MANILA – “It was a religious experience.”
This was how Cesar Montano described his four-minute kissing scene with Maria Ozawa for their upcoming movie “Nilalang,” an entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
Recalling the scene, Montano told PEP.ph: “May dialogue ako. Kiss muna. Then nag-stop ako kasi kailangan kong umalis. [Naisip ko], hindi tama ito, aalis ako. Hindi ko alam kung anong tama, nako-confuse na rin ako. First kissing scene ko sa kanya and four minutes 'yun."
“Yun yung demand ng script," he stressed. "Sabi ko, ‘Direk, puwede ba paulit-ulit na lang?’ It was a religious experience.”
According to Montano, he was impressed by Ozawa’s professionalism.
“Wala siyang angal. Humihiga sa puro alikabok! Sabi ko, baka magkahika ito. Ang dami niyang nasisinghot na alikabok,” he said. "Napipilayan na nga siya, she had a swollen wrist pero hindi siya umaangal."
Montano said Ozawa never complained about working long hours and likewise never demanded for any special treatment.
Montano said the Japanese actress always simple says: “I’m working. I’m good.”
In the movie, Ozawa plays an heir of an organized syndicate who teams up with a forensic expert (Montano).
The film made headlines when actor Robin Padilla pulled out from the movie to focus on taking care of his wife Mariel Rodriguez who was then experiencing delicate pregnancy.
Days after his exit from the project, Padilla and Rodriguez lost their triplets to miscarriage.
The film was initially cancelled but was revived when Montano signed to take over Padilla's role.
According to multi-media production company Haunted Tower Pictures, "Nilalang" tackles the "underbelly of corrupt Philippine cops with the Japanese Yakuza and its links to a centuries' old curse that may be be responsible for the spate of serial killings happening in Manila."
Also included in the film are Filipina sexy actresses Meg Imperial and Yam Concepcion.