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Nilalang or Sonzai-sha (存在者 lit. Entity?) is a 2015 Filipino-Japanese action horror film directed by Pedring Lopez starring Cesar Montano and Maria Ozawa.[1] It is an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival and it was released on December 25, 2015.[2] Nilalang is about a local forensic expert who teams up with an heiress to a transnational organized crime syndicate originating from Japan.

Robin Padilla was supposed to be Ozawa’s leading man in this film but due to his wife Mariel Rodriguez’s delicate pregnancy, he decided to back out to take care of his wife.[3] Nilalang released its official trailer on October 12, 2015.[4]

Contents [hide]
1 Plot
2 Cast 2.1 Main cast
2.2 Supporting cast

3 Release
4 Awards
5 Controversies 5.1 Pullout of Nilalang in Cinemas

6 References
7 External links

Plot[edit]

NBI special crimes division agent Tony (Cesar Montano) encounters an evil entity which is bent on killing and torturing beautiful women, one of which was his girlfriend, years after he have thought to have killed the malevolent spirit. People close to Tony is in danger including his partner Jane (Meg Imperial), who has romantic interest towards him with everyone in the agency aware of this fact except for Tony.[5]

The spirit, who has killed many people in Japan, is thought to be targeting women from a certain clan of samurai. In Manila, Miyuki (Maria Ozawa) takes care of the family business while her younger sister is taking care of their aging father. Miyuki is later forced to help in the investigation regarding the murders after Akane went missing and their father was found dead to put of stop to the evil entity’s killing spree.[5]

Cast[edit]

Cesar Montano portrays the role Tony, a NBI agent.
Main cast[edit]
Cesar Montano as Tony
Maria Ozawa as Miyuki

Supporting cast[edit]
Meg Imperial as Jane
Yam Concepcion as Akane
Cholo Barretto as Totoy
Dido de la Paz as Col. Guevarra
Kiko Matos as Mark
Aubrey Miles as Tin (Tonyˈs Girlfriend)
Alexandre Charlet as Jean-Luc Lamy (French Interpol Agent)
Sonny Sison as Lord Ishijuki
Jeff Centauri as Miyuki’s Yakuza Bodyguard

Release[edit]

The film was released in the Philippines on December 25, 2015, Christmas Day, as part of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival.

Awards[edit]

The film won 5 awards during the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival including Best Cinematography , Best Visual Effects , Best Editing , Best Musical Score and Best Sound Engineering.

Award

Category

Recipient

Result

41st Metro Manila Film Festival[6] Best Supporting Actor Dido de la Paz Nominated
Best Cinematography Pao Orendain Won
Best Editing Jason Cahapay Won
Best Visual Effects Pedro Chuidian & Rommel Pambid Won
Best Production Design Mimi Sanson Viola Nominated
Best Make-up Artist Richard Carvajal & Alice Soro Collara Nominated
Best Original Theme Song “Greyhoundz Lions” Nominated
Best Musical Score Jessie Lasaten Won
Best Sound Engineering Ditoy Aguila Won

Controversies[edit]

Pullout of Nilalang in Cinemas[edit]

After a day of screening, some cinemas started pulling out the film in favor of the two other blockbuster hit entries of the festival, My Bebe Love and Beauty and the Bestie. From a total of 40 theatres, the number of cinemas showing Nilalang went down to five. Because of this, the producers appealed to moviegoers and theatre owners to support the independent film the same way that they support the mainstream films of the festival. After this, the hashtag #DemandForNilalang became a trending topic on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, as interested movie goers urged cinema owners to screen the said film. After a few days, many theatre owners started including the film in their cinema line-up to give way to the public’s request.

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