies on his devotion to the Virgin of Peñafrancia to lift a curse that involves his life. WATCH THE TRAILER


Director: Leo Abaya
Cast: Eugene Domingo, Rico J. Puno, Luis Alandy, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Tuesday Vargas, Matt Evans, Jojit Lorenzo, Nicco Manalo, Yuki Matsuzaki

Story of a summer’s journey of Bechayda amidst a highly visualized world where the video screen reigns supreme. Bechayda is a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiance. WATCH THE TRAILER



Click here for the screening schedule on all cinemas.

Film Festivals, Films

Eiga Sai 2013

Japanese Film Festival Eiga Sai 2013 runs from July 4-14 at Cinema 2 of Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza. Admission is free. Seats are on a first come, first served basis.


About Her Brother (2010)
“Otôto” (original title) | Drama
Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Ryo Kase, Yû Aoi, Yuriko Ishida

Ginko seems to be living the good life: She’s the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu’s wedding day also brings homes Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed actor and a hard drinker who shows up causing trouble. Having covered for him all her life, Ginko is ready to disown her burdensome younger brother, but some things are easier said than done.


Confessions (2010)
“Kokuhaku” (original title) | Thriller
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada

High school teacher Moriguchi Yuko came up with a twisty master plan to avenge the death of her daughter whom she believes was murdered by two students in her class.


Dear Doctor (2009)
“Dia dokutâ” (original title) | Drama
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Stars: Tsurube Shôfukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa

After examining widow Kazuko, Ino learns she has a terminal condition. Kazuko asks him to lie about her illness, but before long, he mysteriously disappears.


Rinco’s Restaurant (2010)
“Shokudo katatsumuri” (original title) | Drama
Director: Mai Tominaga
Stars: Kyôko Enami, Hikari Mitsushima, Tomokazu Miura

After a bad breakup, a young woman leaves the big city and returns to her hometown and opens a menuless restaurant.


Always – Sunset on Third Street (2005)
“Always san-chôme no yûhi” (original title) | Drama, Family
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi

Tells the interweaving stories of community residents at the time the famous Tokyo Tower was being constructed.


Parade (2009)
“Parêdo” (original title) | Drama
Director: Isao Yukisada
Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Karina, Shihori Kanjiya, Kento Hayashi

Four youths share a two bedroom apartment in a corner of Tokyo. A series of assault cases occur in the same district. Eighteen year old Satoru, a male prostitute, joins them as a new house mate. Their daily life slowly starts to change.


Kamui (2009)
“Kamui gaiden” (original title) | Action, Drama
Director: Yôichi Sai
Stars: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Kaoru Kobayashi

A live action period film that portrays the fierce escape of the young Kamui from the Ninja world, hoping to find his own freedom.

Castle Under Fiery Skies

Castle Under Fiery Skies (2009)
“Katen no shiro” (original title) | Drama, History
Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka
Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Shôzô Endô, Saki Fukuda

Takes place in 1575 Feudal Japan, the film depicts how Oda Nobunaga’s forces defeated Takeda Katsuyori when the Nagashino Castle was besieged. Years after, Oda Nobunada builds a lavish new castle to symbolize his unification of various factions.

mai mai miracle

Mai Mai Miracle (2009)
“Maimai Shinko to sennen no mahô” (original title) | Animation
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Stars: Mayuko Fukuda, Manami Honjô, Jenya

Inspired by her grandfather’s stories, young Shinko embarks on wild flights of fancy about the history of the little town she lives in. But dreams can’t fend off the realities of growing up.



Screening Schedule (Shang Cineplex Cinema 2)

July 4, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS-Sunset on Third Street
4:30pm – Castle under fiery skies
7:30pm – Confessions

July 5, 2013 (Friday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 2
4:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant
7:30pm – Parade

July 6, 2013 (Saturday)

1:30pm – Mai Mai Miracle
4:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3
7:30pm – About Her Brother

July 7, 2013 (Sunday)

1:30pm – Furusato -Japan
4:30pm – Dear Doctor
7:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant

July 8, 2013 (Monday)

1:30pm – Castle under fiery skies
4:30pm – Confessions
7:30pm – KAMUI

July 9, 2013 (Tuesday)

1:30pm – Mai Mai Miracle
4:30pm –  ALWAYS-Sunset on Third Street
7:30pm – Parade

July 10, 2013 (Wednesday)

1:30pm – Furusato -Japan
4:30pm – About Her Brother
7:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 2

July 11, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3
4:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant
7:30pm – Confessions

July 12, 2013 (Friday)

1:30pm – Castle under fiery skies
4:30pm – Parade
7:30pm – Dear Doctor

July 13, 2013 (Saturday)

1:30pm – Mai Mai Miracle
4:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 2
7:30pm – KAMUI

July 14, 2013 (Sunday)

1:30pm – ALWAYS-Sunset on Third Street
4:30pm – Rinco’s Restaurant
7:30pm – ALWAYS -Sunset on Third Street- 3