Filipino Films or Pinoy Films has never managed to draw as much attention as other industries around Asia, at least not yet. While the Korean and Japanese film industries have continuously flourished, we can’t say the same about the Philippines. I personally feel that the Pinoy Film Industry was at the peak of its powers during 70’s and 80’s.
It has often times been called ‘corny’ or ‘predictable’ or simply lacking ‘originality’. But that does not mean though that there are no good films that are coming out from the country right now. A few number of films have played the grandest film festivals such as Cannes and have been very well received. Especially recently, with films like Herneral Luna, Ma’ Rosa, Motherland etc the industry seems to be picking momentum back up again. In this article we are listing down the top movies from Philippines ever made (till 2017). You can watch some of these best Filipino movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Alpha Kappa Omega Batch ’81 (1982)
A 1982 Philippine dramatic film Directed by Mike de Leon that follows 7 neophytes striving to enter a Greek Letter Fraternity. The sadomasochistic initiation rituals are dangerous and violent. We see the film from the eyes of a neophyte character named Sid Lucero. The film was screened at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982.
The film is a strong metaphor for the ugly face of fascism. De Leon uses the initiation rituals as symbols of metaphor of Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos. The members are stripped off their individual rights, while going through public humiliation and torture. It is gripping and thrilling but mostly, it is an important film.
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