Muro-ami (1999)

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Fredo (Cesar Montano) is a fisherman who has endured more than his share of hardship in life; his wife and child both perished in a boating accident, and today Fredo approaches each trip to... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Cesar Montano ...
Pen Medina ...
Jhong Hilario ...
Amy Austria ...
Rebecca Lusterio ...
Jerome Sales ...
Teodoro Penaranda Jr. ...
Walter Pacatang ...
Ranilo Boquil ...
Cris Vertido ...
Gigi Agustin ...
Erwin Sevilla ...
Policarpo Araula ...


Fredo (Cesar Montano) is a fisherman who has endured more than his share of hardship in life; his wife and child both perished in a boating accident, and today Fredo approaches each trip to the sea with the angry determination of a man out for revenge. Fredo commands a crew of young people from poor families as he takes his rattletrap ship into the ocean in search of fish that live along the reefs, snaring catch with an illegal netting system. Not all of Fredo's youthful sailors are willing to put up with his abusive arrogance, however, and even his father Dado (Pen Medina) and close friend Botong (Jhong Hilario) have grown weary of Fredo's tirades. Fredo's body is beginning to betray him as well, and as he and his crew damage the sea's reef beds in search of fish, no one is certain how much longer he will be able to continue. Written by Anonymous

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October 2000 (USA)  »

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Reef Hunters  »

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1.85 : 1
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This is the type of movies Filipinos should emulate
31 July 2004 | by (Dublin, California) – See all my reviews

Finally, the Philippines has a film that stands out to elevate the country's film industry standards. This is such a great departure from the many mediocre formula melodrama films I've seen from the Philippines. I will recommend this to everyone who want to know something about the Philippines, particularly its beautiful locations.

Excellent cinematography, particularly the underwater photography. Perfect tie-in of story lines and plots, characters, location. The movie ingredients fit well and raise awareness of bigger social and environmental issues faced by the country: including child labor vs. realities of everyday survival for the masses; the destruction of marine natural resources.

Cesar Montano acting proved him a top actor worthy of much bigger future roles and international exposure.

The director, producers, cast, and crew took many risks in making this film. I'd say the money invested was well spent for the still low when compared to Hollywood budgets. The Philippines movie industry has the talents and can do things as in Hollywood. It just needs bigger funding to continue making top caliber films worthy of international venues. Muro-Ami may be the catalyst for such future offerings.

The only disappointment I had was on the sound quality. Sound design and engineering and editing needs big improvement. Then again, I only saw the DVD version and perhaps something got lost in translation.

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