AKIHIRO BLANCO: a very magnetic face
Just because I got so carried-away watching the movie Mga Alaala Ng Tag-Ulan, I already forgot the names of all the characters in the movie. What I simply remembered were the names of the stars in this film, because they exuded so much warmth and tenderness all-throughout the movie, far more outstanding than the characters they portrayed.
Let me excuse myself again, for using the word “I” in this film review/article of mine on the film. Because I could very well relate myself on the film- as if the handsome director of this film (no less than director Ato Bautista) exclusively made this film for me! (?) Ha-ha.
As I watched the film, I felt like I was being “swayed-upon” or rocked-upon by an invisible hand that rocks a cradle when I was still a “baby”. The music and the rhythm of the film had a melancholic beat . . . and touch. Up to the very start, until its very precise ending, I was comforted by a great feeling of a poetic scramble within my very soul.
And I knew, it was the director’s intention to do so. And he succeeded.
It’s been more than half of my life since I saw another film like this one. The last one I felt like this was in the American musical movie All That Jazz, done in the year 1979 and directed by the legendary Hollywood film director Bob Fosse. I was barely in my teens then and I was at the very front of the cinema chair when I watched it. It swayed me back and forth like a little baby in a cradle. Now, it happened again… via this film- Mga Alaala Ng tag-Ulan.
I admired the versatility of this film director- Ato Bautista- in which he proved this time around, he could change his directing style for a film in a sudden abrupt way. He could change looks like a chameleon. He could change a feeling or two.
In his last movie Palitan (a film entry in last year’s Cinema One Filmfest), director Bautista applied a different technique. Which was, a realistic approach for a dark-themed movie (Palitan). Now, in Mga Alaala Ng tag-Ulan, he did able to please again one blogger-fan of his- ME. To the max.
What could be more beautiful than Poetry? Because Poems are Eternal. They linger forever like a song that comes from a heart. Like a beautiful vision of an ‘ecstatic’ woman or an ‘angelic’ dream of a very handsome young man. Poetry, like the movies, is a “glimpse” to Eternity.
I felt something oozing out of my innermost juices whenever I looked at the very magnetic and beautiful face of Mr. Akihiro Blanco, the young lead actor of this film. With his simple facial gestures and stares, with his boyish smiles and precise acting nuances via this film, this teen actor, we predict, is next in line to become the next Piolo Pascual and Dingdong Dantes of contemporary Philippine Cinema.
Plus the fact that Akihiro could really act so well in this film! As a matter of fact, he was a revelation! He carried the film all throughout. And he should have won the Best Actor award here for the recently-concluded Cine Filipino awards night.
Another great delight and “awe” when I watched this film was seeing actor Lance Raymundo in an entirely different kind of a personality. He did transform himself to become that character he portrayed, which was a very sacrificing way to do so for an actor of his fine caliber. In this film, it was not the “clean-cut” Lance that we saw, but a “man of the world”, which saw women as simply objects of sex and pleasure. And that’s the reason why Akihiro’s character in the film KILLED him. That kind of man is surely evil, we might say as we watched Lance dying and vomiting blood and Akihiro sitting there like an angel of “triumph”.
It was a very beautiful scene and both actors acted so fine!
Mr. Mon Confiado’s great presence in the film was truly felt. How fascinating it could be to watch an actor without any speaking lines (as he portrayed the character of Akihiro’s dad who suffered in silence and persecution from Akihiro’s mom in the film) but still, you could feel his overpowering “aura” and intensity in each scene. It was a subtlety in an acting style, but no actor could ever portray a hard role like this one- except Mon. With that, we’d want to bow our head to Mon when we see him again in person soon.
Mga Alaala Ng tag-Ulan is a story of a boy who’s far more better than a MAN. He fought hard to win his LOVE. He sacrificed everything just to please the one woman that touched his heart. But n the end, he failed. But his manhood won.
It was a test that came from LIFE itself. And only the rains could subside his feelings and be with his side in times of loneliness.
The woman leaves him, but the actress who portrayed that character of the woman in the film- Ms. Mocha Uson- would never, never leave an audience’s feeling of enchantment and simple beauty of an acting goodness.
Because via this film, Ms. Uson tremendously proved to everyone that she’s a great actress, after all.
(As the words were written, by ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO, September 25, 2013).