Saturday, May 11, 2013

Death March, a Film by Director Adolf Alix Jr.

Death March is a war drama movie by director Adolf Alix Jr. (Ang Alamat ng China Doll, Mater Dolorosa, Kalayaan). The film tells the tale of several soldiers who were taken as prisoners by the Japanese army and part of the infamous Bataan Death March which killed between 2,500-10,000 Filipino soldiers and 100-650 American soldiers. The Bataan Death March began on April 9, 1942 after a bloody three-month battle which is now called the Battle of Bataan. About 60,000 to 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers were then forcibly transferred by the Imperial Japanese Army to Camp O'Donell which was located in Capas, Tarlac.

Death March is among the 18 films selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Other films in the section are As I Lay Dying, Bends, Manuscripts Don't Burn, Fruitvale Station, Grand Central, The Missing Picture, Stranger by the Lake, La Jaula De Oro, Bastards, Miele, My Sweet Pepper Land, Norte the End of History, Omar, Sarah Prefers to Run, The Bling Ring, Nothing Bad Can Happen, and Wakolda.

Here's a synopsis of the movie from its listing on the Festival De Cannes website:
Bataan. 1942. Thousands of Filipino and American soldiers were forced to march in the blistering heat amidst disease, starvation and maltreatment by the displeasured and disgusted Japanese guards. Miguel is horrified by the dead soldiers talking to him. Alex starts to hallucinate and question his sanity. Roy takes care of his wounded American captain and tries to keep him alive. In the middle of this nightmare, Hatori seems to be unreal - he is both angel, guard, officer and civilian at different times.

The Death March cast is composed of Jason Abalos, Jacky Woo, Luis Alandy, Dominic Roco, Benjamin Alves, Sam Milby, Sid Lucero, Zanjoe Marudo, Carlo Aquino, Ejay Falcon, and Felix Roco.The film's cinematographer is Albert Banzon and the screenplay was written by Rody Vera.








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