John Lloyd Cruz may be the jaw-dropping surprise of Culion‘s teaser trailer but the scope of the story, the mounting of the film and the overall message of this historical drama is epic. Epic because it catches our attention, epic because it feels like it has an emotionally devastating story. It brings us back when Filipino movies compete through the quality and the relevance of its story.
Remember when we’re getting Jose Rizal, Muro-Ami, Spirit Warriors, Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure, Bagong Buwan? Those were the days when the variety of films is rich, we’re not only getting romance, drama, horror and comedy films, and the audience are lining up for not just the stars of the film, but the story.
Of course, we got Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna and Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral and Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales but there’s something eerily special about Alvin Yapan’s story of the Culion community during the 1940s.
Here’s a clip from the film which was released during the media launch in Puerto Princesa, Palawan:
‘Culion’ is a Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 hopeful. Starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Meryll Soriano, Joem Bascon and Mike Liwag. Written by Ricky Lee, produced by Mark Shandii Bacolo for iOptions Ventures, cinematography by Neil Daza and directed by Alvin Yapan.