After winning two awards — Best Director (Prime Cruz) and Best Supporting Actress (Vangie Labalan) — at the 2016 QCinema International Film Festival, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B is set to thrill the Filipino audience with the its aberrant kind of story.
1. It tells the story of a modern manananggal
We all know that the traditional manananggal is a vampire-like and manevolent man-eating ang blood-sucking monster or witch. But, hey, Ryza Cenon as the modern manananggal will give you some ideas on why and how this infamous mythical creature harm people around her.
2. It will give you kilig and chills at the same time
The film narrates the story of a mysterious woman named Jewel who lives alone in the city. She has a secret which has led her to settle into a lonely existence. That is, until she meets Nico, played by Martin del Rosario — a broken-hearted, down-and-out guy who also feels unlovable like she does. Jewel is torn between wanting to love him and wanting to save him from herself.
3. It tackles the current issue of our society
It’s one of the common issues of our society that needs a deeper understanding — the Cardboard Justice. The term is derived from a practice of some vigilante groups leaving a cardboard on the slain person with “Pusher Ako” written on it. Some Filipinos might think that the victim was indeed a pusher… not until they see this film.
4. Ryza’s masturbation (and bed) scene
Ryza’s bed scene with her reel and real boyfriend Cholo Barretto reveals why the modern manananggal is more dangerous than the traditional one. On the other hand, the way Ryza exhibits her masturbation scene in the film is something that makes Manananggal more eerie — the most important part of this masterpiece.
5. The lesson and impact to its audience
I think, everyone would agree that love is the strongest force in the universe after they watch this film. No matter how different you are, there’s always one person who will love you for who you are and not what you are.
Manananaggal sa Unit 23B is the official entry for this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino along with other 11 films, scheduled from August 16 – 22.
Are you ready for Jewel and Nico?