Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story is a film made by Scenema Concept International, distributed thru VIVA Films and with help of CMB Film services. It has an all-star cast led by Jeorge Estregan, Carla Abellana, Phillip Salvador, Joko Diaz, Ketchup Eusebio, Yul Servo, Baron Geisler, Jay Manalo, John Regala, Jaycee Parker, Ping Medina, Paloma, Valerie Concepcion, Dennis Padilla, and a whole lot more. Screenplay by Roy Iglesias and Rey Ventura, Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz and produced by Maylyn Enriquez and Leonard Villalon.
- Technical aspects, they’re really doing good. Even if there are some bits of lapses, it doesn’t really matter. They executed things up with as perfect as they could. I’m talking about visual effects by the way. The sounds, musical scoring, very appropriately. What I really mean is that in some cases or scenes in this film that may went wrong in the eyes of the viewers, some factors also filled its gap — which is good to keep the momentum and flow as the story goes by.
- Story. Well, I know some excerpts of this movie were not really shown or the other way around, but at least what more can I say? Of all the 7 entries of MMFF, this thing’s a real deal! I mean, real story, real news, everything. And one more thing — Quotable quotes. There are lines from the movie where you can feel the real swag of one’s character.
- Cast. Nothing more to say. It’s always been like every year that every movie entry to the film fest were star-studded. What’s the difference on this movie is that perhaps the mixed fusion. There were old veterans of action movies in this one with the younger ones whom were representing the other side of today. (You know what I mean, perhaps)
- Soundtrack. I haven’t heard yet any songs from the other movies if there are any, but the 2 tracks showcased in this film were barely amazing. Ely Buendia had a cameo role in one of scenes where he was playing the band’s singer for the movie track “La Paloma,” while the other track “Hari ng Tondo” were performed by rapper Gloc-9 and Denise Barbacena.
see the enitre playlist at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgE-KYo2pNE&list=PL55608EC60BABC04C&feature=plpp_play_all
Well, whether they’re running last or not in terms of sales-speaking, I can only tell another thing: This film deserves to win! If not here, then at the international side of life. (Well, it’s kinda impressive that they have won several awards in the last year’s awarding night) Lead actor, whose uncle former-Philippine President Joseph Ejercito Estrada also played the lead role of the same movie in 1961, insists that the goal is not to be the festival box-office top-grosser, but instead focused on the other side. “Our objective is to make a quality film that we can proudly send to festivals abroad.” He is pleased with the high mark from the CEB. “It made us forget all the hardships and sleepless nights.”