Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.94 (8 ratings)

Writer/Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr.

Genre: Indie, Historical

Cast: Jacky Woo, Mercedes Cabral, Suzuki Sadatsugu, Hideo Muraoka

Synopsis: Makoto of the Japanese Imperial Army decided to go into hiding after the Japanese soldiers were defeated in 1945. In the dread of the forest, he decides to struggle despite efforts for him to surrender, thinking the war is not yet over. For a span of almost 20 years, he encounters different situations that will test his persona and his strength to his vow as a Japanese soldier.

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Reviews:

4.0        Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“The thing that fascinates me in terms of Alix’s visual style is that either in color or black and white, he gracefully presents his elements onscreen, and there is this unwritten, indescribable visual signature that tells you it is Alix’s brainchild.” (Read full review)

3.5        Pelikula Tumblr

“But with the appearance of an almost nymph-like lady of the forest (Mercedes Cabral), Liberacion strangely turns towards the fantastic—a jungle fever dream that blends history and the history we know through backyard tales of old, tellingly depicting our impulses, perceptions, and desires.” (Read full review)

3.5      Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Bilang manonood, hindi naman ako tuluyang nabagot. Maganda sa mata ang mga gubat natin dito sa Pilipinas kahit na B&W pa. May dagdag din na charm ang pagiging visual ng pelikula at kawalan ng daldalan. Very Zen. Nakaka-relax.” (Read full review)

3.5        Jon Verzosa (Pinoy Pop Biz)

“The actors and the players were virtuous and the surface of its textured cinematography and editing were as potent as its fresh storyline but the real star of Liberaćion is the forest itself.  Perhaps filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr mapped this in his instinctive frame of thought because it thrived in filtering the film’s very narrative pacing.” (Read full review)

3.5       Cherrylist

“Kung mahilig ka sa mga fast-pacing movies, hindi para sa iyo ang pelikulang ito, Kakailanganin mo ng pasensiya sa panonood. Huwag kang mag-alala, hindi ka madidisapoint sa kabuuan ng pelikula.” (Read full review)

2.5      Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I think that the movie was well made and impeccably shot.  It’s just that I have seen this from Adolf Alix already, and we all know he is capable of doing more.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

2.0     Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Alix is such an interesting filmmaker. He’s capable of making very good films (Donsol, Isda), but also of such a bore as Batanes and of a glorious masterpiece as… D’Survivors. In Liberacion, he tries his hand at the Lav Diaz filmmaking style, and comes up with a film that has an interesting premise but ultimately feels  a tad too gimmicky. Such style as making the film in black and white because the setting is World War 2, and employing a funereal pace to symbolize the tedium felt by the main character, has been employed in scores of films before, so there’s really nothing new. It only ends up as a masturbatory art exercise that will satisfy a couple of art connoisseurs in the audience but will alienate the majority who want to see films that will move them emotionally.”

1.0     Fidel Medel (Cinephiles)

“Another walkout. Na-bore ako sa Liberacion.”