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Bitter Melon (2018)

Bitter Melon is a "home for the holidays" dark comedy where a Filipino-American family plots to kill an abusive member.

Director:

H.P. Mendoza

Writer:

H.P. Mendoza

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Norman Schneider ... Declan
Patrick Epino ... Troy
Brian Rivera ... Moe
L.A. Renigen ... Tiva
Theresa Navarro Theresa Navarro ... Shelly
Josephine de Jesus Josephine de Jesus ... Prisa
Amelie Anima Amelie Anima ... Mina
Sohr Picart Sohr Picart ... Divina
Jonathan Enerva ... Boy
Esperanza Catubig ... Jeannie
Anna Ishida Anna Ishida ... Lisa
Corey Jackson ... Marcus
Ryan Morales Ryan Morales ... Lionel
Safiya Fredericks ... Julie
Vint Carmona Vint Carmona ... Rogelio
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BITTER MELON is the third feature film from filmmaker H.P. Mendoza (Colma: The Musical, Fruit Fly, I Am a Ghost). It is the story of a Filipino-American family who reunites for a Christmas party at the family home in San Francisco only to find out that Troy, the second oldest child, has been ruling the house with fear-intimidating everyone who lives there-including his mother, and even physically abusing his wife. What starts as a fun holiday reunion turns into a darkly humorous crime scene as Declan, the youngest son, leads the family as they conspire on how to best murder the violent and abusive Troy.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Ersatz Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Engaging and original
28 December 2018 | by diamondintheroughfilmsSee all my reviews

Bitter Melon is a fresh take on indie filmmaking that is consistently engaging and original throughout. The cast is diverse, the music score is haunting (especially the end credits song by the director himself) and the plot takes some nice twists and turns. It's a strong film from an original voice.


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