Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, Producers' Cut!

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo (2015)

Rated PG-13 (For Violence)

Running Time: 99 minutes (1 hour and 39 minutes)

Genre/s: Action, Biographical, Drama, Historical

Released on December 25, 2014 (Original Film PH Release Date) and on November 25, 2015 (PH Re-Release Date)

Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Producers’ Cut is produced by Fernando Ortigas for Tuko Films Productions and Eduardo Rocha for Buchi Boy Films. It is distributed by Solar Entertainment.

Writers: Keiko Aquino, Carlo Obispo and Enzo Williams

Director: Enzo Williams

  • Robin Padilla as Andres Bonifacio
  • Vina Morales as Gregoria De Jesus/Oriang
  • Eddie Garcia as The Curator of the Museum of Philippine Political History
  • Daniel Padilla as Joaquin
  • Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Andrea
  • RJ Padilla as Gary
  • Jericho Rosales as Dr. Jose Rizal

Hindi pa tapos ang rebolusyon! (The revolution is not yet over!) Maligayang pagbati sa inyo mga kaibigan, (Welcome friends) and today we will give recognition to the filming industry of the Philippines. Don't get me wrong, almost all the mainstream movies in our country is indeed far from stellar, but there have been a few hidden gems. Take this film as an example. The movie which has been released last year 2014, will be re-released by our dear old friends at Solar Pictures, who you might remember tasked us to talk about Ghoul last time. In commemoration of Bonifacio Day this coming November 30, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Producers’ Cut which is produced by Fernando Ortigas for Tuko Films Productions and Eduardo Rocha for Buchi Boy Films and distributed by Solar Entertainment, opens last Wednesday, November 25 in select cinemas in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Manila, SM Fairview, and SM Sta. Mesa.

What is the movie about?

Told through the eyes of Joaquin, Andrea and Gary, played by Daniel and RJ Padilla (Sa Ngalan Ng Ama, Ina, at Mga Anak) and Curtis-Smith (Resureksyon) respectively, the movie follow the three classmates uncovering the truths about Andres Bonifacio, a national hero, through flashbacks. They were aided by a Curator, played by Garcia (Bwakaw), who wants the students to know the truth.

Following the capture of Dr. Jose Rizal, played by Rosales (ABNKKBSNPLAko?!) Andres Bonifacio, played by Robin Padilla (10,000 Hours), formed the Filipino revolutionary organization known as the Katipunan or the KKK - Samahang Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, to ensure the freedom of his fellow countrymen. Amidst the turmoil brought upon by the chaos, Bonifacio persuades the Filipinos to start an open rebellion, and later on finds supports in his then-beloved Gregoria De Jesus, who operates under the name Aling Oriang, played by Morales ('Di Puwedeng Hindi Pwede).

However, internal disarray erupts as the Spaniards left a trail of rebel bodies in the wake of the organization's emergence. Not only that, a power play for the leadership of Bonifacio's comrades is occurring, and it looks as if his friends see him more now as an enemy than as a commander. Bonifacio must gather his wits and lead the people to freedom!

History lessons are never going to be boring again, as this is clearly a sign that stories such as this one can be made entertaining, thought-provoking and creative at the same time. Did we mention that there is a possibility of making a shared universe with the property? Well technically it is bizarre, and it could most certainly be challenging, but who knows? Maybe it could be as good as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Shared Universe.

Anyway, be sure to check out the producers' cut of the award-winning film.  It won the Best Picture Category in last year's Metro Manila Film Festival and again this year, it won recognition at FAMAS and Star Awards.  Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Producers' Cut will be bigger, better and more action-packed and contains new-never-before-seen footages from its main star Robin Padilla. It will be shown with English subtitles.  It's local release will coincide with its US premier in New York this November 30.  Earlier this year, the movie has its European premier in Barcelona, Spain and was commended with a standing ovation.   That is really a great news for everyone.  This is what the local film industry has been waiting for ... a chance to prove itself.  Seriously guys check it out and with that, I bid thee farewell!


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