MANILA — The first wave of moviegoers who saw “Hello, Love, Goodbye” on its opening day are already asking for a sequel, with many admittedly surprised by the chemistry of first-time co-stars Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards.
On Twitter, first reactions to the Cathy Garcia-Molina film praised several of its aspects -- from the casting and cinematography to the screenplay of Carmi Raymundo.
Notably common among those who shared their sentiments was the clamor for a sequel, with many — no spoilers here — bringing up the fate of the lead characters.
Set in Hong Kong, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” follows the love story of Joy (Bernardo), a domestic helper, and Ethan (Richards), a bartender, as they both grapple with the challenges faced by Filipino workers abroad.
Weeks before the premiere of the film, on the morning program “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Bernardo and Richards already expressed interest in reuniting for a sequel.
“Game,” Richards said, agreeing with Bernardo’s condition that it would be helmed by Garcia-Molina anew, and with Raymundo returning as the writer.
While the film’s opening-day gross of P34 million — a record for a local film this year — is an encouraging number for greenlighting a sequel, there is Garcia-Molina’s participation to consider.
The blockbuster director has referred to “Hello, Love, Goodbye” as her last project with Bernardo, her long-time ward and collaborator since 2013’s “Got to Believe,” as she counts down to her last few films before her retirement.