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Writers:
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Plot:
Bio pic of notorious Manila gangster in the late 40's until his death in 1951 at the age of 26. A legend known to this day coming from Tondo, a town in Manila known during those peroid as tough and dangerous place. | Full synopsis »
Awards:
36 wins & 26 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Overrated. Could have been so much better. See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Jorge Estregan ... Asiong Salonga (as Joerge 'E.R.' Estregan)

Roi Vinzon ... Viray
Danny Labra ... Viray's Man
Eddie Tuazon ... Viray's Man

Yul Servo ... Bimbo
Amay Bisaya ... Eyes Gago

Ping Medina ... Piring

Ketchup Eusebio ... Kiko
Gerald Ejercito ... Badong

Dennis Padilla ... Tambol

Baron Geisler ... Erning Toothpick

Phillip Salvador ... Domeng Salonga

Carla Abellana ... Fidela Salonga
John Regala ... Totoy Golem

Ronnie Lazaro ... Zapanta

Joko Diaz ... Pepeng Hapon

Archie Adamos ... Turong Pajo (as Archi Adamos)
Albert Calayon ... Barber
Renato Morado ... Billiard Owner (as Nato Morado)

Perla Bautista ... Maria Salonga
Robert Arevalo ... Cando Salonga
Soliman Cruz ... Soliman

Sunshine Teodoro ... Bar Owner

Valerie Concepcion ... Mely
Roldan Aquino ... MPD Chief of Police

Raul Morit ... LP Councilor
Boni Gabriel Ilagan ... LP Councilor Aid
Charmaine Vercede ... Tobacco Girl
Randy Punsal ... NP Councilor

J.C. Parker ... Fe
Syrel Lopez ... Fidela's Cousin
Manolo Villanueva ... Judge

Jay Manalo ... Guardame
Socrates B. Jose ... Boxing Referee (as Soc Joe)
Thana Srisuke ... Boxer
Ding Navasero ... Jail Director

Ely Buendia ... Band Lead Singer

Marissa Sanchez ... Tia Carmen

Dante Rivero ... Mang Luis
Yorie Mae ... Asiong's Daughter
Ryae Gerald ... Asiong's Son
Jerico Ejercito ... Young Asiong
Joriah Atal ... Young Kiko
Rhenzel Roblez ... Young Piring
Christian Saclaw ... Young Badong
Evelyn Valenzuela ... Lady
Seferino Almario Band ... Band Players
Paloma ... Rosing (as Paloma Esmeria)
Rolando Abayari ... Policeman
Rady Llames ... Policeman
Rex Perlas ... Policeman
Victor Osio ... Policeman
Marlon Limchoso ... Policeman
Salvador Astillero Jr. ... Policeman
Bongbong Estinopo ... Policeman
Hector Deasis ... Policeman
Edgar Layce ... Prison Inmate
Rubio Piogao ... Prison Inmate
Victor Roblando ... Prison Inmate
Anthony Paglinawan ... Prison Inmate
Jay-ar Gomez ... Prison Inmate
Elson Abanilla ... Prison Inmate
Elnar Abanilla ... Prison Inmate
Danilo Barimban ... Prison Inmate
Alexander Reyes ... Prison Inmate
Joel Taduran ... Prison Inmate
Jonjon Cerdenia ... Prison Inmate
Rodel Aguilar ... Prison Inmate
Darwin Ramos ... Prison Inmate
Lino Ramos ... Prison Inmate
Darry Dela Cruz ... Prison Inmate
Nesty Ramirez ... Prison Inmate
Edison Manaluz ... Prison Inmate

Directed by
Tikoy Aguiluz (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Roy Iglesias (story) &
Rey Ventura (story)

Roy Iglesias (screenplay) &
Rey Ventura (screenplay)

Produced by
Elaine Lozano .... associate producer
Joven Tan .... associate producer
Leonard Villalon .... executive producer
Maylyn Villalon-Enriquez .... supervising producer (as Maylyn Enriquez)
 
