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Tagalog Cinema and Tamil Cinema:Some Similarities

Among the lesser known cinemas of SE Asia, Tagalog cinema of Philippines provides striking similarities with Tamil cinema and other Indian cinemas. Making use of a conference trip to Manila last month, I did some field work (on shooting locations and directors’ abodes) to come to terms with my notions of similarities between the essential conditions of subaltern cinemas in different geographical and cultural locations of SE and S Asia.

One of the essential conditions in which subaltern cinemas of Asia find themselves concern the institution of film censorship. The other essential conditions are defined by factors such as star system, piracy, crossmedia competition, steady erosion of theatre going film audience and the haunting possibility that cinema as we know it will be a thing of the past in the not distant future.

I had a lively session with one of the doyens of Philippines cinema, Mr Maryo J. de los Reyes, during my visit and also spend  hours  watching him and his crew at work on his  yet to be named current project with Star Cinema.  For a taste of what is doing rounds about the film, visit http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=273587&page=3

Maryo’s last film Magnifico (2003) won him laurels at home and abroad. In particular, the awards it won at the Berlin film festival are seen as proof that Tagalog cinema can be counted for its contribution to world cinema.

I will write more on the similarities between Tamil cinema and Tagalog cinema in the days to come.


1 Kishore Budha { 05.06.07 at 5:39 am }

Thanks once again for this side-track, which completely opens up the space of discussions about cinema. Could you tell us if this is an example of tagalog cinema?


If yes, you could show it on your blog.

2 Ravi { 05.07.07 at 12:18 pm }

Yes. this film ‘mahal kita final answer’released in 2002 is an example of tagalog cinema, but not the better one to relate through

3 Jason Paul Laxamana { 07.30.07 at 5:01 pm }

Good evening, Sir. I am the male student whom you had a conversation with in Maryo J. Delos Reyes’ shoot. I’ve lost the contact details you gave me and the websites, which I am dying to visit. I also want to exchange insights with you regarding marginalized cinema.

4 Gopalan Ravindran { 03.20.12 at 3:10 am }

Jason, thanks for remembering me and you are most welcome to discuss your interests on marginalised cinemas. My id:gopalanravindran@gmail.com

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