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Jowable

M
Philippines, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: Filipino, English
Director: Darryl Yap
Starring: Kakai Bautista, Kim Molina, Jerald Napoles
What’s it about?
Despite being surrounded and supported by friends, Elsa still feels miserable and envious of every couple she sees. Finally, Lady Luck smiles upon her and she meets a guy, and the attraction is instantly mutual. Is this the love she’s been waiting for all her life? Will this be the happiness she has been searching for, or will she find her happiness somewhere else?

 

Sid & Aya

M
Philippines, 2018
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English, Tagalog
Director: Irene Villamor
Starring: Anne Curtis, Dingdong Dantes, Gabby Eigenmann, Cholo Barretto, Bubbles Paraiso, Josef Elizalde
What’s it about?
Sid is a tough, no-nonsense, insomniac stockbroker, who’ll stop at anything to get what he wants. Meanwhile, Aya works as a barista, laundry shop attendant and even an amusement park performer. Their worlds collide when the two meet at a café where Aya works and have an instant connection. Sid hires Aya just for her to talk to him while he struggles with his insomnia. From a complicated setup develops an even more complicated affair that spans time and distance.

 

Miss Granny

M
Philippines, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: Filipino
Director: Joyce Bernal
Starring: Nova Villa, Sarah Geronimo, James Reid
What’s it about?
In the ultimate wish fulfilment, a septuagenarian unlocks a second chance at her youth when a photo shoot magically transforms her body back to its 20-year-old self. Will she discover that youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? (And also, where can we get one of those cameras?) This Filipino film is a remake of the wildly successful South Korean film of the same name. It’s even touted to get a US remake under Tyler Perry.  

Miss Granny review: Body swap comedy has heart – and hair

 

Unforgettable

PG
Philippines, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Filipino
Director: Perci Intalan
Starring: Sarah Geronimo, Kim Molina, Anne Curtis
What’s it about?
This one is for the dog lovers, and shows how these four-legged friends can really change your life. Rose embarks on an unforgettable journey with her newfound friend, Happy, a stray dog. Rose is on her way to reunite with her beloved grandmother who is ill. She brings Happy along believing that the dog could help her grandmother fully recover. Along the way, Rose and Happy change and touch the lives of the people who cross their path.

 

Kita Kita

PG
Philippines, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: Filipino
Director: Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo
Starring: Alessandra De Rossi, Empoy Marquez
What’s it about?
Kita Kita (I See You) tells the story of Lea and Tonyo, two Filipinos living in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Lea is a Velo taxi tour guide. She suffers an accident which leads to her being affected by temporary blindness. Her blindness, if not cured in a few weeks, could become permanent. Tonyo lives right across from Lea. Lea tries her best to ignore him at first because she is scared of not seeing him. But Tonyo is determined to be her friend, using humour and kindness to make a connection.

 

Just a Stranger

M
Philippines, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Filipino
Director: Jason Paul Laxamana
Starring: Anne Curtis, Marco Gumabao
What’s it about?
Mae is a strong, independent woman who is married to a man much older than her. In one of her travels to Portugal, she meets JekJek, and there is an instant attraction. JekJek is 15 years younger than Mae and a far cry from her established and wealthy husband. Just a Stranger is the story of how two souls are joined inexplicably together in a time and place that they both least expected.

 

If you have finished your Filipino movie marathon and haven’t yet watched the first Australian–Filipino TV series, it’s time to watch…

 

The Unusual Suspects

We love a good caper, and a heist caper is even better. When self-made businesswoman Roxanne Waters’ $16 million necklace goes missing, the ensuing police investigation exposes cracks in the sparkling façade of Eastern Sydney. With the stakes higher than ever, the masterminds can either turn on each other, or discover a friendship worth more than any diamond. With a brilliant cast including Miranda Otto, Susie Porter, Aina Dumlao, Michelle Vergara Moore, Peter O’Brien, Matt Day and Toby Leonard Moore, this SBS Original series is the first ever Australian–Filipino production.

The Unusual Suspects’ world premiere is exclusively on SBS at 8.30pm Thursday 3 June, airing weekly. The full season is now streaming at SBS On Demand. It is available with Filipino, Hindi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean and Simplified Chinese subtitles.

 



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