Original Music by
Jessie Lasaten 
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Mendoza 
 
Film Editing by
Jason Cahapay 
Ryan Orduña  (as Ryan Orduna)
Mirana Medina-Bhunjun (directors cut) (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Fritz Silorio 
Mona Silorio 
 
Art Direction by
Mona Soriano 
 
Costume Design by
Joel Bilbao 
Syrel Lopez 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Apolinario .... head makeup artist (as Virgie Apolinario)
Agnes Flores .... assistant makeup artist
Jelyn Lavarez .... assistant makeup artist
Kim Logatiman .... assistant makeup artist (as Kim Togatiman)
Baby Lucero .... makeup artist
Warren Munar .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Raymund Concepcion .... post-production supervisor: Scenema Concept International
Louie Montilla .... assistant production manager
Anastacio Angelo A. Santos .... post-production manager: SQ Film Laboratories (as Anastacio Angelo Santos)
Benito Talde .... unit supervisor: Scenema Concept International
Argel Ual .... assistant production manager
Arnel Velasco .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Darry Dela Cruz .... second assistant director
Socrates B. Jose .... first assistant director (as Soc Jose)
 
Art Department
Walter Chong .... set man
Shirly Conuagy .... set man
Rene Cribe .... printing
Boris Del Rosario .... lay-out artist
Reynaldo dela Cruz .... set man
Herme Desario .... set man (as Hernie Besario)
Rommel Dimaano .... associate art director
Nico Doroin .... set man
Mike Espolong .... set man (as Michael Espolong)
Mansley G. Kimhoko .... float designer (as Arch. Mansley G. Kimhoko)
Miguel Marzua .... set man
Josie Nakpi .... set man
Ridel Pascual .... set man
Nesty Ramirez .... associate art director
Armando Raysag .... set man
Jomel Redobante .... set man (as Joalim Redobante)
Arthur Reynera .... set man (as Arthur Raynera)
Gil Reynera .... set man (as Gil Raynera)
Nor Ruel .... print graphic artist
Yuri Santos .... set man
 
Sound Department
Aris Alcantara .... boom operator
Edwin Alicaway .... boom operator
Louie Boy B. Cadag .... utility: AMI Wildsound (as Louie Cadag)
Lamberto Casas Jr. .... dialogue editor (as Bebet Casas)
Sherwin Castillo .... adr recordist
Arvin de Asis .... boom operator
Paul Delos Santos .... live sound recordist
Lito Esteta .... adr editor
Lito Esteta .... adr recordist
Josie Galvez .... dubbing supervisor
Albert Michael Idioma .... dialogue editor (as Michael Idioma)
Albert Michael Idioma .... re-recording mixer (as Michael Idioma)
Albert Michael Idioma .... sound designer (as Michael Idioma)
Albert Michael Idioma .... sound effects (as Michael Idioma)
Albert Michael Idioma .... sound supervisor (as Mike Idioma)
Donald Ilagan .... boom operator (as Donal Ilagan)
Willie Lim .... boom operator
Angie Reyes .... adr editor
Angie Reyes .... adr recordist
Melvin Rivera .... boom operator
Allen Roy Santos .... adr editor (as Roy Santos)
Allen Roy Santos .... adr recordist (as Roy Santos)
Addiss Tabong .... dialogue editor
Addiss Tabong .... re-recording mixer
Addiss Tabong .... sound designer
Addiss Tabong .... sound effects
Alex Tomboc .... dialogue editor
Alex Tomboc .... foley
Deo Van Fidelson .... live sound recordist (as Deo Fidelson)
 
