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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ersatz Film See more »
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Funny and compelling
21 July 2018 | by brainwave-2See all my reviews

HP Mendoza is an amazing filmmaker who never let's you off easy. This film is a great look at a dysfunctional Filipino family coming together to confront old demons. Mendoza never lets you relax by saying simply: this is the bad guy, this is the good guy. Writing and performances are great. Well worth looking for.


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