Rated R movies slowly making a comeback


(From left) Francine Prieto, Polo Ravales, and Diana Zubiri are slated to do a movie for Seiko Films entitled Silip.



Nagbabadya ang pagbabalik ng Rated R (Restricted) movies.

Almost pronounced dead when the chain of SM cinemas have decided not to show any R-rated movies, nawala ang mga small-time producers and its small-time sexy starlets sa showbiz around two years ago.

Kung may nagpu-produce man ngayon ng mga pelikulang may temang Rated R, pang-independent na lang ito at factored out nang hindi maipalalabas sa SM Cinemas, which is said to be almost sixty percent of all theaters in the country. Paisa-isa, nakakalusot naman ang mga matitinong Rated R movies katulad ng Ilusyon (Yul Servo and Jaycee Parker) at Rome & Juliet (Mylene Dizon and Andrea del Rosario), o 'di kaya ang sadyang mapangahas na Masahista (Coco Martin) or Twilight Dancers (Tyrone Perez).

Isa pang nakalusot na Rated R movie ay ang unang handog ng Daven Films, ang Troika. Introducing a slew of new stars—Mara Altiera, Jamil Basa, and Andre Soriano, together with Will Sandejas and two Viva Provoq men Josh Ivan Morales and John Ron Tañada—it is also the first directorial job of talent manager Ihman Esturco. The movie is shown exclusively sa mga non-SM cinemas, particularly sa Robinsons chain of cinemas who counters SM's rule of not showing any Rated R movies.

With the success of these movies and the introduction of a new rating system from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), ang R-13 (no minors below 13 are allowed to enter the moviehouse even with guardians)—marami na namang gustong sumubok gumawa ng mga ganitong klaseng pelikula.

Last Sunday, February 18, nag-story conference ang Seiko Films for its first movie of the year entitled Silip. This is intended for a Rated R-13 audience and will star two Seiko jewels, Diana Zubiri and Francine Prieto, together with Polo Ravales. Si Raquel Villavicencio ang susulat ng script nito at si Joel Lamangan naman ang magiging direktor. Shooting starts on March 1.

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This is not the only R-rated movie of Polo and Direk Joel intended for this year. Gagawin din nila ang Lihis, isang gay-themed movie na posibleng itampok rin sina Jay Manalo and Allen Dizon.


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