Last June 29, three days before the dreaded board exam, I was invited to a gallery of costumes made by Gino Gonzales, “Veiled Memories of a Forsaken Past,” and the exclusive premiere screening of the international hit Amigo.
Amigo is all about the roots of Filipino-American ties in the Philippines. It is written and directed by American independent American filmmaker John Sayles, starring several Filipino and American veteran actors and actresses.
American army costume
“[The story] is set in a very specific time and place – Northern Luzon in the year 1900,” Sayles relates in the film’s study guide. The film revolves around the state of the Philippine islands after the fall of the Spanish Regime and the occupation of the Americans in the Philippines after thereby “buying” the nation from the oppressors.
Amigo aims to show the complexity of US – Philippine relations through an action-packed, dramatic and heart-moving epic. “The Philippines and the United States now share a great deal of history and culture,” declares Sayles. “But until recently the beginnings of that long, complex relationship, was virtually developed,” he continued.
After reaping worldwide acclaim in international film fests such as Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival, Amigo comes home to the Philippines. Starring Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, and Garret Dillahunt, along with Bembol Roco, Rio Locsin, Ronnie Lazaro, Jon Arcilla, Pen Medina, Irma Adlawan, Yul Vasquez (War of the Worlds, American Gangsters), DJ Qualls (Road Trip). With dialogues mostly in Tagalog, Amigo will be shown in theatres with English subtitles. Amigo is Rated PG 13 by the MTRCB and has received an advisory/endorsement from the Department of Education.
NOW SHOWING STARTING JULY 6 ON SELECTED CINEMAS:
SM North EDSA
SM Mall of Asia
This is kinda late, but yeah, you know the board exams already and all that shit. Anyway. YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS! As a fan of period films, among others that I’ve watched this has got to be one of the best. Well-researched, well-portrayed, and well-executed. John Sayles must have put so much heart into doing this. I love how the narration was done – very subtle and sometimes void of emotion but full of meaning. This is one movie you shouldn’t miss!
* Special thanks to Ms. Marie Ganal for inviting me over.