The year is 1900. The setting is a sleepy, small village in the Philippines. A group of American soldiers arrive to secure the area and rid of it any rogue elements. It’s nothing new to the villagers of San Isidro. They’ve been under the Spanish rule, until recently. It’s the same white people in different clothes (nice blue wool shirts and cream colored khaki pants, I might add).
Director John Sayles has spent his career portraying stories based on important, neglected American history on film, and giving voice to the voiceless. In Amigo, his 17th feature, one small piece of American Imperialism is at work in Southeast Asia at the turn of the 20th century.