Welcome back for our 8th season of screening films from Southeast Asia!
Taiwan (2009, 82 min)
Tagalog, Taiwanese, Mandarin, English
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Korean Studies Auditorium
Director: Ho Wi Ding
Cast: Bayani Agbayani, Epy Quizon, Alessandra De Rossi, Meryll Soriano
PINOY SUNDAY is not a typical Taiwan film. Firstly, it plays out primarily in Tagalog, with only occasional snippets of dialogue spoken in Taiwanese, Mandarin or English. Secondly, it maintains a fairly light-hearted tone, telling a simple story of Filipino migrant workers without feeling compelled to get bogged down in social commentary or berate the injustices of an unfair society. Instead, Malaysian-born writer-director Ho Wi Ding lets his film ride for the most part on the shoulders of his two lead actors – Jeffrey “Epy” Quizon and Bayani Agbayani – a task they effortlessly accomplish through their natural charisma and frequently hilarious onscreen chemistry.
On their day off, the pair happens upon a recently discarded sofa sitting outside an apartment building and, although many miles from home with no means of transportation, they commit themselves to hiking it back to their factory dorm. And so begins a hilarious journey, brimming with incidents and pitfalls that over the course of the day will push Dado and Manuel’s friendship to its breaking point.
Charming, effective and with a breezy air of joie de vivre, PINOY SUNDAY is a delight from start to finish.
-James Marsh, Twitchfilm.com
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