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Elwood Perez’s ‘OTSO’: The Right Vehicle to Claim His Great Comeback


Among the celebrated veteran directors in the Film Development Council of the Philippines’ Sineng Pambansa All-Masters National Film Festival, which will run from September 11 to 17 at SM Cinemas nationwide, the name Elwood Perez is one to watch out for—especially on the material he has collaborated with Vincent M. Tañada of the multi-awarded and critically-acclaimed theater company—Philippine Stagers Foundation for the film ‘OTSO’.


With a simple plot—the movie attempts to present the journey of an ambidextrous, aging author (for an indie film) named Lex. In the process of his writing (the story he has in mind)—he encountered a woman whom he has fallen in love with, a kept woman of a politician. The statuesque woman is not just involved with one man, but with another married man, who happens to be a security guard and who has an asthmatic wife and one son.

Sabina, Lex’s apple of the eyes is also having an affair with Hans—as both is even the subject of Lex’s script. Meanwhile, Lex has developed friendship with Han’s son named Brent.

Tañada portrays Lex, Monique Azerreda as Sabina and Jordan Ladra as Hans.

If back in the 80s, Perez is known for films like ‘Shame’ (1983) with the late Claudia Zobel, ‘Ibulong Mo sa Diyos’ (1988) with Vilma Santos, ‘Bilangin ang Bituin sa Langit (1989) with Nora Aunor, perhaps this film is something that the ‘thinking’ audiences would go, apart from the drama it could offer.

What is probably remarkable about the story is not just about the acting of the new actors, but of the memorable appearances of veteran actress Anita Linda as herself, as Perez pays tribute to the mother of indie films. All the actors involved in creating this film are all brilliant, but one actor that made some shining-through moments is—Gabby Bautista—the boy who acted as Brent, who eventually finished Lex’s story. He was in his essence and was very natural in breathing into the role.

‘OTSO’ is simple in its plot, but complex in its execution. It only not attempted to challenge the audience to pursue and support the arts. It is also shot mostly in black and white, which gives the movie a different character altogether.

Lex, the lead character, maybe be a ‘peeping tom’ in some ways, he provided an image of what ‘real’ writers must write—the truth. No matter how elusive his dream was—like the ponies he’s fascinated with—utilized as a symbol that represents Lex’s dream.

Due to some sexy scenes, which I think is necessary to establish Lex’s character—the film is not suitable for young audiences.

Is ‘OTSO’, Direk Elwood Perez’s right vehicle to claim back as his comeback movie with a great punch after a 10-year hiatus from doing films? His meticulousness in every aspect of the film could well put him back in making films in the coming days. Welcome back Direk Elwood.

For block screening tickets, you may reach +639273913447. Scheduled block screening is on September 11, Wednesday, 7PM at SM Mall of Asia Cinema 3.

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  • Star Cinema, Reality Entertainment bring together Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre in ‘OTJ’


    On Wednesday, August 28, the internationally-acclaimed, action-thriller of Reality Entertainment and Star Cinema titled ‘OTJ’ (On The Job) is set to open in cinemas nationawide with Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, and Joel Torre leading its powerfulcast and Erick Matti as its director.

    Official poster of 'OTJ'. Image courtesy of Star Cinema.

    Official poster of ‘OTJ’. Image courtesy of Star Cinema.

    Apart from the film’s recognition at the 2013 Puchon International Fantastic (PiFan) Film Festival for Joel Torre’s best actor award, it also takes pride for being featured in the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France in May this year.

    Matti was very vocal in a blog conference on casting Piolo Pascual—has always been in his mind despite some options that came in just to pursue the said movie project. Also, he admitted that he’s lucky to have worked with Gerald Anderson, which was about to start a new soap, but Star Magic was generous enough to let the actor start shooting for the film.

    Among the top names included in the cast are Joey Marquez, Angel Aquino, Shaina Magdayao, Empress Schuck, Dawn Jimenez, Leo Martinez, Vivian Velez, and Rayver Cruz. William Martinez, Rosanna Roces, Michael de Mesa, JM de Guzman also have their cameo roles in ‘OTJ’.

    For more information and latest updates on ‘OTJ’ as well as other Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary movie offerings, visit StarCinema.com.ph, its facebook page and twitter account.

    Yoshinoya re-opens its Robinsons Galleria outlet


    After the re-opening of Yoshinoya’s outlet in SM North EDSA on May 4 this year, its Robinsons Galleria branch followed suit on August 12, and still situated on Level 1, East Wing of the said mall.

    I posed with other bloggers and Yoshinoya management team who attended the re-opening of Yoshinoya Robinsons Galleria re-opening. Photograph by Ria Hazel Lumandog.

    I posed with other bloggers and Yoshinoya management team who attended the re-opening of Yoshinoya Robinsons Galleria re-opening. Photograph by Ria Hazel Lumandog.

    Yoshinoya is best known for its delicious, affodable, and fast meals, which consist of of beef and rice bowl recipes.

    It has its beginnings in a humble fish market in Chou-ku, Tokyo, in the outskirts of Edo Castle with Eikichi Matsuda as its founder. Matsuda’s gyudon (beef bowl) entirely new concept in Japanese culture, was an instant hit to the hard-working fishermen and market visitors.

    When Great Kanto earthquake hit Japan in 1923, Yoshinoya was forced to move to Tsukiji with the rest of the fish market and its growing patrons, too.

    Eikichi Matsuda’s son, Mizuho Matsuda transformed its business into an all-day, all-night (24-hour) fastfood-type of restaurant in 1946 and it became more popular in Japan with more than 1000 outlets to date. In the world, apart from Japan, there are more than 1,400 Yoshinoya restaurants in countries like the USA, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines with six stores in Metro Manila.

    The recently re-opened stores boast not only of its more lively painted walls with orangy color, but also has well-lit dining areas with framed items of iconic Japanese images hanging on its walls. It’s not just that, Yoshinoya has added more recipes in its menu list for its Filipino patrons and foodies to enjoy. Available new offerings are—Maki variants, Yoshi Chicken, Kani Salad, and Yasai Itame.

    Century Pacific Group under its retail arm, Yoshinoya Century Pacific Incorporated also set to re-open its SM Megamall outlet on September 16 and intends to open two new more stores within the year with upcoming exciting products to choose from.

    For more information, visit its site or like its facebook page.