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Artists’ Choice #12: Erik Matti (director) lists his 10 Favorite Filipino Movies

Erik Matti is one of Asia’s most ambitious filmmakers. An assistant director to Peque Gallaga, he made his debut with Scorpio Nights 2 (1999), a sequel to his mentor’s erotic classic. He has made subversive horrors, world-building fantasy epics, gritty crime dramas and costumed superhero films. While always audience-focused, Matti and his films are becoming more political; they have recently focused on systemic corruption and religious hypocrisy in the Philippines. BuyBust is his headiest achievement yet, spinning high-octane action tropes into a scathing commentary on the ongoing drug war. Here are his favorite Filippino films, in no particular order

1. Of the Flesh

2. Oro, Plata, Mata

3. Scorpio Nights 4. City After Dark

5. Misteryo sa Tuwa 6. High School Circa ’65 7. Rage

8. Itanong Mo Sa Buwan 9. Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak 10. Bunso: The Youngest (Ditsi Carolino, 2005 )

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