at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Big Time

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 @ 6:30pm
Philippines, 2005 (90 mins)
Tagalog with English subtitles

Dir: Mario Cornejo
Screenplay: Mario Cornejo, Monster Jimenez
Cast: Michael De Mesa, Winston Elizalde, Nor Domingo, Jamie Wilson, Joanne Miller

This film was translated and subtitled by the Tagalog and Philippine literature students of Professor Pia Arboleda, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, UHM.

Danny (Winston Elizalde) and Jonas (Nor Domingo) are petty crooks whose idea of going big-time is kidnapping the only daughter of a middle-class couple for a ransom price of 50,000 pesos (US$1,200).

Director Mario Cornejo and his co-writer Monster Jimenez, in pitting two small-time crooks with the complications of big time criminality, reflects on the absurd situation of Philippine society, where the gap between rich and poor is undeniable in its extent, where it is not only social status or financial capability that separate them but also their needs, wants, and cultures.

Big Time, with all its overt silliness and glaring implausibility, is tons of fun. It takes cognizance of the overwhelmingly real injustice that attaches to Filipino society without employing shock tactics or drowning its artistry with revolts or laments. Instead, it dwells on the absurdity of the societal situation of big dreams, quick fixes and unfathomable repercussions.

-Francis Cruz,

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