Special Effects by
Totoy Asuncion .... special effects team
Kajo Avilla .... special effects team
Jaime de Guzman .... special effects team
Franco Domingo .... special effects team
Jajay Domingo .... armory team (as Jayjay Domingo)
Aljon Endrano .... special effects team
Joel Gonzalvo .... special effects team
Ramon Logronio .... special effects team
Totoy Maribilla .... special effects team
Vandolf Nuqui .... special effects team
Cantoy Pinca .... special effects team
Marlon Pinca .... special effects team
Melvin Pinca .... special effects team
John Carlo Ponce .... special effects team
Pol Poscalbo .... armory team
Sherwin Reyes .... special effects team
Bongbong San Jose .... special effects team (as Bhon San Jose)
Ronron San Jose .... special effects team
Darwin Torrente .... special effects unit head
Dekdek Torrente .... special effects unit head (as Deck Torrente)
 
Visual Effects by
Don Carpio .... visual effects artist: Welovepost
Harry Dela Luna .... visual effects artist: Welovepost
Jeff Lim .... lead 3d and compositing: Welovepost
Angpao Martin .... visual effects artist: Welovepost
Melvyn M. Quimosing .... lead 3d and compositing: Welovepost (as Melvyn Quimosing)
Erick Torrente .... visual special effects
 
