- JAPAN PREMIERE
Competition｜Special Programs < SANDAAN: 100 Years of Philippine Cinema >
Director: Mikhail RED
2017｜Philippines｜101min｜Language: Filipino, Tagalog｜Subtitles: Japanese, English
|3/11 (Sun)||14:20 *Sold Out||Cine Libre Umeda 4||◎|
|3/16 (Fri)||10:30||ABC Hall||◎|
- Eula VALDES
Since President Rodrigo Duterte’s election, the Philippines has been in the grip of a “war on drugs”. where the police use bounty hunters to kill gangsters. A street orphan named Toto is one of many caught in the crossfire when he is forced by police to locate a wanted drug-dealer in exchange for the release of his jailed brother. Such actions do not go unpunished on the streets and a hit is put out on Toto but his luck seems to change when he meets Irma. She works as a pest exterminator during the day, and hired assassin at night. The older hit-woman offers the younger character a safe haven and the two develop a bond but loyalties are tested when Toto is ordered by the police to kill a familiar face.
In a stylistic reverse of his film, “Birdshot” (2016), Mikhail Red uses a handheld camera to bring audiences drama and violence but the themes remain the same, youngsters entering a world of corruption and moral ambiguity.