First look: 'Ugly' Kim in debut flick with Xian


Posted at Jul 02 2013 08:06 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2013 05:07 AM

5 Star Cinema films lined up so far for 20th anniv

MANILA, Philippines -- The first movie of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim as a "love team" is among the five films lined up so far in celebration of Star Cinema's 20th anniversary.

The ABS-CBN film production outfit early this week announced that aside from "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?", the Joyce Bernal-directed film starring Chiu and Lim, four other movies will be released this year to mark the production company's second decade in the industry.

Here are the movies lined up for release by Star Cinema, and what moviegoers can expect when they hit theaters:

Starring: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Ramon Bautista

Based on the humor and "self-help" book by TV host and college professor Ramon Bautista, the Joyce Bernal-helmed romantic-comedy is seen as the big-screen debut of "KimXi," or Chiu and Lim's well-loved tandem. According to the lead stars, the movie will answer the question posed by its title.

Chiu, in an earlier interview, said she sees the film as her first venture into comedy. Referring to her "transformation" in the movie, the actress said, "'Di ko kayang magpatawa, pero this time sobrang kahit ako natatawa ako sa sarili ko."

Starring: Bea Alonzo, Angel Locsin, Toni Gonzaga, Shaina Magdayao, Enchong Dee

Released last June 26, the Cathy Garcia-Molina-directed film kicked off Star Cinema's year-long 20th anniversary celebration. As of Sunday, after four days in theaters, it already earned P60 million.

Still showing in cinemas nationwide, the film tells the story of four sisters who gather home for their only brother's wedding. As they scheme to "save" their youngest sibling from the marriage, the sisters are also forced to face problems in their family.

Starring: Eugene Domingo, Jake Cuenca, Enchong Dee, Empress Schuck, Leo Martinez

Directed by Veronica Velasco and scheduled for release on July 17, the film takes its title literally as it sees three unrelated individuals -- Fiesta (Domingo), Tonio (Martinez) and Caloy (Dee) -- skewered by a single steel bar in a road accident.

With separate lives and unresolved problems of their own, the three are left to face the reality that not all of them will be saved, as doctors find their situation difficult to solve without sparing a life.

Starring: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Shaina Magdayao

Ahead of its local release, this Erik Matti-directed action-thriller already made waves in the Cannes Film Festival in France, where it held its world premiere as part of the prestigious Director's Fortnight.

The film sees Anderson as an inmate temporarily released from jail to become a contract killer for corrupt politicians. Pascual, meanwhile, is a National Bureau of Investigation agent put on the hitman's trail.

Starring: Vilma Santos

In her first starring role in an independent film, Santos portrays Loida Malabanan, a professional TV series and film bit-player who opts to withstand harsh conditions to fulfill her passion.

The showbiz veteran dubbed local cinema's "Star for All Seasons" has said she sees her role in the film as a "tribute" to the film "extras" she has worked with throughout her 50-year career. Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian, the indie movie is also an entry to this year's Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.