- Japan Premiere
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SINGING IN GRAVEYARDS
Director: Bradley LIEW
2016｜Malaysia, Philippines｜143min｜Language: Tagalog, English｜Subtitles: Japanese, English
|3/8 (Wed)||13:15||Cine Libre Umeda 4|
|3/11 (Sat)||10:00||Cine Libre Umeda 4||◎|
- Pepe SMITH
Pepe Madrigal is a 68 year old impersonator of the Filipino rock legend Joey “Pepe” Smith. The two men toured way back in the past but now Pepe is destitute and makes money impersonating his hero, playing gigs at a dive bar and selling trinkets. He lives alone in a house on the borders of reality, imagination and mysticism, desperate for one final shot at the big time. One day, he’s ﬁnally given the chance to open for Joey Smith’s comeback concert but he must do something neither of them has done before - write a love song.
This film explores the relationship between a celebrity’s public persona as a performer versus who they are as a real human being. With Joey Smith and Pepe the impersonator both played by the real-life rock icon Joey “Pepe” Smith and famous directors playing characters such as Pepe’s manager who is portrayed by Lav Diaz, there is a level of self-awareness which has earned the film comparisons to the works of Jim Jarmusch.