Finally, the most-talked about comeback film of Mike de Leon via ‘Citizen Jake’ has arrived and Filipino enthusiasts who have been aching to see another opus from the filmmaker who is known for his varied experiments in styles of film directing. On Wednesday, May 23, the 13th film of de Leon opened with Alfonso Tomas ‘Atom’ Pagaduan Araullo or better known as Atom Araullo, a journalist, TV presenter, and a triathlete assumed the role of Jake Herrera.
PG-Rated Theatrical Trailer of Citizen Jake.
Posted by Citizen Jake on Friday, May 4, 2018
Araullo as journalist-blogger, who is in conflict with his political family, maybe described by the director as something not satisfactory in terms of his expectations on the kind of journalism as exactly the kind of journalism he had picture about the 35-year-old broadcast journalist-turmed-actor. He painted him as not the gritty kind (journalist) but more of the celebrity-centered that sometimes verges on entertainment, even showbiz. However, de Leon made it clear that the newbie actor has given a good job.
Jake’s character is reminiscent of Kalil Almonre’s Bobby, the activist in the recent play written by Floy Quintos and mounted by UP Playwright’s Theater titled, ‘The Kundiman Party’. Both Jake and Bobby are in conflict with their respective fathers, to which Teroy Guzman had the privilege of breathing into both roles. Maybe the only difference is that—Bobby was not brave enough to make a stand for what he believed in while Jake pushed himself to much as to have led him into the dark side of his life.
The screenplay is a collaboration between de Leon, Araullo and Noel Pascual. This crime-noir-drama film assembles Cherie Gil, Dina Bonnevie, Nonie Buencamino, Adrian Alandy, Gabby Eigenmann, Max Collins, Lou Veloso, Richard Quan, with Victor Neri, Allan Paule, Anna Luna, Elora Españo, Cholo Barretto, Raquel Villavicencio, Nanding Josef and Ruby Ruiz in the cast.
Like de Leon’s previous works—‘Kisapmata’ (1981), ‘Batch ’81’ (1982) and ‘Sister Stella L.’ (1984), this latest film may remind Filipinos of what has become of this country governed by corrupt leaders and the continuous struggle for justice from the violence committed by the ruling powers of supposed to be the bastion of decent and purist kind of life as aspired by many.