Ejay Falcon and Joseph Marco both enjoyed shooting action sequences for Saka Saka, an indie film about political assassins.
Alex Abueg (played by Ejay) and Abner Abueg (played by Joseph) brothers who grow up in a world of violence and politics as private assassins called saka saka. Their loyalty to each other is tested as their duty and principles collide.
Helmed by Dugong Buhay director Toto Natividad, Saka Saka sheds light on a little known practice of politicians in northern provinces of the Philippines, particularly in Abra.
Politicians give tracts of land to political assassins who tend to the land, hence the term saka saka.
Direk Toto explained, "Ang saka saka ay tawag sa mga political killers. Binibigyan sila ng lupain ng mga politicians.
"Kapag wala silang ina-assassinate, sinasaka lang nila ang lupa."
The action movie Saka Saka is one of the five full-length films included in the New Wave category of the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival.
The entries will be screened at SM Megamall and Glorietta 4 until December 24, 2013.
(To read PEP's Guide to MMFF 2013 New Wave Section, CLICK HERE)
"Totoong story po ito ng mga nagsisilbi sa mga politicians at ginagamit ng mga politicians para sa kanilang kapakanan para i-eliminate ang mga kalaban nila sa politika.
"History po ito ng mga saka saka na pinasa sa anak na pinasa sa apo. Ang bata pa ng mga ito at ang alam nila, misyon nila sa buhay na protektahan ang kanilang gobernador..."
He later revealed that these saka saka are trained as early as possible.
"Elementary pa lang, bumabanat na ito," disclosed Direk Toto.
Richard Reynante of Cinebro (producer of Saka Saka) says their goal is to make more action films in the future.
“Gusto naming i-test yung market if there would be takers kasi I believe, lalo na sa mga probinsya, yung mga kalalakihan natin doon gustong manuod ng mga Tagalog na action movies. Kung mapapatunayan natin na there would still be a market, we plan to make this regular."
He also pointed out that they are not glorifying these political assassins.
"For me, the point is not portraying them as villains. We are humanizing them. Pinapakita namin kung bakit sila pumapatay ng ganun.
"We are not condoning the fact na pumapatay sila—that is wrong by all counts. Pero pinapakita namin na may dahilan kung bakit umabot sila sa ganung pagkakataon."
EJAY FULFILLS DREAM OF BEING ACTION STAR. Even before he joined showbiz, Ejay admitted that he already wanted to become an action star.
When asked if he has any dream role, he readily answered, "Gusto ko yung parang Alyas Waway ni Cesar Montano. Kasi lagi akong mabait [sa teleserye]. Fan talaga ako ni Cesar kasi ang husay niya.
"Kasi ang lagi kong ginagawa sa teleserye, ang bait ko at umiiyak.
"Gusto ko maangas naman ako. Pwede ako magpakalbo, kahit magpa-tattoo ako."
How did he prepare for Saka Saka?
"Bago namin ginawa ang Saka Saka, nag-training kami para hindi kami matamaan at inaaral namin ang mga galaw.
"Ito ang first action movie na gagawin ko kaya naging maingat kami para hindi kami matamaan at hindi rin kami makatama."
CONFLICTING IDEOLOGIES. Even though the characters of Ejay and Joseph are brothers, they have conflicting ideologies that will be explored in the film.
Ejay says about his character Alex, "Ang karakter ko dito pumapatay at pinagpapatuloy ko kung ano ang sinimulan ng aking tatay.
"Si Joseph, dun siya nag-iba ng pananaw. Gusto niya ng ibang klase ng buhay."
Joseph (who plays the younger brother Abner) pointed out, "Siya ang parang nag-ga-guide sa akin at ginawa niya, para maiwas ako sa danger, pinapunta niya ako sa Maynila.
"Pag dating ko sa Maynila, may nakilala akong babae at sabi ko kay Ejay na, 'teka, mali ang ginagawa natin.'
"Dun nagkaroon ng lamat ang relationship namin."
LOVE SCENE WITH KATHLEEN HERMOSA. Ejay has done steamy scenes with Yam Concepcion for ABS-CBN's afternoon teleserye Dugong Buhay.
However, he shot Saka Saka first, which is why he considers this project as the first time he shot intimate scenes.
In the film, Ejay's character gets a reward from a politician who sends him a woman to provide sexual favors.
The prostitute in Saka Saka is played by Kathleen Hermosa.
"Ang role niya dito, may pagka-pokpok," revealed Ejay. "Noong una, takot na takot ako kasi sinasabi sa akin, magpapakita ako ng puwet!"
Did he actually show his butt in this movie?
"Hindi ko ginawa," he said with a laugh.
"Noong ginagawa namin ang kissing scene, kinakabahan ako."
When asked to elaborate about the love scene he did for the movie, he quipped, "Kaya ako nag-action para sa love scene!"
Turning serious, Ejay said, "Isa lang ang love scene.
"Ginawa sa kubo at sobrang hirap gawin."
He recalled that the boyfriend of Kathleen was even present on the set to watch the shooting.
JOSEPH, FROM MODEL TO ACTION STAR. 25-year-old actor Joseph Marco used to be a model before he joined showbiz.
He is currently seen in the primetime teleserye Honesto.
"Itong movie na ito, sobrang laking tulong sa akin kasi na-realize ko na kaya ko rin palang mag-action.
"Sobrang naging thankful ako kasi pinagkatiwalaan ako ni Direk."
When asked to choose between action and drama, Joseph admitted, "Sana maging ticket ko ito para malinya ako na maging magaling na action star. Kasi mas na-enjoy ko siya kaysa sa pagiging dramatic actor."
Aside from directing Saka Saka, Toto Natividad also wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Willy Laconsay and Manuel Buising. The film also stars Baron Geisler (as the father of Ejay and Joseph's characters), Toby Alejar, and Perla Bautista. The movie also introduces Akiko Solon and Martin Imperial.
Ejay Falcon shoots love scene with Kathleen Hermosa for Saka Saka, indie film about political assassins
by Jocelyn Dimaculangan posted on December 18, 2013