Jose Rizal

Topics: Philippines, José Rizal, Philippine Revolution Pages: 7 (2127 words) Published: February 14, 2013
Film Evaluation Report
On the movie“Jose Rizal”

In partial fulfillment of the
Requirements in the subject

Submitted to:

Mrs. Bing Amahan

Submitted by:

Alvin P. Gonzaga

February 2013


The movie tells the life story of Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Athree-hour epic on the life and struggles of his poet and patriotisms. It covers his life from his childhood to his execution at the hands of the Spanish forces occupying thePhilippines in the late 19th century. We are also thrown into the world of Rizal's novels(filmed in black and white), so we get a glimpse of how he viewed Filipino society under the Spanish heal.

The film also through a series of flashback showing Rizal as a genius, a writer, a doctor, an artist, a lover, a friend, a brother and a son, thus giving a rich texture of Rizal’s character.

The movie introduces us to the life of subjugation of the Filipino people under the rule of the Spanish friars. From the execution of three Filipino priests in 1872 for alleged subversion to the harsh and unequal treatment of Filipino students in the schools, this film is a stinging indictment of Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines.

I also commend the film for its bravery in showing the evil tyranny of the Catholic Church during that time. Considering that the Philippines is a Catholic nation that is like butchering a sacred cow but alas, Abaya works her magic in depicting the suffering of the Filipinos because of the friars.

This is by far the best Filipino movie that I have seen so far. I would urge any one reading this who likes movies, to either rent it or buy it.

I particularly love the last scene of the film when Rizal fell in the ground facing the sky, having his last breath looking at a beautiful sunrise- a metaphor depicting that Rizal did not die in vain. He did not die for nothing. He did not die defeated. Rather he died victorious because his death is the torch that lights Philippine independence, that ignites Philippine Revolution.

Jose Rizal the movieA.Characters
Cesar Montano...Jose Rizal 
Joel Torre... Crisostomo Ibarra / Simoun
Jaime Fabregas ... Luis Taviel de Andrade
Gloria Diaz ... Teodora Alonzo
Gardo Versoza ...Andres Bonifacio
Monique Wilson... Maria Clara
Chin Chin Gutierrez... Josephine Bracken
Mickey Ferriols... Leonor Rivera
Pen Medina... Paciano
Peque Gallaga... Archbishop Bernardo Nozaleda, OP
Bon Vibar ... Ramon Blanco
Subas Herrero... Alcocer 
Tony Mabesa... Camilo de Polavieja
Alexis Santaren ... Olive
Chiqui Xerxes-Burgos ... Father Villaclara, SJ
Archie Adamos... Olive's Aid
Fritz Ynfante ... Anatomy Class Professor 
Jhong Hilario... Prisoner Servant
Gina Alajar  ... Saturnina Rizal
Tanya Gomez... Narcisa Rizal
Tess Dumpit... Maria Rizal
Irma Adlawan... Lucia Rizal (as Irma Adlawan-Marasigan) Angie Castrence... Josefa Rizal
Rowena Basco... Trinidad
Kaye Marie June Congmon ... Soledad
Ronnie Lazaro... Don Francisco Mercado
Dominic Guinto... Young Rizal
Ping Medina... Young Paciano
Dennis Marasigan... Marcelo del Pilar 
Gregg de Guzman... Propagandist
Mon Confiado... Propagandist
Eddie Aquino... Propagandist
Manolo Barrientos ... Propagandist
Rolando T. Inocencio ... Propagandist (as Roli Inocencio) Gilbert Onida ... Propagandist
Jim Pebanco... Propagandist
Troy Martino... Propagandist
Kokoy Palma... Propagandist
Richard Merck  ... Propagandist
Jess Evardone ... Propagandist (as Jesusito 'Jess' Evardone) Marco Sison... Pio Valenzuela
Joel Lamangan... Gobernadocillo
Tony Carreon

Noni Buencamino... Elias
Roeder ... Basilio
Richard Quan... Isagani
Cristobal Gomez... Pader Damaso
Nanding Josef ... Antonio Rivera
Ryan Eigenmann... Fernando
Jon Achaval... Fraile 1
Cloyd Robinson... Fraile 2
Marco Zabaleta... Fraile 3
Ogie Juliano... Padre Rodriguez
Minco Fabregas... Padre Sanchez
Shelby Payne... Fr. March
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