I could not help but feel dismayed when I saw this article on yahoo. While this amateur filmmaker has this noble intention but I couldn’t understand why he choose to remake a Japanese classic movie. I’m sorry but this whole limited resources is not an excuse if he has limited access to filipino classics. There’s many of it available online and posted on youtube.
Can I say typical colonial mentally? I see this as a grandiose attempt to ride coattails on this Oscar winning foreign fiilm. So how are they going to remake it? Will they convert the samurai into fisherman, carpenter or whatever? Or will they just dress up the local actor as samurai?
The country has so many struggling original filmmakers yet Martha Atienza, Lav Diaz and etc choose to support this guy. Unbelieveable how they tolerate in encouraging aspiring filmmakers to be unoriginal. It’s gonna inspire new waves of struggling filmmakers to remake foreign classics. We’ll probably be seeing remakes of Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and etc.
Rashomon Japanese Movie
Cloyd Ribo, a middle-aged struggling local filmmaker from a remote island in southern Philippines, dreams of remaking Akira Kurosawa’s award-winning film “Rashomon” in his native dialect (Lawisanon).
With the help of trusted artist-friends, Ribo is in the process of making this film project a reality on Bantayan Island in Cebu.
Asked why he chose to remake “Rashomon,” Ribo explained: “It’s a narrative that revealed so much about humanity.” “Rashomon” is a Japanese crime drama film that won the Golden Lion Award for its director (Akira Kurosawa) in the 1951 Venice Film Festival, and Best Foreign Language Film in the 24th Academy Wards in the US in 1952.
Ribo is a self-taught filmmaker, who has been studying the craft from online sources, mostly from Youtube, since 2010.
His barbecue-cum-internet shop has been the venue of his online learning. From there, he has learned the ropes of film making, including how to use the camera, editing, and graphic ad via the internet.
Under Project Cloyd initiated by the Office of Culture and Design (OCD), a group of Filipino directors from the Philippine independent cinema community and Spanish directors has been helping Ribo’s group realize this project. The lineup of directors and creative professionals include Lav Diaz, Yason Banal, Martha Atienza, Franco Guerrero, Joey Suaco, Raya Martin, Spanish director Carlos Casas and graphic artist Rafa Cortez.
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