MANILA - A teaser for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "Boy Golden: The Arturo Porcuna Story" promises an action-packed thriller reminiscent of well-beloved Filipino action classics.
Set in the 1960s and starring ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion, the movie is based on the life of a notorious Manila gangster, Arturo "Boy Golden" Porcuna.
Directed by Chito S. Rono (Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure), it also features big screen veterans Eddie Garcia, John Estrada and Tonton Guiterrez.
"Boy Golden" was earlier excluded from the eight competing entries due to excessive violence but was later reconsidered following the withdrawal of Senator Bong Revilla's "My Super Kap."
In the last two editions of the MMFF, films co-produced by and starring Ejercito won major awards, including Best Picture for "Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story" and Second Best Picture for the 2012 Emilio Aguinaldo biopic, "El Presidente."
"Boy Golden," along with seven other entries for the annual film festival, will premiere on Christmas day.