Project 8 Corner San Joaquin Projects announced that their upcoming superhero film Mang Jose, which is based on a Parokya ni Edgar song, will debut at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in South Korea.
The Manila-based production company, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, June 15, said the film “will be having its WORLD PREMIERE at the BIFAN.” The festival runs from July 8 to 15.
“Kamsahamnida (thank you), BIFAN! D’yan na unang maghahasik ng lagim tuwing sasapit ang dilim si Mang Jose!” the production company said. (Thank you, BIFAN! This will be the first place where Mang Jose will spread fear whenever darkness falls).
BIFAN is considered one of the largest film festivals in Asia. It is held annually in July in the city of Bucheon, South Korea. The festival commonly showcases “fantastic-genre films” to provide a new perspective on the genre, while also promoting different cultures through the films.
Philippine entry Mang Jose is based on the hit 2005 song of the same name by Filipino band Parokya ni Edgar. The film tells the story of a superhero who only saves people if they rent him. Using his energy absorption and redirection powers, he is tasked to rescue a young man’s mother from the hands of a cunning villainess named King Ina.
Mang Jose stars actor and comedian Janno Gibbs as the titular hero, with Mikoy Morales, Bing Loyzaga, Jerald Napoles, and Manilyn Reynes joining the cast. Mang Jose is produced by Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone, and directed by Raynier Brizuela.
Brizuela participated in the BIFAN Fantastic Film School in 2016. He won the Best Short award at the 2016 CineFilipino Film Festival for Dayuhan Sa Perlas and bagged a nomination for Best Screenplay for his 2018 film Asuang at the FAMAS 2019. – with reports from John Patrick Magno Ranara/Rappler.com
John Patrick Magno Ranara is a Rappler intern.