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Jun 17, 2015
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Don't get us wrong, now is an exciting time to make new movies. Blockbusters are back, the indie scene is thriving except that you only get to see what, like, 10 movies a year?

In the 1950s, we averaged 350 movies a year, that's practically a new movie to see every day. So you can just imagine the breadth of work we could have archived had somebody thought of preserving film. Unfortunately, rot has taken over, not only of the celluloid itself, but of a lot of the stories that have been made into movies. Still, we can think of some stellar material that we'd love to see again.

Why? Because they were pop gems! Rot or not...


KISAPMATA
(1981, Mike De Leon)

Mike De Leon is FHM's favorite Pinoy Filmmaker, his body of work is essential. In Kisapmata, the domineering father (played by Vic Silayan) is scary as shit you feel exactly what Jay Ilagan felt having married his daughter (Charo Santos) but couldn't touch her. We need deep psycho-dramas like this more.


Video via DCRJ's MY PHILIPPINES


BATCH 81

(1982, Mike De Leon)

Frat violence seen with unflinching eyes. No romanticizing brotherhood here, it's all too real.


Video via Video via mikedjhottube1


KUNG MANGARAP KA AT MAGISING
(1977, Mike De Leon)

We need a remake of this movie because a) We need to see what Baguio looked like before traffic became the norm there; b) We need a simple romance movie for a change. Not one of us recalls what it's like to talk to a girl on the phone now, sadly...


Video via oldkulay

 
MA'AM MAY WE GO OUT?

(1985, Mike Relon Makiling)

What do the bulakbol kids do in school these days? Not be in school for DoTA? Back then, they were still in school, but they gave their teachers headaches. Like what Joey De Leon did in this TVJ classic: When you have not memorized an assignment, you lip sync The Gettysburg Address. Patok!


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WORKING BOYS
(1985, Mike Relon Makiling)

There was a movie called Working Girls a year earlier starring Carmi Martin and Rio Locsin among others and it was good, so Tito Vic and Joey spoofed it, and it was solid. We at FHM have seen this movie so many times we've memorized every scene in the movie. The best one: Vic inside a TV screen, trying to appease a drunk Joaquin "Buwaya" Fajardo, Rio Locsin's damned husband, who "needs to watch TV," "Diego-go-go-go! Sumuko ka na-na-na!"

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ANG PAGBABALIK NI LEON GUERERRO
(1980, Lito Lapid)

Because Lito Lapid can cock guns using nothing but air!


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ZUMA
(1985, Jun Raquiza)

A true Pinoy comic book icon, this guy Zuma. Green, like the Hulk; has a snake around his neck like a male Medusa; kind of misunderstood like Frankenstein; all in all a real anti-hero. He liked virgin women, too. Our kind of movie monster if we had to see one.


Video via Filipino OFW Entertainment Channel


NINJA KIDS
/ KAMAGONG
(1986, Pablo Santiago; 1986, Carlo J. Caparas)

The Karate Kid was a hit in Manila theaters when it was shown in 1984 we had to have our own take on it. What came out was Ninja Kids, which was even better because it was Bagets with karate. Kamagong, on the other hand, was our take on Michael Dudikoff and Jean Claude Van Damme movies. We have not had martial arts movies in a long time, so let's see one again.


Video via Simpleng Fan ng Musika


MAY LAMOK SA LOOB NG KULAMBO
(1984, Danny L. Zialcita)

When was the last time we'd seen a funny, raunchy, smart sex comedy? When was the last time you'd seen a woman with a big ass wear dolphin shorts (Google it)? Oh wow, Lyka Ugarte! This movie is an absolute killer.


Video via Cine Filipino


THE PUNKS
(1984, Leonardo L. Garcia)

This film is legendary for getting the punk subculture all wrong when it came out, but nobody really remembers if they'd seen it. So we need to see it.


PALABRA DE HONOR
(1983, Danny L. Zialcita)

Direk Danny Zialcita specialized in characters who could talk. We mean really talk, as in quick, intelligent palitan, in both English and Tagalog. In Palabra, you get decadent adult conversations that sound Pinoy and yet Pinoys really don't speak like they do in Zialcita movies. That is why we need to see this again, to eavesdrop on a good talking-to.


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DEAR HEART
(1981, Danny L. Zialcita)

So you have your Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo and James Reid-Nadine Lustre loveteams. All good. What we'd like to see is them carrying on the many anak-mayaman conversations Sharon Cuneta and Miguel Rodriguez have in this movie. Let's see whose nose bleeds first.


Video via Gumamela Pictures


BAGETS / CAMPUS BEAT
(1984, Maryo J. De Los Reyes; 1984, Emmanuel H. Borlaza)

If we want a full-on '80s throwback movie, these are the movies we want to see. Not an update, mind, but an entire retro work. Dippity Do hair gel! Dog tags! Mismatched Chuck Taylors! Baston pants! Bring it on!

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Video via Simpleng Fan ng Musika'S YouTube channel

 
KUWATOG
(1979, J. Erastheo Navoa)

The original wonder boy of Pinoy cinema, Niño Muhlach, scored a massive hit with this one. But we won't have to wish to see this again as it's reportedly going to be remade this year by Onin's son, Alonzo. The father and son are parang pinagbiyak na arinola.


Video via angelomuchlach's YouTube channel


FOR Y'UR HEIGHT ONLY
(1979, Eddie Nicart)

Before there was Peter Dinklage, who you know as Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister in Game of Thrones; before there was Verne Troyer, more famous as Mini Me in the Austin Powers franchise there was Weng Weng. If Weng Weng were still alive he'd trump them all. We now know that very small men get the women, and another James Bond film is due this year, so For Y'ur Height Only demands a remake.


Video via Fili Movies YouTube channel

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