by Brillante Mendoza
Country: France, Philippines
Year: 2009
Duration: 110'

Peping is getting ready to marry the young woman who recently bore his child. For a poor police academy student like him, there is no question of turning down an opportunity to make some easy money. Already accustomed to side profits from a small-time drug ring, Peping naively accepts a well-paid job offer from a corrupt colleague. This is the start of a true nightmare for Peping, a nightmare in the form of the kidnapping, torture and murder of a prostitute. Distraught by this experience, Peping finds himself forced to ask himself whether he, too, is a murderer.

“Any one of us could be like Peping. He is relatively innocent and unaware of how truly dangerous the world can be. Even though he can be considered an accomplice in the crime, he is also a victim. He is a witness to his own death, in a way. The moment Peping enters the van, he becomes part of that criminal gang, whether he knows it or not. He will never be able to escape them. Even if he could physically, he wil never be able to, psychologically. He has already sold his soul to them.”


film director

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza (San Fernando, Philippines, 1960) started his career as a screenwriter, working for film, television and theatre. His first feature film The Masseur, won the Golden Leopard Award at the 2005 Locarno Film Festival, as well as the Interfaith Award in Brisbane. In 2006, he directed The Teacher which won the CinemAvvenire prize at the Torino Film Festival and Best Photography and Best Director Awards at the Cinemanila Festival. Summer Heat won the Netpac Award in Jeonju in 2007. Slingshot won the Special Jury Award in Marrakech in 2008, the Caligari Award in Berlin and Best Film and Best Director Awards in Singapore. For Kinatay (2009) he won the Best Director Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, for Ma’ Rosa (2016) he received the Best Actress Award at the same festival. The latter title has also been presented in Turin.


Masahista (The Masseur, 2005), Manoro (2006), Kaleldo (Summer Heat, 2006), Manoro (The Teacher, 2006), Foster Child (2007), Tirador (Slingshot, 2007), Serbis (Service, 2008), Lola (2009), Kinatay (2009), Captive (2012), Thy Womb (2012), Sapi (2013), Taklub (2015), Ma’ Rosa (2016), Alpha, the Right to Kill (2018).


& Credits

Brillante Mendoza
Armando Lao
Odyssey Flores
montaggio/film editing
Kats Serraon
scenografia/production design
Dante Mendoza
Teresa Barrozo
Albert Michael Idioma
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Coco Martin (Peping), Julio Diaz (Vic), Mercedes Cabral (Cecilie), Maria Isabel Lopez (Madonna), John Regala (Sarge), Jhong Hilario (Abyong)
Didier Costet
Swift Production
vendita all’estero/world sales
The Match Factory