Sunday is precious. In Taipei's Little Philippines, peopled, as it is with guest workers that put in six-day-weeks, Sunday is priceless. Sunday's little diversions, its simple pleasures, perk up wilting ambition and rejuvenate flagging aspiration. Migrant labor aspiration, fuel, the global economy burns, owes much to Sunday's particular charms. The discovery of an abandoned couch, this particular Sunday, sets this story in motion. Filipino guest workers, Manuel and Dado, hoist the couch and head back to their dormitory in the industrial fringes of the Taipei hinterland. This absurdest road movie is driven forward by the conflict between their irrational hopes and the lurking personal demons of cold, hard rationale. Pinoy Sunday walks rural-third-world protagonists through traffic heavy, fast-paced, modern city streets and freeways; till 'irrational hope' and 'the demons of cold, hard rationale' mutate, and one is soon indistinguishable from the other.
CAST: Lu Yi Ching, Joseph Chang, Mo Zi Yi, Bowie Tsang (A-Baw), Epy Quizon, Bayani Agbayani, Lin Ruo YaPinoy Sunday
is a true Panasian production - director Wi Ding Ho
is a Malaysian living in Taipei, its funding mainly comes from Taiwan
and Japan, and it's entirely shot in Taipei with a mostly Filipino cast.
Such a background is certainly appropriate for a film about two men
away from home facing barriers in a culture they have yet to fully
understand. At first glance, Pinoy Sunday
appears to be a mildly
humorous exploration of Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan and the
hardships they face as foreigners in a strange land. However, Ho instead
steers the story to a hilarious road trip with universal themes like
friendship and self-discovery that will connect to an audience anywhere.
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 22 October, 2011.