Seiko Films

Seiko Films was a Philippine film production company owned and run by Robbie Tan. It is known for its bold films of the late 1990s. Seiko Films was known for its tagline "If it's from Seiko, it must be good" used from 1989 to 1994.[1][2]

Seiko Films
Film production company
IndustryMotion pictures
FateSuspended due to the distribution of pornographic films
Founded1984; 36 years ago (1984)
Defunct2007; 13 years ago (2007)
Headquarters,
Key people
Robbie Tan
Chairman

HistoryEdit

Seiko Films made its initial offering in 1984 with the trio of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon starring in Goodah! Since then, after the People Power revolution, Seiko Films fast became one of the major productions in the late 80s, alongside Monteverde's Regal Films and Vic Del Rosario's Viva Films. The film production is home to its homegrown stars, mostly Regal babies like Romnick Sarmenta, Sheryl Cruz, Rey "PJ" Abellana and Gretchen Barretto as well as talents inside Seiko like Jestoni Alarcon, Ian Veneracion, John Regala, Cesar Montano and Rita Avila. Among its most memorable productions during its early years are The Life Story of Julie Vega and Blusang Itim, as well as Horror flicks Huwag Mong Buhayin Ang Bangkay and Hiwaga sa Balete Drive.[3][4]

In 1989, Seiko ventured into Action movies by the time the genre was on the rise. Among its notable action movies produced were Ang Lihim ng Golden Budha and Alyas Baby Face, as well as biopics Ako ang Batas: General Karingal, Canary Brothers and Lt. Col. Alejanndro Yanquling. Majority of the movies produced throughout the 90s are focused in this genre.

In 1995, Seiko ventured into ST (sex trip) production, particularly with Rosanna Roces, Priscilla Almeda and Natasha Ledesma. Despite its pornographic content, Seiko's movies made Rosanna Roces a popular sex symbol. Roces' departure from Seiko also made her a household name in movies outside Seiko, mostly from Viva and Regal making her an award-winning actress. This would be Seiko's focus starting 2000.

In 2003, Seiko Films ventured into wholesome films. The Liberated series, directed by Mac Alejandre, became those of the most important films in the history of Seiko. Seiko produced movies later like Bridal Shower (2003), the mockumentary Bikini Open (2005), the family comedy I Wanna Be Happy (2006) and the psycho-erotic thriller Silip (2007). Seiko Films also co-produced the award-winning Foster Child (2007) by director Brilliante Mendoza. In late 2007, Seiko was reportedly suspended by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) due to the prominence of the production of sexual oriented movies.

Remakes of Seiko MoviesEdit

This is a list of some movies produced by Seiko that were remade as TV series:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yeatter, Bryan (2007). "Cinema of the Philippines: A History and Filmography (1897-2005)". McFarland & Company. p. 194. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "The Fookien Times Philippines Yearbook". Fookien Times. 1990. p. 320. Retrieved May 7, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Seiko Jewels". Tempo. June 18, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Seiko Films Jewels: Where are they now?". GMA Network. June 29, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2020.