Stunts
Andrey Abary .... action and stunt performer
Freddi Abecia .... action and stunt performer (as Freddie Abelia)
Peter Aci .... action and stunt performer
Boy Acosta .... action and stunt performer
Roger Adida .... action and stunt performer
Joey Alas .... action and stunt performer
Melvin Arellano .... action and stunt performer
Marlon Arly .... action and stunt performer
Frederick Baldon .... action and stunt performer
Edgar Balicoco .... action and stunt performer
Coby Cabrega .... action and stunt performer
Peter Canilang .... action and stunt performer
Carlo Carrios .... action and stunt performer
Rey Comia .... action and stunt performer
Virgilio Culajara Jr. .... action and stunt performer
Wendel Cumabig .... action and stunt performer
Boy Dalanon .... action and stunt performer
Chonga De Guzman .... action and stunt performer
Rudy Vic Del .... action and stunt performer (as Rudy Vicdel)
Pepito Diaz .... associate fight director
Celso Domiquel .... action and stunt performer
Carry Duenas .... action and stunt performer
Joel Fernandez .... action and stunt performer
Lito Galvantos .... action and stunt performer
Epie Guzman .... action and stunt performer
Roger Huelar .... action and stunt performer
Noel Jacob .... action and stunt performer
Somjal Jonmoontee .... stunt performer (as Somjal Janmoontee)
Chris Juarez .... action and stunt performer
Foon Kawee .... assistant stunt director
Seng Kawee .... stunt director
Chatchapol Kulsiriwuthichai .... stunt performer
Jun Labit .... action and stunt performer
Elie Layso .... action and stunt performer
Jimbo Lim .... action and stunt performer
Roger Luciano .... action and stunt performer
Jun 'Gapo' Marbella .... action and stunt performer (as Jun Gapo)
Egay Martinez .... action and stunt performer
Al Molina .... action and stunt performer
Roy Molina .... action and stunt performer
Joey Montalban .... action and stunt performer
Renato Morado .... associate fight director (as Nato Morado)
Warren Nicart .... action and stunt performer
Jeruels Noynoy .... action and stunt performer
Fredie Ojeda .... action and stunt performer
Luteo Palumbaril .... action and stunt performer
Manuel Panquito .... action and stunt performer
James Pascual .... action and stunt performer
Jhun Pave .... action and stunt performer
Roger Polanio .... action and stunt performer
Arvie Reazo .... action and stunt performer
Dantley Reyes .... action and stunt performer (as Dantly Reyes)
Mar Reyes .... action and stunt performer
Norvie Rivera .... action and stunt performer
Enlyn Romasata .... action and stunt performer
Pogu Romasata .... action and stunt performer
Romeo Sabiniano .... action and stunt performer
Norman San Jose .... action and stunt performer
Leo San Juan .... action and stunt performer
Nemie Santos .... action and stunt performer
Fred Seguido .... action and stunt performer (as Fred Seguino)
Arvey Singca .... action and stunt performer
Thana Srisuke .... stunt performer
Jun Taguinod .... action and stunt performer
Arnel Ual .... action and stunt performer
Jing Valiente .... action and stunt performer (as Jing Vaciente)
Larry Villa .... action and stunt performer
Nel Wailo .... action and stunt performer
Jeff Yadao .... action and stunt performer (as Jef Yadao)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elbert Alison .... lights crew
Ruel Angeles .... grip crew
Ruben Aruta .... grip crew
Dodong Asong .... crane operator
Rainer Bandiwa .... crane operator
Troy Bandiwa .... crane operator
Benny Bandiwan .... crane operator (as Benny Bomdivas)
Joel Bandiwan .... crane operator
Jun Bandiwan .... crane operator
Rudhard Bongay .... crane operator
Toti Botecario .... steadicam operator (as Toti Boticario)
Jun Bual .... steadicam operator
Marvin Cadua .... grip crew
John Rey Calibo .... grip crew (as Jhunney Calibo)
Edwin Carrasco .... gaffer
Joel Casaul .... crane operator
Jun Casaul .... crane operator
Sany Chua .... still photographer (as Sanny Chua)
