Reviewed by Movie Marker’s Dion Wyn as “a heart-warming experience full of wonder” and by Cinapse’s Ed Travis as “brimming with personality, revealing of a culture, and comes from the heart,” The Fabulous Filipino Brothers is the directorial debut of Fil-Am actor, writer, producer, and poet Dante Basco.
Director Dante Basco is known for his role as young Rufio, the Leader of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg’s Hook and notably known for his voice acting roles as Prince Zuko in Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Jake Long in Disney Channel’s American Dragon.
“Being a part of this industry for over 30 years, I would say that this is the perfect time to represent the Asian community. We are now entering this new era of storytelling with a new media so we have to create more stories that are told from our own Asian perspective. We put a lot of heart into the preparation of this film and it feels like I am sharing my family with the whole world so I hope the people will be able to enjoy it,” Director Dante Basco expressed.
Shot in Manila and Northern California, the film follows Director Dante with his real-life brothers Derek, Dionysio, and Darion Basco in four unique vignettes that would lead to a series of misadventures, cockfights, and a controversial Filipino wedding.
As an added treat for Filipino viewers, Solenn Heussaff and Tirso Cruz III have special cameos in the film, which features a wonderfully mixed Asian cast plus songs from Filipino R&B icon JayR, online celebrity singer AJ Rafael, and rising hip hop maven Ruby Ibarra.
In a special roundtable interview, we asked Director Dante Basco about the chance of Filipino talents and films taking a top spot in the global entertainment scene and what would it take for that to happen. and he said,
“It all comes down to GREAT STORIES, we gotta keep making movies, keep making media… make things, make something cool with a great story, people will find you when you make great stories. Filipinos are being a part of this whole movement that’s going on, it’s coming and maybe sooner than you know.”
WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE:
Produced by Cignal Entertainment and offering a fresh take on the genre of Asian-American romance comedy with an international flavor, The Fabulous Filipino Brothers will be available via pay per view on Cignal for only Php 200 and KTX.ph for Php 249.
“Cignal Entertainment is honored to bring an impressive line-up of high-quality movies to Filipino audiences. With Dante Basco’s The Fabulous Filipino Brothers leading our new batch of movie offerings, we are confident that this humorous yet heartwarming family comedy will give viewers a wider understanding of the unique Filipino culture that binds us wherever we are in the world. We are also proud to announce that we will soon be presenting two more internationally recognized Filipino films from award-winning directors, Brillante Mendoza’s Resbak (Payback) and Jun Lana’s Big Night!,”
Cignal TV Inc. CEO and President Robert P. Galang
The film Resbak (Payback) by Brilliante Mendoza depicts the life of a man named Isaac (portrayed by Vince Rillon), who steals motorcycles and works for a local syndicate to pay for his father’s debt. In the middle of a transaction, the police entrap Isaac who is a subject of its investigation, and what follows is a hot pursuit that leads to a riveting ending. On the other hand, Jun Lana’s latest film, Big Night!, gives a different perspective on the country’s drug war as the story revolves around a gay hairdresser named Dharna (Christian Bables) who finds out that his name is included in his barangay’s watchlist for drug users. In an effort to remove his name from the list, he tries to ask help from the town officials who make him do favors and tasks in return.
“These internationally acclaimed films show Cignal Entertainment’s dedication to continuously inspire Filipinos with high quality original content. We would like to congratulate the talents and teams behind The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, Resbak (Payback), and Big Night! for representing our country to the whole world. Brilliante Mendoza’s Resbak (Payback) is going to be one of the film entries to compete in the Tokyo International Film Festival, while Jun Lana’s Big Night! will be having its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Europe. We hope that these recognitions will not only make Filipinos proud, but also motivate more aspiring local artists, filmmakers, and writers to produce content and showcase their talents,”
Maria Isabel “Belay” Santillan, Vice President for Cignal Entertainment
Don’t miss The Fabulous Filipino Brothers on Pay-Per-View starting October 18 until November 15 on KTX.ph and Cignal.
Stay tuned for more updates as The Fabulous Filipino Brothers will be coming soon on Netflix and Cignal Play.
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