Pinoy Action Director Jose “Kaka” Balagtas return to film making via “Takas” a Cinemalaya 2021 entry
Published · Saturday, February 27, 2021 04:18 PM
After almost 12 years of absence in making action movies, helm Pinoy Director Jose “Kaka” Balagtas returns this 2021 with a short film entitle “Takas”, an entry for Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival featuring new comer Alfred Montero as the lead.
TAKAS, Director Jose Kaka Balagtas and newcomer indie actor Alfred Montero
Balagtas whose last film Ganti that stars Dan Alvaro and Sabrina M is another action short film believe that the glory days of action movies in Philippine Cinema is now gone, working production is very much different compare to the haydays wherein he was known for making Raymart Santiago, Cesar Montano and other action stars he groom.
“Actually nami-miss ko sila, pero nakita ko nawala, yung bilis nawala kami, nawala ang action films lahat ng manggagawa ng action films nawala din, ang natira yung sa TV, ang maico-compare mo yung dati sa ngayon malayo eh,” Balagtas said.
With his new short film debuting in this year’s Cinemalaya, Balagtas aims to once more relive the interest of Pinoy movie goers in appreciating action pack film that became favorite past time many years ago, his new discovery Alfred Montero, a product of church base theater company is surprise once they see 'Takas", he said that this PUP graduate can break the norm in creating action scenes. Balagtas compare Montero to the late Rudy Fernandez, not only with the looks but the skills in giving acting a topnotch.
“Hindi ko ipinagmamalaki ang pelikula natin, pero yung expectation ng tao sa kanya mabubuo dun sa pelikula, hahanapin, titingnan, tapos sa umpisa aba marunong pala to, pwede,” Balagtas shared about Montero’s performance in Takas.
Takas is a 20 minute film that revolves in the story of Rael whose fate in loving his wife ends with violence, they were both murdered but the twist of fate he survive and was able to plot a revenge against his perpetrators.
“Kaya po makikita nyo po dun sa movie na sobrang habulan namin, sa lahat ng pinupuntahan may sasabog, nakikipag barilan ako tapos yun hindi ako nahuli ng pulis kasi pinatakas ako ni Mang Nanding, kaya po naging Takas,” Montero said.
This is the first major lead as an actor for Montero, his supposed to be launching pad movie “Nagalit ang Bangkay sa haba ng Lamay” was put on hold due to pandemic, but being given a chance to prove his prowess and working with Balagtas, according to Montero is already an achievement that’s why he prepare it by enrolling to different martial arts and self defense training.
“Kay Direk Kaka lahat ng ginagawa kayang gawan ng paraan na hindi mo kailangan magalit, hindi mo kailangan sumigaw, hindi mo kailangan mamahiya ng mga katrabaho mo para lang mapaganda ang pelikula, kasi kahit sa simpleng bagay magagawan natin ng paraan basta kalmado ka makakaisip ka ng paraan kung paano mo mapapaganda ang pelikula,” Montero explain.
Balagtas is hoping to continue making Takas a series after competing in Cinemalaya, he wishes to create more 20 minutes series and hopefully online mobile app Netflix could notice it soon.
“Yung takas hindi siya bilanggo, takas siya nakatakas siya sa kamatayan dahil tinapon siya sa ilog, silang mag-asawa ganun ang takas. Baka itong Takas maging series, 2020 tapos na, at mailabas natin sa Netflix, by kabanata,” Balagtas said in closing.
Takas is an official entry for 2021 short film category of Cinemalaya scheduled to premiere in Cinemas or online this August.