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Dante Basco highlights Pinoy culture in Hollywood film The Fabulous Filipino Brothers

Streaming ang pelikulang The Fabulous Filipino Brothers mula Oktubre 18 hanggang Nobyembre 15 sa KTX at Cignal Pay-Per-View.

Directorial debut ito ng Fil-Am actor, writer, producer, at makata na si Dante Basco, na mahigit tatlumpo’t limang (35) taon nang nagtatrabaho sa Hollywood.

Gumanap si Dante bilang Rufio, ang lider ng Lost Boys, sa pelikulang Hook (1991) ni Steven Spielberg.

Siya ang boses sa likod ni Prince Zuko sa Avatar: The Last Airbender (Pebrero 2005-Hulyo 2008) ng Nickelodeon, maging sa boses ni Jake Long sa American Dragon (Enero 2005-Setyembre 2007) ng Disney Channel, at sa boses ni Spin Kick sa Carmen Sandiego (Enero 2019-Enero 2021).

Tampok sa The Fabulous Filipino Brothers ang apat na vignette, kung saan bida sa kani-kanyang istorya si Direk Dante at ang mga kapatid niyang sina Derek, Dionysio, at Darion.

Ang apat na episodes ay nakaangkla sa isang kasalang Pinoy sa Northern California, USA. May lechon, longganisa, barbecue, lumpiang shanghai, kakanin, at kung anu-apo sa hapag kainan.

Pinoy na Pinoy ang eksena ng sabong, nakasabit na “Last Supper” sa dingding, at pagpapahid ng lola ng Vicks vaporub bilang all-around medicine.

Iyong episode ni Direk Dante ay kinunan sa Manila, kung saan katambal niya si Solenn Heussaff, at nag-cameo si Tirso Cruz III.

Integrated sa istorya ang mga awit nina R&B icon JayR, online celebrity singer AJ Rafael, at rising hip-hop maven Ruby Ibarra.

ASIANS IN HOLLYWOOD

Fiction ang pelikulang The Fabulous Filipino Brothers, na batay sa intimate stories ng pamilya Basco.

Iyong characters ng magkakapatid sa pelikula ay isinunod sa pangalan ng tatay ni Dante at mga kapatid nito. Kumbaga, homage sa nakalipas ng kanilang pamilya.

Sa nakaraang apat na taon ay nagpoprodyus si Dante ng Asian-American films. Tinatangka niyang lumikha ng bagong uri ng filmmaking na kung ilarawan niya ay hybrid.

Milestone sa career ni Dante na nakapagdirek na siya ng pelikula.

“Worldwide, we are in a very pioneering time for Asian media,” pahayag ng 46-anyos na si Direk Dante sa virtual mediacon nitong Oktubre 19, Martes.

“As far as Asian media and pop culture, we’re at the height of… we’re at the highest profile we’ve ever been as Asians in Hollywood.

“Ever. The history of a hundred years in Hollywood. We’re at the height of our profile here.

“And with things like Crazy Rich Asians, and Parasite won the Oscar. Shang-Chi coming out being the first superhero Marvel, super Asian, Marvel superhero — everyone’s looking towards Asian stories.

“And not just Asian-American, Asian stories worldwide. Squid Game’s been the number one show on Netflix right now.

“And there’s so much great and interesting and fabulous story-telling going on. We’re just part of that right now.

“Helping to add our stories, the Filipino stories, stateside, Filipinos from the homeland. It’s time for us to also add to the movement of what is going on right now.

“So, I’m very excited to be a part of the movement… representing Filipino stories in this really pioneering time of Asian media in the world.”

Kaibigan ni Dante si Jon Chu, ang direktor ng pelikulang Crazy Rich Asians (2018), maging ang iba pang Asian-Americans sa Hollywood.

“We’ve had a lot of other smaller films, and a lot of big conversations here that led up to things like Crazy Rich Asians and so,” pagtatapat ni Dante.

“Ahhm… I think it’s something that we hoped would happen, this swell of just art from Asian minds, and Asian stories being out there in the world. I don’t know if we really… you know, we hoped for to happen.

“And then to see it actually happen is a whole new thing.”

THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS

Naniniwala si Dante na importanteng mapanood ng mga pelikula ang The Fabulous Filipino Brothers.

“I made it for the world, but I made it for us. You know, it’s called The Fabulous Filipino Brothers for a reason,” saad ni Direk Dante.

“Ahhm, it’s important, you know. There’s so many years of my career that I played everything and anything.

“You know, no one knows, Latino roles, Mexican roles, a vast of other Asian roles, you know, from Chinese to Korean to Cambodian to Native American.

“And as an actor, I feel very blessed that, you know, we’re such a rich culture. As Filipinos, we can maybe be chameleons and kind of like… going to many different cultures.

“We can connect with them. We can play them. Ahhm, however, I’m Filipino. I’m proud of being Filipino.

“And I think it’s time for us to really represent who we are, and represent our community, and really tell our stories as Filipinos, not as other cultures.

“And our culture is beautiful. But if I’m gonna do my directorial debut, I would tell a story that’s personal to me, and… really pay back to things that are important to me.

“Which are my family, my community, my places I’m from, and so it’s very important for Filipinos to see the film, I think.

“But I do hope that everyone else that see the film can see themselves in us, and that’s my biggest hope.”

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