Friday, June 06, 2014

Huli ka! Pinoys and Filipino creations in foreign films and videos

Among the best surprises I've had at the movies were seeing Filipino stories brought to life in two foreign films submitted to the 2014 Oscars. The British film Metro Manila dealt with a rural family caught up in the claws of Manila's neon lights. The Singaporean film Ilo Ilo tells the story of a Filipina nanny indirectly affected by the financial turmoil in the Asian region in the late 1990s.

This list will note down those foreign films which contains some adobo, kundiman, and Pong Pagong in their footage. I will start with X-Men: Days of Future Past and will then update the list whenever I chanced upon the Philippines or a Pinoy in films. Let's do a Larry Alcala trick and find slices of Filipino life and culture.

 X-Men: Days of Future Past

Filipino Connection: 
Comic book illustrator Whilce Portacio > The mutant character Bishop was co-created by Jim Lee and Portacio. Bishop was supposed to be a Filipino superhero but the idea was turned down by the editors. Portacio drew himself into the character Randall (leftmost character).

Halo-halo thoughts: 

I love the mutants' battle against the slick, savvy Sentinels in the film. The latter are pure weapons of hate. Now, I know why the best mutants died in the comic books. They must have had to endure waves and waves of Sentinels.

Check out the teaser on the next possible heavyweight villain at the end of the credits. I hope to see Psylocke and Rogue in the next installment, too.

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