The best things to do in Shanghai this January

Here are all the brilliant events happening this month

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Happy January. We're ten days into 2019, the festive season is behind us and we're ready to take on the year ahead. That being said, it's less than a month until Chinese New Year and we won't blame you if you just want the next few weeks to zoom by until the next holiday. However, don't wish all of your time away. There are plenty of great things to do this month in Shanghai before we're throwing around hongbao and saying xinniankuaile. Read on for our picks of the best things to do this January.

Things to Do

Film

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Emerging auteur Bi Gan's much-anticipated 'dreamlike' film noir Long Day's Journey Into Night follows one man's search for lost love. Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returns to his hometown and stumbles upon an old photo of a woman he once loved which leads him on a confused path down memory lane.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 31 Dec - 31 Jan

Creed 2

Critics' pick

The newest addition to the Rocky franchise (following on from 2015's Creed) Creed 2 updates us on one of Rocky's most fearsome opponents, landing some solid punches on its conventionally satisfying route to vengeance. Starring Michael B Jordan – the linchpin of the rebooted series – as rising young boxer Adonis Creed, the movie knows all the beats it has to hit, and hit them it does, jab by jab. 

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Cinemas around Shanghai 04 Jan - 01 Feb

Bumblebee

Critics' pick

The last four Transformers films have been a mess of clashing metal, crashing sound and little in the way of coherence. Bumblebee, meanwhile, was conceived as a spin-off, but emerges as more of a reboot of sorts: a return to the kid-and-a-car conceit of the first film. In fact, director Travis Knight (director of the animated Kubo and the Two Strings) takes the franchise even further, back to '80s Amblin movies like E.T. and The Goonies and the original Hasbro toy designs. The result is an entry in this franchise that won’t give you a headache.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 04 Jan - 01 Feb

The Breadwinner

Critics' pick

Not every animation can tackle cruelty, injustice and institutionalised misogyny and still be a must-see for kids and parents alike, but the latest hand-drawn gem from Cartoon Saloon is no ordinary animation. Set in Taliban-controlled Kabul, Norah Twomey's day-to-day survival story of a girl who must pass as a boy under an oppressive state in order to glean crucial supplies for her family is about the ways we try to cradle each other from the harsher realities of life.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 11 Jan - 15 Feb

Dead Pigs

Critics' pick

Director Cathy Yan's debut film Dead Pigs makes an ensemble movie out of today's Shanghai and the people we know in it: a young busboy, an ambitious American architect, an apathetic rich girl, a farmer and a no-bullshit ayi who refuses to sell her property. Their disparate lives converge and come to a head when, mirroring real-life events, thousands of rotting pig carcasses are found floating in the Huangpu River, Shanghai's drinking water source.

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Cinemas around Shanghai 25 Jan - 01 Mar

Art

Nathan Zhou: Street Dog

A solo exhibition by Nathan Zhou (who's transformed the exhibition space into a café which serves real food and drinks), Street Dog showcases the Guangzhou native's diary-like colourful graffiti and collage works. 

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Aike Dellarco , 2555 Longteng Avenue Every day except Monday

Heteroglossia

Heteroglossia at HOW Art Museum showcases a collection work of ten artists from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and the Netherlands whose historical experiences, memories and identities may be different from each other, but whose artistic practices were all influenced by Chinese culture.

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Katharina Grosse: Mumbling Mud

Internationally acclaimed German artist Katharina Grosse's first solo exhibition in China. Using the spray gun as her primary painting tool, Grosse has applied variegated swaths of paint across the walls of exhibition spaces, her own bed, an entire house and its surroundings, and arranged objects such as piles of soil and tree trunks to create large-scale site-related paintings.

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Classical/Stage

Shanghai School of Burlesque's 'Winter Showcase'

From creative director Kara La Croi, Shanghai School of Burlesque returns with a follow-up to their sold-out 'Summer Revue'. Student performers include Betty Snatch, Holly Got Lucky, Lucy Skye and Lady Fortune Cookie.

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The Pearl , 471 Zhapu Lu 27 Jan

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