The Lino Brocka Classic Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag Is Now Officially One of the World's Greatest Films

And it will be restored in a new digital format!

( It's been 27 years since his untimely death, but the legacy of acclaimed Filipino auteur and National Artist Lino Brocka still lives on. His 1975 seminal film Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag was recently chosen to be part of the distinguished Criterion Collection, which aims to curate "the greatest films around the world." The movie will be joining the works of internationally renowned directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, David Lynch, and Stanley Kubrick.



A landmark masterpiece that arguably defined the Second Golden Age of Philippine cinema, Maynila follows the coming-of-age story of Julio (Bembol Rocco), a fisherman from the province who moves to the big city in search for his childhood sweetheart (played by Hilda Koronel). Lured to Manila with the promise of a better life, he soon finds out the hard way that the city is not what it seems. With 1970s Manila in all its gritty glory as its backdrop, Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag is a certified Filipino film classic that rightfully deserves its spot alongside the greatest films in the world.


This is not Brocka's first film to join the Criterion Collection. His 1976 work, Insiang, was chosen as part of director Martin Scorcese's "World Cinema Project No. 2," which is a set of six critically acclaimed films from around the globe. But Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag is still Brocka's first work to be part of the masters collection—and the only Filipino one at that. As with Insiang, it will be restored to a new 4K digital format, and will include an introduction by Scorcese who once called Maynila sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag as "one of Brocka's best films."



Pinoy cinephiles can look forward to the newly restored version of this film when it's released on Blu-Ray on Independence Day, June 12.


For more information, log on to the Criterion Collection's Facebook page.


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