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Japanese actor in PH film wins in New York

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Japanese actor Jacky Woo won best actor for Filipino filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Haruo” at the International Film Festival Manhattan held in New York, according to the fest’s website. Alix confirmed that Woo attended the event and even delivered parts of his acceptance speech in Filipino. Woo is in the cast and is the producer of Alix’s latest indie film “Death March.” Alix is one of the honorees in the 3rd Inquirer Indie Bravo! Tribute. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Auspicious start for MMFF 2011

WOO AND ROCES. Topbill Alix’s crime drama.

Their screenings may have been limited, but the entries to the indie division (full-length features and student shorts) of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival are a satisfying mix of thematically significant dramas, darkly whimsical comedies and character studies. And, while they aren’t as well-realized as the films of Cinemalaya, it’s instructive to note that they’re better-crafted than the head-scratchers of Cinema One’s recent edition. A sad exception: Neil Tan’s “HIV (Si Aida, Si Ivy at Si V).”

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