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Kung Fu Divas is a 2013 Philippine action comedy film directed by Onat Diaz and starring Ai Ai delas Alas and Marian Rivera. The lead stars also co-produced the film which opened in theaters on October 2, 2013 as part of Star Cinema's 20th Anniversary presentation.[2][3][4][5]

Kung Fu Divas
Kungfudivasposter.jpg
Directed byOnat Diaz
Produced byLeonardo Po
Erik Matti
Louie Araneta
Joseph Nebriaga
Dondon Monteverde
Onat Diaz
Martina Aileen de las Alas
Marian Gracia Rivera
Screenplay byOnat Diaz
Story byOnat Diaz
StarringAi Ai delas Alas
Marian Rivera
Music byIJ Garcia
CinematographyAnne Monzon
Monchie Redoble
Edited byChristopher Cantos
Billy de Leon
Jay Halili
Melvyn M. Quimosing
Bong Villasenor
Production
company
Star Cinema
Reality Entertainment
The O&Co. Picture Factory
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)
Running time
125 mins
CountryPhilippines
Language
  • Tagalog
  • English
Box office₱65 million (4 weeks)[1]

This film is a parody of Gu Long's Wuxia novel Juedai Shuangjiao.[citation needed]

Contents

PlotEdit

Charlotte (Ai Ai de las Alas) is from a family of beauty queens, but she has yet to win a title of her own. Her final chance is the Hiyas ng Dalampasigan Pageant (literally, Seaside Jewel Pageant), and her mother has taken steps to make sure that she wins. But her chances are dashed when the mysterious Samantha (Marian Rivera) suddenly joins the contest. The two become bitter enemies following the contest, but they are soon forced by destiny to team up. It turns out the two have a hidden connection to a mystical past, and must work together to discover the truth about their heritage.[6]

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Duane Lucas Pascua of Spot.ph (a publication of Summit Media) both gave praise to the film and its director, saying: "One of the key strengths of the film is how it pokes fun into the varied facets of modern Filipino culture while managing to stay away from being preachy."[7] Nestor U. Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer said the film is "visually vivid, doesn't scrimp on production values, and elicit perky performances from its actors," while also pointed out that it "fails to come off as a complete treat, due to deficiencies in its storytelling, and what eventually turns out to be its too varied mix of disparate elements, which fail to harmoniously fuse together by the film’s final fade."[8]

International Film FestivalsEdit

  • FANTASPORTO 2014-34th Oporto International Film Festival
    • Official Selection - Orient Express Section[9]
  • 14th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival
    • Official Selection - New Cinema From Asia[10]
  • Feratum 2014, Mexico
    • Exhibition Film

AwardsEdit

  • 62nd FAMAS Awards 2014
    • Best Special Effects - Winner
    • Best Actress: Marian Rivera - Nominated
    • Best Cinematography - Nominated
    • Best Production Design - Nominated
    • Best Visual Effects - Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Philippines Box Office". boxofficemojo.com.
  2. ^ "AIAI AND MARIAN'S WORLD-CLASS EPIC COMEDY-ADVENTURE FILM, "KUNG FU DIVAS" TO HIT CINEMAS OCTOBER 2". abscbnpr.com.
  3. ^ Kung Fu Divas on YouTube
  4. ^ Ai Ai, Marian Rivera to topbill comedy film
  5. ^ PEP.ph (13 September 2013). "Kapuso star Marian Rivera amazed by how Star Cinema promotes its films - PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". pep.ph.
  6. ^ Philbert Ortiz Dy. "Kung Fu Divas Movie Review - Charming Absurdity". ClickTheCity.com.
  7. ^ Duane Lucas Pascua. "MOVIE REVIEW: Kung-Fu Divas". Spot.ph.
  8. ^ Nestor U. Torre. "'Ambidextrous' tricks and shticks in otherwise diverting 'Divas'". inquirer.net.
  9. ^ "Fantasporto". fantasporto.com.
  10. ^ http://www.nifff.ch/?a=293,297&ps=ncfa#progtop

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