A group of four old friends conformed by a film director, a film writer, an actress and her husband share a big house in the country. Their coexistence is menaced by a young couple who ... See full summary »
Juan José Campanella
Early 1700: Cartographer J.Green/Forbidden Kingdom (2014) is back to map Russian Far East. He's forced on to China, where he confronts the Dragon Master et al. The iron masked Russian Tsar escapes Tower of London to a Russian ship.
The director of Mystikal (2010) celebrates the 500th anniversary of the most incredible journey by sea ever made. 1519. Seville, Andalusia (south to Spain). Juan Sebastian Elcano is a young and irresponsible man who only wants to live as captain of his little boat, but due to the debts he has with the bank of the city, bank manager confiscates Elcano's boat and orders the guards arrest him as defaulter. Trying avoid the jail, Elcano enlists as part of an expedition of five ships commanded by Portuguese Admiral Fernando de Magallanes, nicknamed The Navigator, in order to arrive in Moluca Islands (Indonesia) to get spices, very valuable by Kingdom of Castile that rules Spain. But Portuguese ambassador Dacosta tries that the trip fails since Moluca Islands belongs Kingdom of Portugal, and hires Yago as spy and saboteur to prevent the success of the journey. Unaware of it, Magallanes completes the crew of the five ships (Trinidad, San Antonio, Concepcion, Victoria and Santiago) and starts...Written by
This fast-paced, 1.5 hour, animated film is fictionalized history meant for Spanish kids. The plot is for the fleet to sail west, past the Americas, get spices from the Moluccas, and sail back to Spain, all while avoiding the Portuguese. The portion that Filipino reviewers (who haven't even seen this movie) complain about lasts for about 5-7 minutes, when the protagonists make a brief stop in Cebu and Mactan islands. Lapu-lapu, the Mactan chief, appears for a few seconds and is a brave, muscular guy, as opposed to the corpulent Humabon, the king of Cebu. The battle of Mactan lasts for about a minute. There is nothing about "colonization" in this film. It is all about survival and discovery in the first circumnavigation of the world. Oh, and by the way, I am also Filipino.
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