Raymund Concepcion .... technical supervisor
Jun Dalawis .... second camera operator
Modesto Dasig .... grip crew
Noel De Vera .... assistant camera
Rey De Vera .... assistant camera
Totoy Dela Cruz .... crane operator
Dexter Delgado .... grip crew
Darry Delina .... camera department (as Dharry Delina)
Lino Delma .... digital imaging technician
Joel Dizon .... key grip
Alma S. Forte .... digital imaging technician (as Alma Forte)
Joel Gadon .... lights crew
Mark Golez .... grip crew (as Mark Holez)
Rodel Gumangan .... grip crew
Jorgen Jumalon .... lights crew
Rocky Ko .... behind-the-scene video
Cecar Kuntil .... crane operator
Ruben Lazaro .... lights crew
JR Legaspi .... crane operator
Jay Linaga .... key grip
Jay Linholm .... lights crew (as Jay Lindholm)
Jerico Malagday .... crane operator (as Jericho Malagdag)
Henry Martinez .... still photographer
Jojo Mejia .... crane operator (as Jojo Media)
Jhun Modesto .... camera department
Nelson Mojica .... additional camera operator
Jayson Montecalbo .... crane operator
Mico Naranjo .... lights crew
Gilbert Omandam .... lights crew
Robert Paconayen .... grip crew
Sam Paguyan .... camera department (as Sam Paguuyan)
Czar Pajarillo .... lights crew
Christopher Palcone .... grip crew
Cornelio Paras .... electrician
Jay-ar Pascua .... grip crew
Albie Pino .... gaffer
Antonio Quijano .... steadicam assistant
Greg Quimno .... lights crew
Arvin Rait .... camera department
Sherwin Rait .... generator operator
Welolar Rait .... grip crew
Daniel Reonico .... camera department
Daday Reyes .... crane operator
Regiben Romana .... additional camera operator
Julius Salarda .... assistant camera
Julius Salarda .... camera department
Frank Sam .... crane operator
Mario Santos .... grip crew
Benjamin Tabucol .... lights crew
Eugene Tumangob .... camera department
Renel Tupos .... lights crew (as Rennel Tupos)
Jowel Uy .... grip crew
Francis Yalung .... grip crew
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alice Capulong .... head wardrobe
Paul De Leon .... wardrobe assistant
Delfin Manabog .... wardrobe assistant
Jeff Mercado .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Sampayan .... wardrobe supervisor
Sunshine Teodoro .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Nessa Alcoresa .... laboratory staff (as Marinessa Alcoreza)
Mario F. Antonio .... laboratory staff (as Mario Antonio)
Adan Aspa .... post-production staff: Scenema Concept International
Mar Ben Bado .... post-production staff: Scenema Concept International
Patricio B. Baguio .... laboratory staff (as Patricio Baguio)
Roy A. Calais .... laboratory staff (as Roy Calais)
Oscar R. Camposano .... laboratory staff (as Oscar Camposano)
Wilfredo R. Camposano .... laboratory staff (as Wilfredo Camposano)
Armando C. Dizo .... laboratory staff (as Armando Dizo)
Ricardo A. Enriquez Jr. .... laboratory staff (as Ricardo Enriquez Jr.)
Rolando Eucasion .... associate editor (as Roland Eucasion)
Robert Q. Isagon .... laboratory staff
Roberto Jimeno .... laboratory staff
Rocky Ko .... assistant editor: Scenema Concept International
Pedring Lopez .... colorist: Welovepost
Mirana Medina-Bhunjun .... associate editor (as Mirana Medina)
Briliant Miranda .... data handler: Welovepost (as Brilliant Miranda)
Erik Oviedo .... associate editor
Raymond Pineda .... post-production staff: Scenema Concept International
Julian Paolo Quinto .... associate editor (as Julo Quinto)
Ryan San Pedro .... data handler: Welovepost
Benjamin M. Sanga .... laboratory staff (as Benjamin Sanga)
Ramon Sarmiento .... laboratory staff
Ernesto Sigasig .... laboratory staff
Reynaldo Q. Silvano Jr. .... laboratory staff (as Reynaldo Silvano)
Isabel A. Tagayona .... laboratory staff (as Isabel Tagayuna)
Edgar S. Villanueva .... laboratory manager (as Edgar Villanueva)
Maia Yambao .... associate editor (as Maia Yambao-Lopez)
Maia Yambao .... post producer: Welovepost (as Maia Yambao-Lopez)
Macis Yu .... data handler: Welovepost
 
