Irrefutable: Jerrold Tarog’s “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” is punching in serious numbers at the box office. The film, currently on its third week, has inevitably scored its own variation of the cult-like status enjoyed by its predecessor, “Heneral Luna”, drawing from eager fans everything from supremely bankable ‘ships (I’m looking at you, Jovente!) to incredible fan art.
One even reimagines the historical biopic as a Seinen-style anime. Check out Cioccolatodorima’s creation:
To the initiated (read: those who haven’t watched it—you should!), the film follows a couple of months into the momentous Battle of Tirad Pass, in which the eponymous general, Gregorio Del Pilar (Paulo Avelino), makes his last stand against the Americans.
“The revolution marches on against the Americans after the bloody death of General Antonio Luna. The conflicted philosophies behind the heroic struggle continue and become personified in the colorful character of General Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar.”
In my Unreel Essential review, I said that the film is “a somber tale of introspection with furtive yet fierce intensity marshaled by Jerrold Tarog’s trademark craftsmanship,” which is code for “it’s a very good film and you should spend your money on it”.
“Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” is still showing in theaters.