ScreenSingapore: Mikhail Red Announces Philippines Western ‘Arisaka’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 12/6/2019 | Naman Ramachandran
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Cult Filipino filmmaker, Mikhail Red will direct “Arisaka,” a film named after a World War II Japanese bolt-action rifle. “It’s a Western based on a famous massacre that happened in the Philippines,” Red told Variety.

Philippines production house Ten17P, whose credits include Lav Diaz’s “A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery” and Paul Soriano’s “Mananita,” will produce.

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Red is in Singapore to pitch Japan-Philippines sci-fi project “Quantum Suicide” at ScreenSingapore’s Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market. He is also all set to direct the third season of “Halfworlds” for HBO Asia and Cignal TV. The first season was set in Indonesia and the second in Thailand, while the third will be shot in the Philippines from January through May. It stars popular actress Bianca Umali (“Banal”).

“I will be playing the role of Alex, the lead role in the series,” Umali told Variety. “I don’t know how else to describe my character, but I am the ‘chosen woman’ pretty much. It is my first time with Mikhail. It is also my first time working with a director who is somewhat close to my age, he is the youngest director I have worked with.” Red, the son of another famous director, Raymond Red, is 27.

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“What’s interesting about this series is that HBO gave us the freedom to craft our own season,” says Red. “So, basically the only thing that is being carried over is the lore, the main concept of the...
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