Indeed. Ninety percent of the time, the hero
of any story from any country is often a Lightning Bruiser
As it was said of European knights, "Don't let the armor fool you," i could say of the Filipino mandirigma
, "Don't let the lack
of armor fool you." Just ask Magellan (no, not that Magellan
@Filipino Action Films: It seems there's newfound interest in classic action movies of The Nineties
following the Dark Horse Victory
of Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
in the Metro Manila Film Festival (basically the Filipino version of The Oscars
in terms of popularity).
saw Tondo, Manila as a paradise for gangsters. Among all of them stood out Nicasio Salonga, better known as "Asiong
", who actually bore the title "King of Tondo
" for being the town's number one Bad Ass
Together with his Five-Man Band
, he started a lucrative career as a gangster by extorting money from the villagers in exchange for protection from other gangs who would try to do the same. So of course, that's bad for the other gangs' business, and it's no wonder why they hate him with passion.
The first actor to play the role of Asiong Salonga
was Joesph "Erap" Estrada. His present incarnation was played by actor-turned-politician
Here are some of the tropes that apply for this movie:
- Badass Grandpa —> Macho Camp: Viray, the leader of the first rival gang that Asiong defeated in his quest to become the King of Tondo.
- Chariot Chase: Seeing one of these is definitely a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The movie was filmed in all the black and white glory of The Fifties, which probably gave the movie bonus points for Nostalgia Filter.
- Face-Heel Turn / Et Tu, Brute?: Toothpick, after Asiong's first arrest. Also, he's the one who killed Asiong at the end of the film.
- Five-Man Band
- Foregone Conclusion: In Real Life, Asiong Salonga was killed by Golem's group when Toothpick pulls off an Et Tu, Brute? moment.
- High Octane Nightmare Fuel: The Roaring Rampage of Revenge by Asiong's gang. See, when they get hold of Toothpick, they beat him, dragged him to the local cemetery, beat him up some more, stuffed him in a cheesecloth sack, and set him on fire. And that's not enough. They had to shoot him thrice just to make sure the traitor pays for his crimes.
- Mexican Standoff: The first meeting between Asiong and Golem in the film.
- More Dakka: Played straight to No Kill Like Overkill levels.
- Oral Fixation Fixation: Toothpick
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Asiong's brother is a policeman.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: As You Know, Filipino nicknames for men in action films run on the Rule of Cool. And "Toothpick" is one of them.
- Tsundere: Asiong's wife Fidela is a Type B. She shows her tsun side the first time we see him come home late, but is otherwise a doting wife to him.
edited 22nd Jan '12 9:55:39 PM by judasmartel