Who’s going to the UP Film Institute tonight to watch the premiere of the movie Ang Lihim ni Antonio [Antonio’s Secret]? From the direction of Jay Altarejos and screenplay by Lex Bonife, the movie about innocence lost and sexual abuse will be shown tonight at the State U without cuts. For P100, watch the Director’s cut premiere as you may never view the uncut version again if you pass this preem up. Regular screenings start at Robinsons Galleria cinemas on Feb. 13.
22 thoughts on “Lihim ni Antonio premieres tonight”
ang layo naman kasi ng UP sa cavite eh…feel ko sana panoorin…at gabi pa yun…baka marape ang lolah sa pag-uwi!!! hehehehehee!!!! yun ipalalabas sa glorietta …di ba uncut din???? dun ko na lang panonoorin kahit na bibyahe pa lola…halos 2hours din ang byahe ko…sana masulit….
pasensya ka….kasalanan ba ng UP kung malayo at nakatira ka sa bundok
A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PIRACY…by pirate-baggers. attention getter dvd jacket posted by inquirer on the net. THIS MOVIE WILL SELL abroad. give it 2 mos. and it will be on the underground market (like L.S.P.)…now if we can hear some unbiased reviews from those who ventured to UP to see the movie, it will be much appreciated…MUCH THANKS…
TRAVEL DAY today…tomorrow i will be breathing the smell of roasting sweet pusit, bbq, tilapia and hopefully RAM-ACE or JOHNRON or MIKE TAN’s ballsy sweat (wishful thinking)…SE ‘YA ALL KABAYANS
i just got back from the premier. it was so-so. i got dizzy because the camera was too wobbly. and what makes this worse is that the wobbliness does not help tell the story. interesting full frontals with hard-ons, though.
wow the amount of nudity was actually beyond my expectations. nothing will be left of it after MTRCB gets through with it. too bad for those who will only see it in Galleria. I hope the unrated DVD comes out!
Napanood ko kanina sa UP ang pelikula. Pagkakaintindi ko, 16 years old lang sa pelikula ang tauhang si Antonio. Without giving away spoilers, I have just one very important question regarding the credibility of the fate of the kid: Hindi ako abogado pero sa tingin ko hindi makukulong ang isang minor kapag siya ay biktima at nire-rape ng isang may edad na tao. Wala na bang self-defense sa batas? Bakit hindi yung ermat na lang ang ikulong?
Sa Selda naman, ikinulong si Sid Lucero dahil nasagasaan at namatay ang batang snatcher na hinahabol niya. Ganyan ba talaga kahina at katanga ng batas?
Grabe ibang level tong Antonio’s Secret ang daming flesh haha!
watched the premiere last night at UP and sadly, disappointed ako. well, marami talagang frontal shots with matching masturbation scene in all his naked glory ang kenjie garcia (at na-sight talaga ang ulo ng nota niya!) plus ang makailang beses na pagpapakita ng nota ni josh ivan (totoo ang post ng isang kaibigan natin dito — i doubt kung may matira pa sa mga eksenang ito kapag ipinalabas na sa regular run) and enjoy naman kami ng grupo sa aspetong yun (though walang libog kahit pa sige ang pagpapakita ng mga nota — siguro nga dahil sa pilit) — pero parang kulang ang story development at mashadong mababaw ang atake ng direktor. sayang yung materyales lalo na nga at may touch ng incest — itsura ng mga istorya ng kuwentong nakakalibog site! o siguro nga tumaas lang ang expectation namin dahil sa hype ng lalake sa parola. plus kakapanuod lang namin last week ng cinemaone originals na sobrang pulido ng pagkakagawa ng mga digital like yung confessional. sabi nga ng isang barkada — talagang ganun daw kapag maganda ang debut movie ng direktor — sumasablay sa pangalawa. but in fairness, overflow ang crowd sa UP at kinakailangan pang maglagay ng monoblocks sa hallway. anyways, congrats pa din sa direktor at sa mga bida. ang galing ni Jiro Manio — ibang klase talaga itong batang ito — swak na swak pati pagbibitaw ng linya. kay kenjie naman, sana eh may patunguhan ang career mo after mong ipakita ang lahat lahat. in a scale of 1 to 10 with ten as the highest, i give this movie 6 to 7. mas nag-enjoy ako sa quality ng roxxanne, sa story development ng sikil at sa nudity ng parola. pero all in all — mabuhay ang indie cinema!!!
Medyo shocking yung pelikula para sa kin. Parang soft porn na ang labas niya.
Anyway, masakit sa mata yung camera shots — malikot ang kamay ng camera man. Maraming shots ang out-of-focus. Medyo madilim din ang ibang scenes.
Si Shamaine Buencamino lang ang nagsalba sa palikulang ito. Bilang ina ng bidang batang lalaki, mahusay ang pagkakaganap niya sa papel ng isang heath worker na iniwan ng asawa (nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa). Mahusay din si Jiro Manio bilang best friend ng bidang batang lalaki. Hindi pa marunong umarte si Josh Ivan Morales at masakit sa tenga ang punto niya. Okay lang din naman ang baguhang si Kenjie Garcia.
