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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Metro Manila trailer: this is how you sell a film

Of course the lack of dialogue here is meant to disguise the fact that the film is mostly not in English (although British audiences don’t seem to have quite the same aversion to reading subtitles as U.S. ones do). But having seen the film — it’s fantastic — I can tell you that this is a fair representation of what the movie feels like that hints at what it’s about without actually revealing anything at all.

The question then is: Does this succeed in making potential audiences want to see it? What do you think?


UK release date: Sep 20 2013
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  • Bluejay

    the film is mostly not in English

    Not even Taglish? ;-)

    I’m glad to have found out about both CBGB and this film from your site. Thanks for posting these trailers.

  • I want to see it. It looks wonderfully interesting.

    Also I agree with Bluejay – please feel free to cut down on trailers for Grown-ups 2 and Riddick if it means we’ll get more stuff like this and CBGB, both of which I didn’t know about.

  • Steve Gagen

    Looks interesting – love the sounds! I’d go and see it. I don’t mind subtitles – I hate dubbing though.

  • Same here! I would never have heard of those films otherwise.

  • That looks fantastic! Yes, I now want to see it. Thanks, AGAIN, for introducing me to yet another movie I hadn’t heard of.

    When does this come out in the U.S.?

  • RogerBW

    Yeah, I’ve been catching some trailer feeds in the last few days but this hasn’t shown up. I very much like the way they use the Sundance banner to make it look like an “aren’t these primitive natives cute and noble” flick, then yank that out with the crime-flick stuff.

    Looks good!

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