Chantal / XIX / she/her
Melodrama enthusiast, Nida Blanca propagandist.
Skimmed through the reviews here, and I don't even understand how it's possible to rate this anything less than 4 stars. It's been some time since I last watched a Hong Kong martial arts movie, and it feels good to be back! I love the breathless staccato rhythm, the relentless top-class stunts, and even the humor (though, of course, there are some jokes that haven't aged well)! Very pleasantly surprised to find out that this was directed by Sammo Hung…
Went into the movie worried that this was going to be as insufferable as Dalagang Ilokana after seeing that, despite having missing scenes, the film’s length ran at 1h58m. Turns out I was wrong! Although F.H. Constantino does go the Sampaguita route and makes half the movie a comedy and the other half a drama, I feel like he balances the two genres much better? The dramatic portions aren't as eyeroll-inducing except, maybe, the last few scenes. The pace felt…
"Ah, but this country has a poor memory, ninong."
I'm surprised to say that I was enamoured by this film. Shot like a 40s Hollywood production, with all the melodrama, over the top dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, a grand score, and the occasional hammy performance. This film painted a picture of a time I had never known, but one so familiar. I have never felt more touched.
I especially adored the performances of Conrad Parham as Tony and Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana as…