Anyway, yung huling scene (rape scene) kung saan napatay ang rapist, ang pagkakaintindi ko doon ay tinago ng pamilya ang isyu patungkol sa rape. Sa narration, sinasabing ibang krimen ang naganap kaya napatay ang rapist. Very Filipino kung ganun. Pagtatakpan ng marami kung anuman ang nangyari hwag lang mapapahiya sa publiko.
who is frontal nude and erect in the movie?
who jerks off?
Shit sayang I should have watched
Fuck dapat may unrated DVD!!!!!!!!! 🙁
It’s a very informative movie, actually. But it was just difficult to digest concepts like homosexuality, puberty, incest, adultery, rape, murder, pedophilia, prostitution, and the plight and issues of OFWs in one movie (screened just after/before dinner).
But all in all, I applaud cast/crew for the the effort and I hope more film makers would be as daring but wiser.
i missed this one, and seeing that great child actor i admire – jiro manio. i’m sure that by now, jiro has grown up to be a fine, intelligent young man and i hope channel 2 or 7 recognize his talent and give him a starring role in a teleserye…
the movie is bordering on soft porn. frontal nudity c/o kenjie garcia and josh ivan morales. kung may mga eksena mang tinablan ako — it’s that scene where josh was fucking the old gay who picked him up at the bar while dirty talking plus yung pag-gapang at pagpapaubaya kay antonio ng bestfriend niya. may future si kenjie sa acting though nilamon siya ni jiro in most scenes na magkasama sila. shamaine was great. josh’s character was too flat. i think more than yung pagtatakip ng mga pinoy sa isyu ng rape, mas ginusto ni antonio na siya ang makulong kesa sa kanyang inang tinakasan ng katinuan dahil sa pagmamahal niya dito. though masyadong dramatic ang pagpapaligo ni antonio sa kanyang ina after mapatay nito ang kanyang uncle, i think the scene was cathartic. congrats to the cast and crew!
excuse me anonymous (February 4, 2008 1:43 PM), hindi bundok ang cavite no. outside manila nga pero first class province. at di pahuhuli ang cavite sa anumang bagay. dami pating pogi, maduduling ka sa dami pag nagpasyal ka dito no…
Lihim ni Antonio belongs to the Lolita genre– coming of sexual age of minors–akin to Nabokov’s novel of the same name . One might want to re-view Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s take with her “Sabel” done many years ago. There will always be a thin line between art and sexual exploitation when tackling sex involving characters who are below the legal age…
In the end, the issue of pornography is a matter of taste– there is no accounting for it. In Lihim, Shamain’s character warns her son, Antonio, that forced sex is rape. On the other hand, the director–in the way he composes his shots and his insistence on genital exposure– seems to be sexualizing Antonio, who plays a minor in the film. Thus, the director turns the audience into a voyeur and a pederast.
But can we really think Lihim an art film? Sadly, its not.
Is it pornography? Let me put it this way: In the age of the internet and x-tube, does it matter?
In the short program at the premier, Lex Bonife, the writer of the film said that he wrote the film for all the gays and those who love them. This, of course, was greeted with great applause.
In light with the seemingly cresting wave of gay films being produced by the indie scene– from Pagdadalaga to Lihim, it may be about time to examine how these movies reflect the lives of its purported audience. Do they tell our true stories? Or merely grab us by our sexual fantasies? Are they sincere portrayals of our ideals for a better place in society or do these films simply work to titillate our sexual curiousities in the name of freedom?
The black people of America had the same experience and they called those films “Blacksploitation”?
Are we now experiencing the Gaysploitation films?
Yes, Scoob. It’s Gaysploitation, but only when there is nothing in the film that would redeem itself and “lift” the audience. Hate to use the word “art” but a film becomes one, gay or straight, when it is able to use the artistic possibilities of the medium (in this case digital video) in matters technical and/or tell a story and probe a character’s thoughts intelligently and with insight.
The problem with several “gay films” is that they pander to the expectations of the gay viewers, depicting only the stereotypes of their gay experience. I have nothing against pornographic gay films; I love them and they serve a purpose.
But ultimately what separates the chaff from the grain is the content. “Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros” is several notches above the other merely worthy gay films we’re seeing, like “Lalake sa Parola,” “Sikil,” “Lihim ni Antonio,” and “Roxxxanne” because it shows real people in real situations using “cinematic” elements creatively.
I am not going to be apologetic about these serious thoughts, pero inumpsiahan ni Scoob e, hahaha! Just thought other visitors to this blog could take a look at this surge of gay films in a different perspective.
I am not gong to throw into the trash bin the other trashy efforts whose main and only purpose is a peep show. We all want a good sex show, after all, don’t we?
cebuana akish! asa man diri day tanawon ang “lihim ni antonio” kay daghan man ang bayot diri. pwede tubagon daan- we need to see that film- pariha sa Sikil asan bitaw ana! tubag oi kay luoy mi ron pag sa manila ra – tubagon day
is there no way na pwede mapanood ito sa davao??? kainis nman, laging behind yata ang davao sa ganitong mga films just like sikil and etc…
or pwede pingi nlang dvd copy?…