The local entertainment industry is still struggling due to a string continuous flop of movies in cinemas, but the Valentine’s Day movie of LizQuen changed the dismal atmosphere with their movie ‘Alone/Together.’
Let us first take a review of some movies who were out in cinemas from January to February 2019.
BOY TOKWA: LODI NG GAPO – directed by Tony Reyes, it stars Jose Manalo, with Joey Marquez, Buboy Villar, and Karel Marquez, among others. From VST Production Specialists, Inc. (with senate president Tito Sotto or Vicente Sotto III as executive producer).
It is based on a true story of Rodrigo Morelos’ (aka Boy Tokwa). It is also the story of his grandson who heads back to the Philippines in search of the truth about his grandfather.
SAKALING MAGING TAYO – directed by JP Habac, it stars Elisse Joson and McCoy De Leon, with Chai Fonacier, Paulo Angeles, and Milo Elmido Jr. The movie is a collaboration from Quantum Films and ABS-CBN Films’ Black Sheep outfit.
A story of two college freshmen, Pol (McCoy de Leon) and Laya (Elisse Joson). Pol is about to spend a care-free night in a music festival and accidentally meet Laya who is about to move back to Manila to escape from being brokenhearted, during their last day of school in Baguio City.
ELISE – directed by Joel Ferrer, it stars Janine Gutierrez and Enchong Dee, with Victor Anastacio, Laura Lehmann, and Miel Espinoza, from Regal Entertainment.
Another one inspired by a true story, this romantic film is about ex-lovers who meet again.
A sad truth about these movies is their lackluster quality that some of them spent so much for the production but the movies earned less. Even ‘Time & Again’ pulled-out from the cinemas.
But for LizQuen movie ‘Alone/Together’ was a hit. The only sold-out movie among all the other movies the has been screened. They are now on their second week and accordingly they already earned a 7-million gross income as of February 20.
On Tuesday, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil went to Dubai to attend a sold-out screening of ‘Alone/Together’ at the Reel Cinema in The Dubai Mall.
Despite the continued flop of movies, except for ‘Alone Together,’ producers still have their hopes and continue to produce quality and inspiring movies.
It’s “boycott for Filipino movies in cinemas” – Movie outfits have been using this as a reason for not earning in theaters this week.
We are aware that there were some speculations on directors who were calling for a boycott, on social media, for Robin Padilla’s’ movie ‘Bato: The General Ronald Dela Rosa Story.’
But for Arjo Atayde’s movie and that of Gelli de Bellen with Ariel Rivera, are their movies been boycotted too?
It’s really hard to believe the fact that film outfits report that their movies have been boycotted as a reason for not gaining that much in the box-office. There were also rumors that Vice Ganda’s movie “Fantastica” was planned to be boycotted but still the movie earned more than 500 million pesos, and was viewed not only in the Philippines but also in other countries.
Shall we claim then that movies like “Sakaling Maging Tayo” of Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon and “Boy Tokwa: Lodi ng Gapo” of Jose Manalo which flopped in cinemas have also been boycotted?
The truth behind this seems to be the lack of promotion for the said Filipino movies. Perhaps, the producers believed that the promotion given bloggers and the free advertisement on Facebook were enough to promote their movies while minimizing their promotional expenses.
This can be a much more acceptable reason to explain why there were lots of Filipino movies that flopped this past week.
During the Metro Manila Film Festival of 2018 (MMFF), netizens already knew what movies they wanted to watch. There were series of interviews and promotions for the cast members of the entry movies.
Unlike those movies that recently flopped in cinemas, the filmfest entries were not announced early on and were kept it secret, while production were working on their respective projects, and only revealed the details of the movie entries when it was nearly showing in cinemas on Christmas Day.
Let’s us consider now which matters can have a bigger impact on why some movies are not viewed in cinemas, as well as the people who still love to support their favorite actors/actresses even if somebody would call for a “boycott” of their films.
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Eat Bulaga co-host and comedian Jose Manalo stars in his first lead role ever in Boy Tokwa: Lodi ng Gapo. This remained under VST Productions and Tony Y. Reyes‘ direction. This is also based on the true story of Rodrigo Morelos‘ (aka Boy Tokwa) life which was from the accounts of his friends.
Boy Tokwa movie features his grandson seeking for the truth about his grandfather.
The movie sought Boy’s grandson, Andy Morelos Woods. He is heading back to the Philippines to search and ask for the truth about his grandfather. Andy learned that Boy’s ultimate dream was to go to USA.
Boy Tokwa’s dreams led him to be a con-artist.
Boy’s wit, ability and skills in card games became his tools of survival in Olongapo. He later became a con-artist that only targets foreigners. The community loved him due to his loving nature, generosity and loyalty to friends. In Olongapo, he met and courted Naval Officer Anne McArthur which was Gen. Douglas McArthur‘s granddaughter.
He, however, was turned down and led him to meet Patricia Woods, another Naval Officer. They got married and was blessed with a child. Boy found himself in conflict within his community which he also considered his family. Boy Tokwa also has Joey Marquez, Karel Marquez, Allan Paule, Buboy Villar and Gian Sotto in the cast. The movie opens on Tuesday, January 8.
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