Monday, April 9, 2012

I chanced upon this documentary while surfing the internet for documentaries. It's a documentary of a rarely talked-about genre of Filipino-made but American-produced movies shot in the Philippines in the 1970s to the 1980s. At that time our country was known as the Wild, Wild East as the the United States as the Wild, Wild West. These films were known as exploitation films ranging from the blaxploitation, nudist, horror, women in prison, etc. Movies of the lowest quality with inconceivable plots and bad acting whose main ingredients were the 3 Bs: Blood, Battles and Breasts. It talks about the ironies of the movies being made such that most of the themes is the movie are about fascist characters making lives of the hero/heroines miserable while shot in a country ruled by a dictator making lives of his people miserable. Another irony is that it promoted feminism by making the women the lead in the movies while also exploiting and punishing them in the process.

It's a nice look-back to a not so flattering but important history of Philippine Cinema. These movies should not be taken seriously because they were made specific to a market in the US, cheap and released mostly in drive-through cinemas.

Warning: This film is not suitable for children below 18 years old.