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3rd World Hero (2000)

Bayaning 3rd World (original title)
| Drama | 4 May 2003 (USA)
Part-investigative documentary, part-satire and shot entirely in black-and-white, the film tackles the mystery that surrounds the life and death of the Filipino hero, Jose Rizal.


Mike De Leon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Davao ... Filmmaker 1
Joel Torre ... Jose Rizal
Cris Villanueva ... Filmmaker 2
Daria Ramirez ... Doña Teodora
Rio Locsin ... Trining
Cherry Pie Picache ... Narcisa
Joonee Gamboa ... Paciano
Lara Fabregas ... Josephine Bracken
E.A. Rocha ... Padre Balaguer (as Ed Rocha)
Lui Manansala ... Maria
Lawrence David Lawrence David ... Rebel Leader
Jay Españo ... Pio Valenzuela
Bon Vibar Bon Vibar ... Padre Vilaclara
Edru Abraham Edru Abraham ... Padre Obach
Keno Agaro Keno Agaro ... Rizal at 7


Part-investigative documentary, part-satire and shot entirely in black-and-white, the film tackles the mystery that surrounds the life and death of the Filipino hero, Jose Rizal.

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The untold love story of Jose Rizal and Josephine Bracken is finally revealed after more than 100 years



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Filipino | Tagalog

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a wonderful post-modern interpretation of a hero's life
29 April 2001 | by PJ CruzSee all my reviews

This film uses the example of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal, in order to call into question the myth-making process, and it problematizes the very method of writing history.

It is a meta-film, of sorts, presented from the perspective of two film-makers who are hoping to "reconstruct" the life of Rizal as a "mystery movie", which answers the many questions that mainstream history conveniently "forgets about", in its efforts to characterize Rizal as a hero.

Director Mike DeLeon tries his hand at pastiche film-making, using a post-modern mix of mock commercials, archival historical footage, stylized re-creations of past events, and conventional narrative film-making. The end result is a cinematic patchwork that is alternately funny, enlightening, and smart, without ever coming across as too high-brow or pretentious.

Quite frankly, this film is so complex that my words alone cannot do it justice. If you are at all interested in Rizal, historiography, or how a hero is "made"-- go watch this now, if you can!

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