Award-winning director Lino Brocka’s handiwork is evident in each of the cinematic treasures included in this anthology. Three separate stories about people who, in different ways, seek a way out of the lives they have become trapped in. In the first installment, “Mga Hugis ng Pag-Asa”(“The Shapes of Hope”), we follow a young drug addict, Noni, as he struggles through a drug rehabilitation program and also tries to come to terms with issues regarding his parentage. The second film, “Hellow, Soldier”, tells the story of Gina, a GI baby who arranges a meeting with her American father in the hopes that he will take her away from the squalor of the slums where she lives, even if it means leaving her birth mother behind. The final story, “Bukas, Madilim, Bukas” (“Tomorrow the Darkness”) concerns the frustrations of Rosenda, a good Catholic daughter who has given up her own life and dreams to tend to her domineering, ailing mother. — Cinefilipino
Lino Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago!.
In 1974 Brocka directed Weighed But Found Wanting, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).
The following year he directed The Claws of Light, which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm 1. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso. The episodic plot… read more
WOW!! I thought I'd never find it here but here it is!!! YES!!!! My favorite Lino Brocka film!! All those three stories are very fascinating!!! God I've watched it for 3 times and the third part maybe 10 times! AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!.. I LOVE MUBI!!!!!!