With the year 1981 in the title, the movie was supposed to be released in 1981. But producer Marichu Maceda waited a year for a chance to exhibit the film, fearing that its scenes of violence and explicit attack on martial law, then still in effect as imposed by Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos in 1972, would not be appreciated by the censor board. However, Marcos' daughter Aimee Marcos, at the time a leader of the youth sector that pushes for the movie, held a premiere showing at a plush suburban theater. See more »
De Leon uses the fraternity as a symbol of fascism. The hazing rituals, demoralization, torture and militarism all cover the imposition of the mighty few against individual rights of the hapless ones. The violent rumble at the end captures the fanaticism of the subjects working for the goal of attaining the ultimate high - power. Strong, very powerful, a work of great political understanding from Mike de Leon.
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