Filipino films are not part of the mainstream. Japanese films were probably most Westerners’ introduction to Asian cinema in the 1950s. During the 1990s, Chinese filmmakers like Wong Kar-Wai and John Woo brought massive attention to Hong Kong. Even South Korea has received some much-deserved acclaim in the last decade or so, due in part to that countries’ knack for creepy horror and violent vengeance epics. The Philippines, however, is not a country well known to the West for its cinema. In fact, aside from Manila In The Claws Of Brightness and Himala, from 1975 and 1982, respectively, and Quentin Tarantino’s proclamation of love for Filipino filmmakers working in the 70s, Filipino cinema remains strangely underrated, and undervalued.