Trip to Quiapo

Trip to Quiapo

Movie Review
MNL 143
Directed by Emerson Reyes

By Noel Vera

You’d think Emerson Reyes’s MNL 143 took inspiration from Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, or Steven Knight’s Locke — both very good films that largely take place inside a public transport vehicle — and you’d be wrong; Reyes’s film came out three years before Panahi’s, and a year before Knight’s. Not that I’m suggesting Panahi or Knight were inspired by Reyes (Though who knows? The film screened in the Edinburgh festival the year it was released), just that the Filipino filmmaker is every bit as capable of conceiving a reasonably novel concept and now — thanks to digital filmmaking and fund-raising efforts to support that filmmaking — are able to realize them on the big/small/online screen.

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Roaming China

Roaming China

Videogame Review
Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13
PlayStation 4

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong

ROMANCE of the Three Kingdoms 13 (ROTK 13) is the latest installment in Koei’s long-running series. The series has certainly come a long way, establishing a dedicated fanbase not only in Japan but also in China and America since its inception in the 1980s. ROTK 13 uses Luo Guanzhong’s novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms as the baseline of its plot, and has players experiencing key events in the book, allowing them to either relive it faithfully or to change it as they see fit. The game lets players take part in the Three Kingdoms era of China as one of many officers during the time period or even as their own self-inserted avatar. Whether starting small or starting big, the players’ ultimate objective is to unite factions together under one banner by instigating conflict or engaging in diplomacy.

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