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Two Films by Lino Brocka: Manila in the Claws of Light and Insiang Two Films by Lino Brocka: Manila in the Claws of Light and Insiang

Two films from the great Philippines director Lino Brocka Two films from the great Philippines director Lino Brocka
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Lino Brocka is one of the most important directors to ever emerge from South East Asia. Much of his work has for a long time been unavailable, but thanks to Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, two of his best, Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) and Insiang (1976) can now be seen, released as part of this limited edition 4-disc collection.

 MANILLA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT

A fascinating portrait of life in Manila’s corrupt, teeming and polluted urban jungle, Manila in the Claws of Light tells the story of Julio, a 21-year-old fisherman who arrives in the Filipino capital looking for his girlfriend. Immediately robbed of what little cash he has, he scrabbles to survive, drifting through a number of temporary jobs, while wandering the city in search of his beloved.

INSIANG

 After she is raped by her mother’s boyfriend Dado, Insiang flees her home, seeking comfort in the arms of her would-be boyfriend, Bebot. Finding him to be little better than her attacker, she is forced to return home where she turns the situation upon itself and exacts her revenge.

Lino Brocka is one of the most important directors to ever emerge from South East Asia. Much of his work has for a long time been unavailable, but thanks to Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project, two of his best, Manila in the Claws of Light (1975) and Insiang (1976) can now be seen, released as part of this limited edition 4-disc collection.

 MANILLA IN THE CLAWS OF LIGHT

A fascinating portrait of life in Manila’s corrupt, teeming and polluted urban jungle, Manila in the Claws of Light tells the story of Julio, a 21-year-old fisherman who arrives in the Filipino capital looking for his girlfriend. Immediately robbed of what little cash he has, he scrabbles to survive, drifting through a number of temporary jobs, while wandering the city in search of his beloved.

INSIANG

 After she is raped by her mother’s boyfriend Dado, Insiang flees her home, seeking comfort in the arms of her would-be boyfriend, Bebot. Finding him to be little better than her attacker, she is forced to return home where she turns the situation upon itself and exacts her revenge.

Extras

New 4K restorations of both films

Manila... A Filipino Film (Mike de Leon, 1975, 23 mins): fascinating making-of documentary featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage

Manila stills and collections gallery

Visions Cinema: Film in the Philippines (Ron Orders, 1983, 40 mins): Tony Rayns interviews Lino Brocka and other prominent Filipino directors

Signed: Lino Brocka (Christian Blackwood, 1987, 84 mins): award-winning, feature-length documentary exploring the director’s life and work

The Guardian Lecture: Lino Brocka in conversation with Tony Rayns (1982, 62 mins, audio only)

Illustrated booklet featuring a new essay by Cathy Landicho Clark, an interview with Lino Brocka from 1980, and full film credits

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SKU 5035673012789
Catalogue Number BFIB1230
Subtitle Contains Manilla and Insiang
Product contents 2xDVD, 2 X Blu-ray
Year 1975,1976
Director Lino Brocka
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Philippines
Aspect ratio original aspect ratios 1.85:1 and 1.37:1
Colour Colour
Sound PCM mono audio (48kHz/24-bit)
Subtitles English
Language(s) Filipino
Running time 249 mins
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15

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