Kinatay (2009)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,048 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 48 critic

A young man tries to make some money so he can marry his girlfriend. He takes a job for $2,000 and then soon realizes that this job involves killing a woman.


(as Brillante Ma. Mendoza)


0Check in

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 05 Jan 2011
a list of 26 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
a list of 26 titles
created 19 Feb 2014
a list of 34 titles
created 02 Jun 2014

Related Items

Search for "Kinatay" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Kinatay (2009)

Kinatay (2009) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Kinatay.
13 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Service (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, possible incest and bothersome skin irritations are all part of their ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz
Captive I (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Follows the hostage crisis of the Dos Palmas kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the life of the hostages whose survivors were freed after an awful year in captivity.

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Katherine Mulville, Marc Zanetta
Trap (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After the Supertyphoon Haiyan, which changed the city of Tacloban in the Philippines into its horrendous state, the lives of Bebeth, Larry and Erwin intertwine. The survivors are left to ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Nora Aunor, Julio Diaz, Aaron Rivera
The Masseur (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Coco Martin, Jaclyn Jose, Allan Paule
Freedom (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man chop down trees, organizes the trunks, clean them, stops to defecate, lunch, nap and continues to sell its timber.

Director: Lisandro Alonso
Stars: Misael Saavedra, Humberto Estrada, Rafael Estrada
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee recalls his many past lives.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Stars: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee
Sombre (1998)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A car, following the Tour de France. Children screaming in front of the puppet show. Women, often prostitutes, trying to scream as they are being strangled. Then he will meet Claire, the ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Grandrieux
Stars: Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, Géraldine Voillat
Grandmother I (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two elderly women bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other is the suspect. Both weak and poor, they laboriously solicit money in ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Anita Linda, Rustica Carpio, Tanya Gomez
Thy Womb (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An infertile midwife and her husband find a surrogate mother so that they can have a child.

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe
Slingshot (2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Jiro Manio, Coco Martin, Kristoffer King
Sapi (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

With the rival station Philippine Broadcasting Channel (PBC) eating up the TV audiences' major share... See full synopsis »

Director: Brillante Mendoza
Stars: Meryll Soriano, Baron Geisler, Dennis Trillo
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the old days it was called hypochrondria, or black melancholia. Now, apparently, it's termed the Asthenic Syndrome. Whatever it is, Nikolai, a teacher of epicly indifferent pupils, has ... See full summary »

Director: Kira Muratova
Stars: Olga Antonova, Sergei Popov, Galina Zakhurdaeva


Cast overview, first billed only:
Coco Martin ...
Maria Isabel Lopez ...
Julio Diaz ...
Kap (Vic)
John Regala ...
Jhong Hilario ...
Lauren Novero ...
Boy Chico
Benjie Filomeno ...
Mercedes Cabral ...
Allan Paule ...
Leo (as Alan Paule)
Ping Medina ...
Susan Africa ...
Lou Veloso ...
Sofia Lee ...
Mely Soriano ...
Lola Fe
Ruby Saavedra ...


A young man tries to make some money so he can marry his girlfriend. He takes a job for $2,000 and then soon realizes that this job involves killing a woman.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

night | day | urban setting | city | coin | See All (46) »


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

23 September 2009 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

Butchered  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


According to actress Maria Isabel Lopez, the role of Madonna was originally offered to actress Rosanna Roces. The actress, however, turned down the part because she was reportedly not keen on doing sexy roles anymore. The role went to her. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Take heed haters of the slow-burn.
19 August 2011 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

A couple years back, an independent film from the Philippines named Kinatay shocked and awed festival film-goers the world over. The film by Brilliante Mendoza was regarded as one of the most controversial films of the year, and was even coined a horror movie by some. I'm here to tell you - two years later - that all the overly enthusiastic critiques appeared to be just that.

The film is about a young newlywed who takes a friend's job offer to earn some extra cash for his wife and baby. The gig, which he discovers a bit too late, involves kidnapping and accessory to murder.

The film initially starts off in almost documentary style fashion with the camera capturing real-life tidbits while gradually introducing us to the amicable protagonist. Over an hour later, when the meat and potatoes have begun to be served, it switches to a more conventional style with close-ups and bits of stylish direction - it's this melding of creative approaches that impressed me most about Kinatay. Along-side a cast of talented actors and urban Philippino settings, the movie feels fresh and consistently realistic.

Besides the film's tedious opening hour, what ultimately hurts Kinatay the most is/was the hype that initially surrounded it. Hype can be good, sometimes, but in cases like Kinatay, where the buzz mainly circulated around the exploitative aspects of the film, said film can and will implode. This film isn't very controversial and nor difficult to process – it's actually rather straight-forward and only a bit graphic. Maybe it was some type of marketing ploy, who knows. Nevertheless, it remained an intimate look at how a person feels and acts when confronted with unsuspecting horrors.

Lastly, please take note that this is not an exploitation or horror flick. It's an art-house drama that does a pretty good job putting you in the shoes of someone doing something they don't want to. Ever hang out with people you didn't want to, but you stuck around because you knew you'd possibly reap a benefit or two? This is like that, but on a nightmare scale.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst movie NickHafn
What's this one about, anyone? mrpetergreen
La Vie Nouvelle suspiria56
Discuss Kinatay (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: