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Jos Rizal (film)

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This article is about the 1998 film. For the Filipino national hero, see Jos Rizal.
Jos Rizal

Directed by

Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Produced by

Gilberto Duavit
Felipe Gozon
Menardo Jimenez

Written by

Ricky Lee
Jun Lana
Peter Ong Lim


Cesar Montano
Joel Torre
Jaime Fabregas
Gloria Diaz
Gardo Versoza
Pen Medina
Mickey Ferriols

Music by

Nonong Buencamino


Rody Lacap

Edited by

Jess Navarro
Manet Dayrit

Distributed by

GMA Films

Release dates

June 12, 1998 (as part of the

Philippine Centennialcelebrations)
December 25, 1998 (theatrical release)

Running time

175 minutes






80 million (estimated)

Box office

96 million

Jos Rizal is a 1998 Filipinobiographical film of the Filipino national hero Jos Rizaldirected
by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and starring Cesar Montano as Jos Rizal.
At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film in the history of Filipino cinema with a
budget of over 80 million. The film was an official entry to the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Upon release, the film met universal critical acclaim.



3Awards and nominations


5See also


7External links

Jos Rizal was imprisoned in Fort Santiago under the abusive Spanish colonization. Meanwhile, in
Balintawak, Andrs Bonifacio and his fellow secret organization of Katipunancommenced the
uprising against the tyranny created by the Spaniards by tearing their cedula as a sign of Spanish
Soon, a first lieutenant of the Artillery, Luis Taviel de Andrade, visited Rizal. Taviel de Andrade did not
waste time to study carefully Rizal's case. In just a short period of time, Rizal and Taviel captured
each other's sympathy and eventually became friends as they had usual meetings in Rizal's cell
in Fort Santiago. Taviel was even able to celebrate Christmas with Rizal in the cell where they drank
pan get and sang together.
After Christmas, Rizal was sent to the Royal Audiencia, the colonial court of appeal, to hear the trial
against him. Soon after, the magistrates decided to condemn him under firing squad on the 30th of
the morning in Luneta.
At the night before the execution, Rizal hallucinates, seeing his alter egoprotagonist, Simoun, from
his novel El Filibusterismotempting him to change the climax of the novel.
On the morning of his execution, his kin receives a small alcohol stove (not a gas lamp as commonly
portrayed) from his cell containing the last poem "Mi Ultimo Adios". Stopping at the place of
execution facing the rising sun, Rizal requested the authorities for him to face the firing squad, but
the request was denied. Calm and without haste, he requested to have his head spared instead and
the captain agrees. At the moment the shooting squad points at his back, he readily uttered his final
words: Consummatum est("It is done").
In the events following Rizal's execution, members of the Katipunan begin their armed uprising,
completely catching the Spanish forces off guard and seized their mounts, munitions and their rifles.
They had also captured a church and executed a friar in an act of vengeance. Bonifacio and his top
generals met in their headquarters to plan a new offensive seeking to capture ten towns in a duration
of one week from the Spaniards. Rizal's picture can be seen at the background of his headquarters.


Cesar Montano as Jos

Jaime Fabregas as Luis
Taviel de Andrade

The Filipinos:

Jhong Hilario as Rizal's

prison servant

Gardo Versoza as Andrs


Chin Chin
Gutierrez as Josephine Bracken
Mickey Ferriols as Leonor

Marco Sison as Pio



Joel Lamangan as
a gobernadorcillo

LJ Moreno as Josephine
Bracken's companion

Nanding Josef as Antonio


Rizal's family:

Ronnie Lazaro as Francisco


Gloria Diaz as Teodora


Pen Medina as Paciano


Gina Alajar as Saturnina


Tanya Gomez as Narcisa


Pocholo Montes as
Justiniano Aquino Cruz

Bhey Vito as Don Doroteo


Kidlat Tahimik as a guest

(La Liga Filipina meeting)

Toto Natividad as
a Katipunan benefactor

The Filipino propagandists:

Dennis Marasigan
as Marcelo H. del Pilar

Gregg de Guzman

Tess Dumpit as Maria Rizal

Irma Adlawan as Lucia
Angie Castrence as Josefa

Mon Confiado
as Mariano Ponce

Eddie Aquino

Manolo Barrientos

Rolando Inocencio

Gilbert Onida

Jim Pebanco

Troy Martino

The Spaniards:

Kokoy Palma

Richard Merck

Jess Evardone

Rowena Basco as Trinidad


Kaye Marie June Congmon

as Soledad Rizal

Dominic Guinto as young

Jos Rizal

Ping Medina as young

Paciano Mercado

Peque Gallaga as
Archbishop Bernardino
Nozaleda, O.P.
Bon Vibar as Governor-

Noli Me Tangere and El

General Ramn Blanco

Subas Herrero as Lt.

Enrique de Alcocer

Tony Mabesa as GovernorGeneral Camilo de Polavieja

Alexis Santaren as Col.

Francisco Olive

Archie Adamos as Col.

Olive's aide

Tony Carreon as
a Dominican
friar (Gomburzaexecution)

Fritz Ynfante as
a Domincan friar (professor
at UST)

Ryan Eigenmann as
Fernando (Spaniard classmate
at UST)

Jon Achaval as Fraile 1

Cloyd Robinson as Fraile 2

Marco Zabaleta as Fraile 3

Filibusterismo characters:

Joel Torre as Crisstomo


Monique Wilson as Mara


Nonie Buencamino as Elias

Roeder Camaag as Basilio

Richard Quan as Isagani

Cristobal Gomez as Padre


In Europe:

Jesus Diaz as Spanish

medical professor

Karl Meyer as Belgian


Ogie Juliano as Padre


The Jesuits:

Chiqui Xerxes-Burgos as
Father Jos Villaclara, S.J.

Shelby Payne as Father

Estanislao March, S.J.

Minco Fabregas as Father

Francisco de Paula Sanchez, S.J.

Awards and nominations[edit]

1998 Metro Manila Film Festival

Best Picture

Best Actor (Cesar Montano)

Best Director (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Best Supporting Actor (Jaime Fabregas)

Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Diaz)

Best Screenplay (Ricky Lee, Jun Lana and Peter Ong Lim)

Best Original Story (Ricky Lee, Jun Lana and Peter Ong Lim)

Best Cinematography (Rody Lacap)

Best Editing (Jess Navarro and Manet Dayrit)

Best Sound Production (Mike Idioma)

Best Production Design (Leo Abaya)

Best Special Effects (Mark Ambat of Optima Digital)

Best Makeup (Denni Yrastorza Tan)

Best Musical Score (Nonong Buencamino)

Best Movie Theme Song (Nonong Buencamino for "Awit ni Maria


Best Festival Float

Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards

1999 FAMAS Awards

Best Picture

Best Actor (Cesar Montano)

Best Director (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Best Supporting Actor (Jaime Fabregas)

Best Cinematography (Rody Lacap)

Best Editing (Jess Navarro and Manet A. Dayrit)

Best Movie Theme Song (Nonong Buencamino for "Awit ni Maria


Best Musical Direction (Nonong Buencamino)

Best Production Design (Leo Abaya)

Best Screenplay (Ricardo Lee, Jun Lana and Peter Ong Lim)

Best Special Effects (Rolando Santo Domingo)

1999 Gawad Urian Awards

Best Direction (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Best Cinematography (Rody Lacap)

Best Music (Nonong Buencamino)

Best Production Design (Leo Abaya)

Best Sound (Albert Michael Idioma)

Best actress (Gorgonia Del Rivaera)

Best Supporting Actor (Jaime Fabregas)

1999 Star Awards for Movies

Movie of the Year

Actor of the Year (Cesar Montano)

Director of the Year (Marilou Diaz-Abaya)

Supporting Actor of the Year (Jaime Fabregas)

Adapted Screenplay of the Year (Ricardo Lee, Jun Lana and Peter
Ong Lim)

Editor of the Year (Jess Navarro and Manet A. Dayrit)

Musical Scorer of the Year (Nonong Buencamino)

Production Designer of the Year (Leo Abaya)

Sound Engineering of the Year (Albert Michael Idioma)

The film has been screened and ran in competition in different film festivals worldwide and included
in the Official Selection for Panorama in the Berlin International Film Festival (1998). It also won 2nd
runner-up in the Audience Award of the Toronto Filmfest and the Chicago International Film Festival.
[citation needed]

Reaction on the Movie, Jose Rizal

The movie Jose Rizal which was excellently played by Cesar Montano as the lead role was a
heartwarming one that shows how Rizal runs his life.
While watching the movie, I felt mixed emotions given the fact that it was made to help us, Filipinos,
understand what our national hero had done for the country. It shows how Rizal really love his mother
country for him to sacrificed his own life.
The film also works through a series of flashback showing Rizal as a genius, a write, a doctor, an artist, a
lover, a friend, a brother, a son that gives texture to his character.

It shows the great ex

planation of the Philippine history, the nationalism
and heroism in a non-violent manner, though, there were times that the characters speak in Spanish
language and I couldnt understand it unless I will read the subtitles. I could also say that the other
characters werent having any difficulties in reciting their Spanish lines.

