06-24 November 2019



Southeast Asian Showcase
Kerwin Go


2019 / 145’ / Hawaii Premiere / Tagalog


Inspired by true events, paradise is turned upside down when drugs wash ashore in Eastern Samar of the Philippines archipelago. Meanwhile in Borongan, Samar, a couple of down-on-their-luck surfers, Ding (Dennis Trillo) and Carlo (Jerald Napoles), discover a few of these packages, floating in the water at their favorite surf spot. They are soon faced with a choice—do they turn it over to the authorities or get lured towards the road of “easy money,” a risk worth taking for family and freedom and a way out of their financial misfortunes? 
When their buddy Paul (Matteo Guidicelli), a local who has gained a modicum of show business success gets wind of their newly acquired stash, he decides to throw epic parties to “pimp it up.” The film also delves into other characters in the region who also discover the cocaine, and showcases their own moral quandaries from a barangay chairman to a drug enforcement agent on the hunt.  
Cautionary tales about how indigent people react when faced with a potential big pay day are nothing new—Sam Raimi’s A SIMPLE PLAN and the Coen Brothers’s FARGO come to mind. Even in Philippine cinema, there is MISTERYO SA TUWA (1984) from director Abbo Q. dela Cruz, about villagers in a remote village gaining possession of a suitcase full of cash from a downed airplane. MINA-ANUD follows this trend with verve and a wicked sense of humor, infused by first-time director Kerwin Go.

-Anderson Le


Thursday 14 19:45 - 22:30Regal Dole Cannery 16
Saturday 16 11:15 - 14:00Regal Dole Cannery 16
DirectorKerwin Go.
CastDennis Trillo, Jerald Napoles, Matteo Guidicelli, Alvin Anson and Mara Lopez.
ScreenplayStephen Lopez, Kerwin Go and Stephen Lopez.
CinematographerTom Redoble.
EditorNeil Mendoza.
MusicFrancis Veyra.
ProductionRegal Entertainment, Hooq Originals and Epicmedia.

Bianca Balbuena ... producer (as Bianca Balbuena-Liew)
April Batican ... line producer / producer
Iana Bernardez ... associate producer (as Iana Celest Bernardez)
Kerwin Go ... producer
Patti Lapus ... line producer
Bradley Liew ... producer
Lily Y. Monteverde ... executive producer
Roselle Y. Monteverde ... executive producer
Relyn A. Tan ... associate producer (as Relyn Tan)
Miguel Vasquez ... associate producer

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