Location Management
Darry Dela Cruz .... location manager
 
Music Department
Whannie Dellosa .... music score mixer
Robert Depano .... musician: live trumpet
Arnel Sevilla .... musician: live guitar
Ammie Ruth Suarez .... music editor (as Ammie Ruth-Suarez)
 
Transportation Department
Jojo Acuna Jr. .... service driver
Dennis Aldave .... service driver
Jasper Armamento .... service driver
Passel Bartolome .... picture vehicle
Ferdinand Castillo .... service driver
Eminel de Leon .... service driver
Erwin Estropia .... service driver
Robin Ihong .... service driver
Sean Lim .... picture vehicle
Marvin Marquez .... service driver
Arnel Umali .... service driver
 
Other crew
Mylene Adiar .... booking assistant: Viva Communications
Christopher Aguilar .... security escort
Zaldy Aguilar .... security escort
Ambo Ambrosio .... security escort
James Amparo .... operator: Manila Transfer (as James William Amparo)
Norman Arboleda .... security escort
Marbenrey Bactol .... production assistant (as Mar Ben Bactol)
Jaime G. Baltazar .... president: CMB Films Services (as Jim G. Baltazar)
Manuel Bangayan .... security escort
Nathaniel Bernales II .... website administrator
Erika Bernales .... website developer
Cecile Bitanga .... project coordinator: AMI Wildsound
Bernalyn P. Bolado .... senior chemist (as Bernalyn Bolado)
Marlon Bolivar .... marketing communications staff: Viva Communications
Elmer Buencamino .... technical operations manager: SQ Film Laboratories
Anna Cabrega .... catering services
Jason Cahapay .... chief technology officer: Welovepost
Lea A. Calmerin .... catering services (as Lea Calmerin)
Edwin Cammagay .... utility
Nelson Cammagay .... schedule master
Teddy Cammagay .... utility
Vivian Caparas .... assistant vice president for films marketing: Viva Communications
Dennis Castillo .... security escort
Quirven Cleofas .... utility
Jen Corpuz .... media buyer print
Soliman Cruz .... crowd director
Crispin Cuan .... official shuttler: Viva Communications
Rosalina N. Damian .... sales and marketing manager: SQ Film Laboratories (as Lennie Damian)
Grace Dee .... catering services
Vicente G. del Rosario III .... executive vice president: Viva Communications (as Vincent del Rosario)
Vic del Rosario Jr. .... president: Viva Communications (as Vic del Rosario)
Nanet Dela Pena .... advertising consultant
Nanet Dela Pena .... consultant: advertising
Bong Delgado .... security escort
Neil Desicado .... security escort
Emilio Diaz .... crowd control
Dario Domaoan .... security escort
Susan Episcope .... assistant vice president for theatrical sales: Viva Communications (as Susana Episcope)
Rolando Eucasion .... production assistant
Rustico S. Felipe .... timing department (as Rustico Felipe)
Moises Fernandez .... senior promo officer: Viva Communications
Katherine Ginez .... production assistant
Jane B. Gueta .... technical operations manager: Manila Transfer (as Jane Gueta)
Rico Gutierrez .... creative consultant
Albert Michael Idioma .... president: AMI Wildsound (as Mike Idioma)
Timi Idioma .... studio head: AMI Wildsound
Mariella Cassandra Ilano .... marketing communications staff: Viva Communications
Pepito D. Jacinto .... printing department (as Pepito Jacinto)
Phoebie Jimenez .... website developer
Arthur V. Juntado .... timing department (as Arthur Juntado)
Jessie Lasaten .... president and chief executive officer: Cutting Edge
Efren C. Lopera .... printing department (as Efren Lopera)
Pedring Lopez .... creative consultant
Pedring Lopez .... managing director: Welovepost
Phil Maceda .... security escort
Joselito H. Mag-atas .... printing department (as Joselito Mag-atas)
Romma Magbao .... production assistant
Tony Magtoto .... assistant vice president for marketing: Viva Communications (as Tony Matoto)
Renato Malapaya .... security escort
Edison Manaluz .... security escort
Jayson Manaluz .... security escort
Leomerando A. Manansala .... printing department (as Leomerando Manansala)
Boyet Manto .... security escort
Ping Medina .... website administrator
Troy Montero .... president and chief executive officer: Welovepost (as Cody Miller III)
Brandon Orphiano .... website developer
Jenny Ortiz .... research assistant
Cleo Paglinawan .... script continuity (as Cleofe Paglinawan)
Ferlin Parreno-Buenviaje .... assistant public relations manager: Viva Communications (as Ferlin Buenviejo)
Karen Ramos .... project coordinator: AMI Wildsound
June Rana .... security escort
Augie Rivera .... script consultant for post
Mike G. Rivera .... script consultant for post (as Mike Rivera)
Michelle Rizaldo .... website developer
Josefina Ronquillo-Solis .... traffic: Scenema Concept International (as Josefina Solis)
Alfredo Romeo Q. Santos .... president and general manager: SQ Film Laboratories (as Alfredo Romeo Santos)
Anastacio Angelo A. Santos .... research and development: SQ Film Laboratories (as Anastacio Angelo Santos)
Jem Santos .... head operations and administration: CMB Films Services
John R. Santos .... marketing communications staff: Viva Communications (as John Kriscel Santos)
Josel M. Santos .... billboard sites
Milagros Joyce A. Santos .... finance and administrative officer: SQ Film Laboratories (as Milagros Joyce Santos)
Carlos Saquing .... utility
Dennis C. Silvestre .... business development manager: SQ Film Laboratories (as Dennis Silvestre)
Jobert Sucaldito .... press coordinator
Pedro Taguinod .... security escort
Robert B. Talavera .... production coordinator: Viva Communications (as Robert Talavera)
Lauro Terencio .... security escort
Jerry Tomandao .... security escort
Yoly Unabia .... production assistant (as Yolly Eunaba)
Phoebe Cates Valencia .... project manager: Manila Transfer
Rowel Valencia .... utility
Boy Valenzuela .... crowd control
Evelyn Valenzuela .... talent coordinator
Israel Valenzuela .... crowd control
Arnold Vegafria .... media buyer television (as Arnold L. Vegafria)
Mark Velasco .... crowd control
Erlinda Villalon .... chief finance officer: Scenema Concept International
Leo Villalon .... chairman: Scenema Concept International
Leonard Villalon .... president: Scenema Concept International
Maylyn Villalon-Enriquez .... executive vice president: Scenema Concept International
Elson A. Villanueva .... timing department (as Elson Villanueva)
Felicito S. Villanueva .... printing department (as Felicito Villanueva)
Cyrus Villarosa .... marketing communications staff: Viva Communications
Maia Yambao .... vice president operations: Welovepost (as Maia Yambao-Lopez)
Buenaventura Yambot .... timing department
Dams Yu .... vice president marketing: Welovepost
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Before the film was shown, Tikoy Aguiluz requested the producers, through his lawyers, that his directorial credits in the film and promotional tools be removed because the final version of the film can no longer be described as his after the producers made a reedit, re-shoot and music mixing without his involvement. He also demanded that he be allowed to make a director's cut of the film.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Overrated. Could have been so much better., 20 September 2012
Author: arjayac from Philippines

