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  (in credits order)
Mat Ranillo III ... Jesus Christ (as Matt Ranillo III)
Ruel Vernal ... Simon Peter
Conrad Poe ... Andrew
Edgar Mande ... James the Great
Michael Locsin ... John the Beloved
Rez Cortez ... Judas Iscariot
Jorge Estregan ... Matthew
Daniel Fernando ... Simon the Zealot
Patrick Dela Rosa ... Thomas
Dindo Arroyo ... James the Less
Romy Romulo ... Bartholomew
Tom Olivar ... Thaddeus
Nikki Martel ... Phillip
Rudy Fernandez ... Simon of Cyrene
Christopher De Leon ... Dimas
Lorna Tolentino ... Veronica
Gabby Concepcion ... John the Baptist
Aga Muhlach ... Possessed Young Man
Tonton Gutierrez ... Lazarus
Gardo Versoza ... Hestas
Dan Alvaro ... Longimus
Berting Labra ... the Paralytic
Efren Reyes Jr. ... Zacarias
Romy Diaz ... The Devil
Jackie Aquino ... Woman at Cana
Marita Zobel ... Woman in Jerusalem
Lindsay Custodio ... Salome
Luz Valdez ... Woman in Jerusalem
Shintaro Valdez ... Torturer of Jesus
Sylvia Sanchez ... the Adulteress
Janice Jurado ... Woman in Synagogue
Rachel Lobangco ... Temptress
Romeo Rivera ... Pontius Pilate
Ricky Davao ... Barabbas
Maila Gumila ... Claudia
Paquito Diaz ... Herod
Sheila Ysrael ... Herodia
Bomber Moran ... Herodian Guard
Val Iglesias ... Tomas (as Val Iglesia)
Suzette Ranillo ... Maria of Lazarus
Amy Austria ... Mary Magdalene
Dante Rivero ... Nicodemus
Tony Mabesa ... Caiaphas
Lou Veloso ... Pariseo
Maureen Mauricio ... Martha
Charmaine Rivera ... Virgin Mary
Emmanuel H. Borlaza ... Simeon Pariseo
Maryo J. De Los Reyes ... Annas
Renato Del Prado ... Pariseo
Pocholo Montes ... Pariseo
Ric Arellano ... Blind Beggar
Bon Vibar ... Pilate's Deputy
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Directed by
Ben Yalung  (as Ben M7 Yalung)
Writing credits
Emmanuel H. Borlaza (screenplay) &
Ruben Arthur Nicdao (screenplay) &
Ben Yalung (screenplay) (as Benjamin G. Yalung)

Produced by
Celso De Guzman .... supervising producer (as Celso J. De Guzman)
Jings de Guzman .... associate producer
Mylene Lozarito .... associate producer (as Mylene T. Lozarito)
Ben Yalung .... executive producer (as Benjamin G. Yalung 'M-7')
Horace Yalung .... producer (as Horace G. Yalung)
Renato G. Yalung .... producer (as Rene G. Yalung)
Romy G. Yalung .... producer
Original Music by
Lutgardo Labad 
Cinematography by
Larry Manda (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Jarlego 
Production Design by
Ruben Arthur Nicdao 
Music Department
Manoling Francisco .... composer: theme song (as Bro. Manoling Francisco S.J.)
Marita Manuel .... ethnic music
Adrian Panganiban .... singer: theme song

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The Gospel of John with Filipino Touches, 2 April 2010
Author: 3xHCCH from Quezon City, Philippines

In "Kristo", Director Ben G. Yalung was able to capture the essence of the Gospel of John, mixed in with Filipino Holy Week traditions, in this reenactment of the life and death of Jesus Christ. This movie was produced by the Oasis of Love community.

"Kristo" starred Mat Ranillo III as Jesus Christ. The rest of the cast were local stars and character actors galore. Among the apostles, we recognized Ruel Vernal as Peter, Patrick de la Rosa as Thomas, Michael Locsin as John. Of course, Rez Cortez played Judas Iscariot, who else? Edgar Mande and Jorge Estregan were also there. Among the Sanhedrin, Tony Mabesa was Caiaphas, Dante Rivero was Nicodemus. Junix Inocian and Renato del Prado were also there. Romeo Rivera was Pontius Pilate with Maila Gumila as his wife. Paquito Diaz was Herod with Bomber Moran overacting as his guard. Ricky Davao was Barrabas, though he was not given a close-up.

During the Way of the Cross, we would see Rudy Fernandez as Simon of Cyrene, Lorna Tolentino as Veronica, Christopher de Leon as the good thief Dimas, and Gardo Versoza as the other thief Hestas. Among the centurions, we see Arnel Ignacio as the one who won Jesus' robe, Gino Antonio as the one who taunted Jesus when he was thirsty, and Dan Alvaro as the one who stabbed Jesus with the spear.

The three Marys at the foot of the Cross were played by Amy Austria (as Mary Magdalene), Nadia Veloso (as Mary, sister of Lazarus) and an unknown actress as the Virgin Mary. I had to wait for the end credits to see that Mother Mary was played by a certain Charmaine Rivera, whom I really did not know.

I do not know if Mel Gibson had seen this film, but the violence of the scourging scenes in "Kristo" were also very graphic. The very-bloodied and deformed appearance of Jesus on the cross is also very similar in the two films. "Kristo" also preceded "Passion of the Christ" in having a woman as the Devil, who was portrayed by Rachel Lobangco.

As a whole it was not bad at all, despite the technical limitations and the hammy acting of the supporting cast. Mat Ranillo III played Jesus Christ effectively with requisite look, dignity and compassion. The walls of Intramuros became Jerusalem. The Manila Post Office Building was transformed into the Praetorium of the Sanhedrin. The costumes of the townspeople were Muslim-inspired. Very imaginative and interesting effort to Filipinize the context. Overall, the pace and language was engaging enough for us to watch the film to its conclusion.

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