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Brillante Mendoza's New Movie Gensan Punch Is Premiering at Busan International Film Festival

The Filipino-made HBO Asia Original also got an award nomination.

The 26th Busan International Film Festival has just kicked off, and the event is looking to be an exciting one as two Filipino movies are featured this year: On The Job: The Missing 8 and Gensan Punch.

Erik Matti's On The Job: The Missing 8 is included in the list of films under the A Window on Asian Cinema category. While Brillante Mendoza's Gensan Punch was nominated for the Kim Jiseok Award alongside six other films from Singapore, China, India, Japan, and more.

Now in its fourth year, the Kim Jiseok Award honors the most attractive films that reflect the contemporary standing of Asian cinema. The jurors will select two receipients for the award who will be given as cash prize of $10,000 (approximately P500,000).

"I am very excited that more Filipino films, projects, and talents have been selected to participate in such a respected film festival to showcase their stories. The agency is ready to support upcoming projects and talents that will make a mark on the future of our Philippine Cinema," said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño.

Gensan Punch stars Shogen, Ronnie Lazaro, and Beauty Gonzalez. Read HBO Asia's description of the film below.

Inspired by the true story of Naozumi Tsuchiyama, GENSAN PUNCH is about a Japanese man with a prosthetic leg who goes to the Philippines to train and pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. The so-called Gensan Quarter of General Santos City has long been known for producing athletes including presidential candidate Manny Pacquiao. The film tackles the issue of discrimination towards the disabled, especially in competitive sport.


We don't know about you, but we're counting down the days until we can watch the HBO Asia Original.

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