If you don't know who's Asiong yet and don't want to read his biography on the web, I won't spoil you. Just know that this movie is only based on him and not 100% real.

First of all, I really feel bad for the Philippine Movie Industry. This film has won major movie awards locally and praised for all the wrong reasons. If you're really a fan of Hollywood blockbusters, you'll be disappointed

First off: "Best in Cinematography". I'm 50/50 on this. There were good camera angles. But since it's in B&W, there were some scenes where I just would like to scream "Turn on the lights!" or "Open some windows!".

"Best Editing". Nope. There was one scene where Asiong was crying while reading a letter. And then it cut to a love scene. And then back to him weeping. Editing of the Year, huh?

"Best Director". There were a lot of talented actors in this film like John Regala, Baron Geisler, Ronnie Lazaro, Yul Servo, hell, even Ketchup Eusebio. But if you can't help the main character in his acting skills, you don't deserve to win this award. Which brings me to the next one...

"Best Actor". I tried. I really tried. At first I was giving him a free pass because maybe it's just because the fight choreography sucked. But then I heard him speak/whisper. And ear excruciating dialog delivery. This man is a half older than the man he tries to portray. He looked like a 50 year old couch potato who tries to look for a 5 minute exercise on the shadow boxing scene. And in terms of facial expressions, he's the male Kristen Stewart of the Philippines. Note to producers: "Just because he portrayed Asiong 21 years ago, doesn't mean he should be him again".

"Best Production Designer". The set was nostalgic. So maybe it really deserves this award. One thing that was funny though was that wooden tables became barricades in gun fights. Whoops!

"Movie Musical Scorer of the Year". Nnnnnope. A lot of melodramatic music in the film even in parts where it doesn't need to be there. Totoy Golem playing pool had sad then terrifying music. He was trying to make a corner pocket dammit!

"Best Supporting Actor". I say yes. And I do feel Baron Geisler deserves his own lead actor role in a Film Festival movie. I just feel bad for Ping Medina and Yul Servo. Wasted actors given ridiculous lines in the movie. My favorite worst few lines by a good actor: "Domeng.... Si Asiong... Si Totoy Golem... Si Erning..... Si Asiong."

Did I mention that the direction/fight choreography was awful? Knife battles had a dramatic Samurai Battle ending. In one of the gun fights, Asiong blasts through a door in front of 5-10 armed men shooting at him and he just struts for a good 3 seconds before shooting somebody. During the stand off with Pepeng Hapon, about 10 shots were fired by each men and none hit. They were literally a few meters from each other. Near the end, a man gets shot in the arm and looked almost dying while Domeng gets shot in the shoulder and shrugs it off.

All in all, you can't take this movie seriously. If you've reached all the way through this paragraph then you have been warned. Take a laugh every once in a while (especially on the bicycle drive by scene) while watching this and maybe it wouldn't be so bad.

5/10

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