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Synopsis: In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar—a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango—is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he gets ambushed while driving both his boss’s twelve year-old girl and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events progress wildly unaccording to plan, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.


Crime / Thriller





Run Time

84 minutes




Arnold Reyes (Marlon Villar)
Menggie Cobarrubias (Mr. Manuel Changho)
Dido De La Paz (Detective Ramos)
Leon Miguel (Visel)
Ella Guevara (Elvie Villar)
Marife Necesito (Mrs. Marcy Changho)
Patricia Ona Gayod (Sophia Changho)
Yam Wilson (ChiChi)
Angeli Bayani (Lina Villar)
Archie Adamos (JoeJoe)

Directed by

Ron Morales

Written by

Ron Morales

Produced by

Rebecca Lundgren
Sam Rider

Edited by

James Lesage
Ron Morales
Jorge Olortegui


Adam Schoenberg
Steven Schoenberg

Production Designer

Rolando Rubenecia


Sung Rae Cho


San Diego Asian Film Festival - USA - 2012

Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature

Gasparilla International Film Festival - USA - 2013

Audience Award - World Showcase (Ron Morales)


Tribecca Film Festival - 2012

2nd Place: Audience Award

Official selection

Official Selection: Fantasia Film Festival - 2012

Official Selection: Fantastic Fest - 2012


Graceland ... has a ruthlessness rarely attempted by its North American counterparts. - Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail

A potent combo of hostage thriller and high-impact morality play. - Richard Kuipers, Variety

A tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray. - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

The social and economic pitfalls facing the vast urban underclass of Manila's sprawling metropolitan area are depicted with unflinching regard in Ron Morales' observant low-budget Filipino feature, a blend of ruthless crime drama and grim thriller. - Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

A nerve-shredding Philippines-set thriller made with such skill that its low budget barely registers. - Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post


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Aspect Ratio

1.85 : 1

Sound Mix

Dolby Digital


Canon 5D

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