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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Padilla ...
Sunshine Dizon ...
Rhian Ramos ...
Katrina Halili ...
Hero Angeles ...
Mark Bautista ...
Glydel Mercado ...
Jaclyn Jose ...
Mely Tagasa ...
Luz Fernandez ...
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Estrella Kuenzler ...
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Gio Marcelo ...
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June Hidalgo ...


Seven passengers on a trip to Manila escape death and their respective "sundo" by a twist of fate. Soon, they realize that the price they have to pay for gambling with the spirit of tragedy is the hardest and most ruthless battle they will ever come to face. Written by

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When death is near, who will come to pick you up?


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18 March 2009 (Philippines)  »

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The film was delayed three times, it was originally intended to an August 2008 play date, to October 22, 2008 play date and to March 11, 2009. See more »

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18 March 2009 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

Topel Lee never recaptured in his later works the brilliance of "Yaya," his episode for the 8th installment of the irrepressible horror omnibus "Shake, Rattle & Roll," though for a while he has quite a bit going for "Sundo." Instead the director's latest endeavor ends up as a disappointing, by-the-numbers ghost feature, as a result of its eventual reliance on cheap scare tactics that fails to generate a modicum of authentic scare despite the constantly unsettling mood of the gloomy cinematography.

Lee and scriptwriter Aloy Adlawan's thriller concerns former military man Romano (a tempered down, initially Jesus Christ-beard sporting Robin Padilla) who, after spending a significant amount of time in a coma, discovers he can see dead people. It turns out these spirits are not the usual harmless specters, but are harbingers of Death (with a capital D) appearing near a person about to conk out; which is to say, everyone who got a second crack at life when, courtesy of a dream, Romano saved a van from a fatal crash, and that includes him, his blind sister Isabel (Rhian Ramos), his friend Loeulla (Sunshine Dizon), a mother (Glydel Mercado), her son (Hero Angeles), and a hitchhiking actress (Katrina Halili).

It's a promising premise, designed to fuel the fear entrenched from the it's-a-blackout-and-yaya-will-tell-a-ghost-story years about how sick or dying people supposedly see someone who has earlier died. Up to a point, "Sundo" has the makings to live up to that primal fear, generating a credible performance from Padilla while effectively employing the constant sense of dread through its methodical mise-en-scene, as typified by Padilla waiting outside an ophthalmologist's clinic and a shot near the climax that has Padilla sitting on a couch in the dark. Yet the script's unfortunate decision to swerve into a rote hybrid of a shoddy J-Horror and "Final Destination" undercuts whatever merits it has gained, and while Halili is here to provide the obligatory cleavage, it's frustratingly drowned by the weight of the studio's demand to keep it at a more profitable PG-13 rating.

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