Erich Gonzales and Derek Ramsay topbill Corazon, a period love story about "aswangs"

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Derek Ramsay and Erich Gonzales are the lead stars of Corazon, a horror love story set during the Japanese period.


Kung sa drama na-identify sa telebisyon ang young actress na si Erich Gonzales (Tanging Yaman, Katorse, etc), isang period love story/suspense-horror movie naman ang handog ni Erich sa kanyang mga tagahanga: ang Corazon.

Kasama ni Erich si Derek Ramsay sa pelikula na mula sa Skylight Films, ang independent film outlet ng Star Cinema.

Sa pamamagitan ng e-mail, nakapanayam ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang writer-director ng Corazon na si Richard Somes, na kilala rin sa movie industry bilang isang award-winning production designer.

Paano nagsimula ang pagbuo ng pelikulang Corazon?

"I conceptualized the story three years ago, after I finished my first horror full-length script, Yanggaw, a story that dwells on the aswang myth and the culture that surrounds the legend," simula ni Direk Richard.

"So, sabi ko, it’s nice to explore the genre which is very close to us. I decided to do an aswang series dahil matagal na akong hindi nakakapanood ng local horror movies on these kinds of stories.

"My first aswang story was in Shake Rattle & Roll 2k5, yung episode na "Lihim ng San Joaquin" starring Mark Anthony Fernadez and Tanya Garcia. It’s a story of a man trying to protect his pregnant wife from the community of aswangs, a Western action-inspired horror movie.

"The second one was Yanggaw (starring Ronnie Lazaro), that was inspired by local aswang folklore, but I blended the genre of horror and family drama.

"At eto na nga ang kasunod, ang Corazon. It’s my dream talaga to do a story na period na horror, and this one, this still holds on to the aswang story. It became my third aswang movie."

Ano’ng kaibahan ng Corazon sa past horror films niya?

"It’s in a different set of modes and treatment. It is my horror love story. Parang fairy tale or fable ang gusto kong i-set na tone. Tapos, Japanese time pa. So, medyo interesting ang kuwento," lahad ni Direk.

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Inamin ni Direk Richard na ang ABS-CBN ang nag-desisyon sa kanyang cast. Aside from Erich and Derek, nasa cast rin sina Tetchie Agbayani, Jeffrey Quizon, Mark Gil, Mon Confiado, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Dan Alvaro, and Sharlene San Pedro.

"ABS-CBN decided on the cast, but I really asked for Derek Ramsay sa una pa lang, dahil feeling ko talaga ay fit sa kanya ang lead character—a strong and principled man na iconic ang presence.

"Tipong Clark Gable or Brad Pitt sa Legends of the Fall. Yun talaga ang nasa isip ko when I created the character.

"Tapos, na-excite talaga ako noong sinabi ng executives na Erich Gonzales will play the lead actress as Corazon, the center of the story.

"I’m so excited, dahil nakita ko yung strength in her acting, her look, at lalo na ang aura niya. Nakita ko yung elements ng Corazon character sa kanya—her fragile appearance, her vulnerability as a woman, and her struggle to overcome pain.

"Nakita ko yun kay Erich. So nu’ng gumiling na ang kamera, ang dali na lang ng lahat, dahil buo na ang charaters nila.

"And then, you have the great Mark Gil, who plays the villain which I describe as one of his best performances again.

"Then the wonderful, excellent and ever chameleon Epi Quizon, who brought another life to the story. The ever gracious and stunning Tetchie Agbayani in a conflicted and complicated role which she delivers in a heart-wrenching moment.

"Then, I got Mon Confiado na dapat ay sa isang scene lang lalabas sa movie, pero nu’ng malaman kong kasama siya sa cast, ang sabi ko sa producers, I will re-write the script to cater to Mon Confiado’s role because I know Mon will bring other layers in the story.

"I also got Maria Isabel Lopez, a larger than life presence on the screen, to play a very, very important role that adds another dimension to the characters and the story as a whole.

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"Sharlene San Pedro softens the mode of the scenes every time she appears. Si Sue Prado, siya ang nagre-represent sa point of view ng town. Dan Alvaro also has a strong presence on the screen," pahayag ni Direk Richard tungkol sa kanyang cast.

SYNOPSIS. Tungkol saan nga ba ang Corazon? Saan umiikot ang istorya?

"In Corazon, we will know how the aswang legend started and how it became part of our conciousness and the Pinoy culture.

"Pero my story, wala namang basis ito sa history talaga. Isa siyang total fiction. Gumawa lang ako ng thread ng kuwento na posiibleng ma-connect natin sa mga pinaniniwalaan natin na kwento tungkol sa aswang.

"This is a story of a woman who renounced her faith and turns her wrath and vengeance on the town she believes responsible for her suffering and pain," saad ng writer-director.


Ano naman ang kaibahan nito sa past films na nagawa niya o ano ang espesyal sa pelikula para sa kanya?


"The film is special dahil malaki ang risk ko sa story, kasi nga, hindi siya total horror. Pangalawa, ako ang line producer, ang dami kong sinacrifice talaga para matapos ang movie.

"Third, natutuwa ako everytime ma-realize ko na ang isang kwento, na ikinukwento ko lang sa loob ng bahay, kasama ng pamilya ko at kaibigan, nagawa ko na, nakikita ko na and may producer din na nagka-gusto para i-produce ito.

"Siyempre, para sa akin special talaga siya, dahil sa dami ng kwento na dumarating araw-araw, kwento ko pa ang napili. Masaya lang ako na nabuo na lahat," sabi ni Direk Richard.

Ayon sa direktor, for the first time ay ginamit niya ang tinatawag na "red camera," isang makabagong camera sa mundo ng indie cinema.

"Ang red camera ay bagay sa look ng kuwento," banggit niya. "We constructed the whole town from scratch. Meaning, nagtayo kami ng sets para ma-control namin ang shoot and at the same time, ma-control ang look dahil period siya.

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"Isang mabigat na planning din sa logistics ang nangyari dahil limited lang ang budget."

Kung may mensahe man ang pelikula, ano ang gusto niyang iparating sa kanyang audience?

"It’s the ultimate and undying love," sagot nito.

PRODUCTION STAFF ng Corazon:

Director: Richard V. Somes

Producer: Skylight Films

Executive Producer: Enrico Santos

Supervising Producer: Lea Calmerin

Associate Producer: Riza Montelibano

Director pf Photography: Hermann Claravall

Production Designers: Armi Rae Cacanindin and Michael Espanol

Editors: Borgy Torre and Angelie Laparan

Production Manager: Mai-mai Montelibano

Location Manager: Darry de la Cruz

Costume Designer: Tracy Dizon

Last year ay naging official entry rin sa Cinema One Originals ang pelikula niyang Ishmael starring Ronnie Lazaro, Mark Gil, at Pen Medina.

Naging production designer naman si Richard Somes sa Panday at Exodus ni Senator Bong Revilla, pati na ang TV series ng ABS-CBN na Imortal na pinagbibidahan nina John Lloyd Cruz at Angel Locsin.

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