Bukas Na LangVerdict: Essential Viewing

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 4.25 (6 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Experimental

Director: Jet Leyco

Writers: Jet Leyco, Norman Wilwayco

Cast: Raul Morit, Lemuel Silvestre, Maria Veronica Santiago, Hector Macaso, Jack Yabut, Dan de Guzman, Herald Gregory Chavez, Peewee O’Hara, Jerry O’Hara, Emlyn Olfindo Santos, Paolo Domingo, Flor Salanga, Renerio Concepcion, Max Celada, Angelo Hulip, Carlon Matobato

Synopsis: Four interconnected tales set during the height of the Martial Law crackdown against rebels reflect the palpable aura of fear that has left Filipinos in a state of paralysis, unable and unwilling to move until the dark cloud of history passes over.

MTRCB Rating: R-18

Trailer: 

Reviews:

5.0         Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“After its dark portrait of authoritarian, religious and military treacheries, the film stamps this stretch of history with an unexpected watermark — an affirmation, perhaps, that Leyco may not write history in a literary way, but he may certainly write it cinematically.” (Read full review)

5.0         Renelson Morelos (Reel Thoughts)

“The film is, by turns, a haunting and mysterious, eerie and unsettling, humanistic and dreamlike evocation of a troubled historical past that is not remote from our generation – the rule of Martial Law.” (Read full review)

4.0         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“Leyco exhaustively and compellingly dissects a nation’s culture of suppression. He even becomes his own censor, replacing drastic sounds of gunshots with innocuous noises from low-budget sci-fi laser beams. He upends the immense gravity and seriousness of his episodes with ironic turns only a repressed over-imaginative mind can cook up.” (Read full review)

4.0         Zig Marasigan (Rappler)

Bukas Na Lang Sapagka’t Gabi Na makes a habit of stealing its audience away from the comfortable. Leyco’s knowledge of his craft is fully exercised as he breaks, challenges and rebuilds our understanding of narrative.” (Read full review)

4.0         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Ibinigay (ni Leyco) agad-agad ang impresyon na eksperimental ang buong pelikula (na posibleng maka-turn off sa ilan) at pakonti-konting ‘pinresenta na hindi naman pala ito sobrang kakaiba, na kapag inupuan mo ito hanggang dulo, hindi naman pala ito gan’un ka-alienating. Sobrang solid ang pelikula para sa akin kahit na walang mga karakter dito na madaling mahalin at kahit na may konting hiccup ‘yung isang eksenang kailangang i-censor.” (Read full review)

3.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“I’m not entirely sure all of it works, but the film proves to be delightfully weird more often than not. Leyco seems to be having a lot of fun, and his sense of playfulness gives the film a certain exuberance.” (Read full review)

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