Thursday, December 17, 2015


Acclaimed actor John Lloyd Cruz’s successful streak continues after his movie with Bea Alonzo “A Second Chance” has raked in over P500 million in the box-office. John Lloyd’s star is certainly shining more brightly because his film, the family drama, “Honor Thy Father,” wherein he is co-executive producer with Reality Entertainment’s Dondon Monteverde, is an official entry of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Directed by Erik Matti and written by Michiko Yamamoto, “HTF” tells the saga of a father named Edgar. In the story, the investment business run by his wife Kaye collapses, prompting co-financiers to pressure Edgar and his wife Kaye to return the money. As the head of the family, Edgar does everything he can to protect Kaye and their daughter Angel (Meryll Soriano and Krystal Brimner) from the disgruntled investors hounding them.

Although Lloydie’s role in the MMFF entry is different from his previous films, the great talent that has endeared him to fans definitely comes to fore. Not surprisingly, John Lloyd immediately fell in love with the character of Edgar and was excited to work every single shooting day. 

According to Direk Erik, the script was tailor-made to showcase JLC’s acting prowess. “Lahat ng hindi pa nagagawa ni John Lloyd sa nauna niyang movies, ginawa niya for the first time sa ‘Honor Thy Father.’”

“HTF” premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival where it received good reviews from The Hollywood Reporter. When the film opened the 2015 Cinema One Originals Film Festival, an SRO crowd flocked to watch and they swooned over John Lloyd’s mind-blowing performance and the film’s awesome production values and storytelling.

“HTF” is the lastest collaboration of the producer-director tandem of Dondon Monteverde and Erik Matti. Their courageous, ground-breaking partnership has given birth to new concepts in cinema such as the films “Prosti,” “Pa-Siyam,” “Exodus,” “Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles,” “Rigodon,” “On The Job,” and “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2.”

This JLC starrer is the third consecutive production of the Matti and Monteverde duo to be given a grade of “A” by the Cinema Evaluation Board. Their two previous “A” movies were “On The Job” and “Kubot.”

As added treat for the viewers, the MMFF version of “Honor Thy Father” will contain additional scenes and a new song that is not in the international version. Its Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) rating is R-13 so members of the family aged 13 and above can definitely watch it.

John Lloyd’s stunning performance will shine again starting December 25 when “Honor Thy Father” opens in cinemas nationwide. Also in the cast are the equally praiseworthy Tirso Cruz III, Dan Fernandez, Boom Labrusca, Khalil Ramos, William Martinez and Yayo Aguila.

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