The actors dedication for the film is inevitable especially Cesar Montano who is very perfect for the role of
Rizal. His values and great performance as the lead actor is impeccable and has a great impact on me as
the audience of the said film.
Also, the supporting casts like Jhong Hilario who played as Rizals servant, Jaime Fabregas as Rizals
attorney did a great job on portraying their role fluently. They made it easy for me to understand the flow
of the story.
However, there are also negative comments that I must say about the movie. The plot was full of twists
and turns. It is confusing to watch because of too many flashbacks and you couldnt guess whether it is
still in flashback or not. Also, some scenes are brutal, and some are not suitable for young kids such as
the bed scene wherein the Spanish priest with the used of his power tried to rape a Filipino woman.
They shouldve cut that scene knowing that this film is not only for old-aged viewers but also to the
students who are studying the life of Rizal, particularly those who have the subject El Filibusterismo and
Noli me Tangere.
All in all, the movie is superbly great. It was epic, melodrama and historian. There are funny, tearful,
griefs; hatred scenes that would surely make you appreciate it. The characters are unforgettable.
I particularly love the last scene when Rizal fell in the ground facing the sky, having his last breath look at
a beautiful surprise it only shows that Rizal did not die in vain. His death was just the beginning of
everything we aim to face the Spaniards who made us suffer.
After watching the film, I couldnt help but feel the sense of pride being him as the Philippine National
Hero. There is no one like Rizal. He is a legacy of what a real Filipino is.

Jose Rizal
Jose Rizal The Movie

This movie is a 1998 Filipino biographical film of the Philippine national hero Jos
Rizal directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and starring Cesar Montano as Jos Rizal.
Dr.Jose Rizal, our National Hero was a noble person. The movie was saying what was
the real meaning of "Patriotism" that was being instilled in every Filipino's mind. The
movie focuses on the condition of the society and also to the government at the time
of the Spanish Colonization. With the use of the novels, "Noli Me Tangere and El
Filibusterismo" written by himself the Filipinos have been awaken to the reality such
as the abusive ways of the Spaniards towards the Filipino people. It really gave the
picture of abusing and oppression of the Spanish Government and also the Friars.
Because of that, Dr. Jose Rizal finally realized that writing was the best way on how
to awake the hearts of these poor Filipino and that the start of the climax, the start
of fighting.Rizal didn't really stay being blind,mute and deaf in fighting the condition
of the Filipino. He also criticized the Friars in using the religion for abusing the
people.The movie had successfully showed some of the characteristics of the Filipino
like being brave and Patriotism especially at the time of Rizal. But lastly, the most
important for him was to give his country the freedom and justice until the end of his
The movie pertains the life of our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Describing his
youthful life, his studies, his life when he was endeavoring in the other country, his
journey, his life when he was in Dapitan and finally his life when death was
approaching to him.
The focus of the camera is very clear and it helps the scene to be seen truly. The
pictures on the movie is clear. Obviously, the actions and on how the actors and
actresses move is very truthful in the eyes of the viewers. the setting like mountains
or hills, the farms and the surrounding are also clear. They also carefully used the
technologies in order to give more of the quality of the movie.

The Jose Rizal movie is considered as an Obra Maestra directed by

a Veteran Director named Marilou Diaz- Abaya. She is really a daughter of an art and
this movie proved that. Her ways are very effective in giving the real happenings in
the life of Dr. Jose Rizal. the movie was being portrayed clear and the viewers would
really believed that it was really as it was before from the setting, actors and

Flashback.We can really see from its whole movie because the story started at the
jail. This happened when his death was approaching. He talked to Atty. Jose Taviel de
Andrade. He narrated his life from being a child until being a grown-up man. He also
narrated his love for the country until to his death. The story primarily focuses on the
life of Rizal as a good son, respectful and intelligent student and a true gentleman. It
focuses also to his works in arts but not in every woman who got involved to
him.Obviously, the role of the women before was they dont have major role in
speaking but on the action that's very essential in delivering the message. Lastly, we
can see here also the works of Jose Rizal such as the two novels mentioned above.

Mr. Cesar Montano, the primary actor is a great actor. Even in speaking spanish and
how to forge the handwritten of Jose Rizal and these help the movie to be effective.

The supporting actors and actresses are also great in giving their roles,portraying it
right and the message is effective.
I can really recommend this to all viewers because there are a lot of values that can we get from
the movie even if it has violence.

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1 komento:
Madilyn Adams CaresusaAgosto 7, 2012 nang 2:43 AM

This is a good review. U'v critiqued every part of it from the synopsis, theme up to the
recommendation. I just hope this is not a copy paste output. But I suggest u develop it into a paragraph
style to let the ideas flow simultaneously.

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