Michiko Yamamoto

This elusive lady is one of the most prominent writers for Philippine cinema, having penned masterpieces such as Magnifico (2003), Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005), On the Job (2013), and Honor thy Father (2015), all of which have won many awards not just nationwide but also overseas.

Honor Thy Father (2015)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
After years of financial struggle, Kaye and Edgar are finally on a roll. Kaye has made millions promoting her father’s investment scheme to her friends and fellow Pentecostal parishioners at the Church of Yeshua. But their world unravels instantaneously one day when Edgar swings by his father-in-law’s house to find the place ransacked and the old man gone. It doesn’t take long for Kaye’s friends to turn on the couple, who go to the fiery bishop for help. But he’s not exactly generous, preoccupied as he is with raising money for a new temple. The parishioners continue to demand their money back, and Kaye and Edgar start receiving death threats. When the tension erupts in violence, Edgar decides to seek the aid of his criminally inclined family.

Cast
John Lloyd Cruz
Meryll Soriano
Dan Fernandez

Role
Writer

Production House
Reality Entertainment

Awards
Metro Manila Film Festival 2015 Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Child Performer, Best Makeup, Best Original Theme Song
Neuchatel Fantastic International Film Festival 2016 Best Asian Film
Star Awards for Movies 2016 Movie Supporting Actor of the Year, Movie Screenwriter of the Year, Movie Cinematographer of the Year
Gawad Urian Awards 2016 Best Actor

On the Job (2013)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
A gritty crime-thriller about four men struggling to survive and a make a living for themselves and their respective loved ones. Two are former prison inmates, hired as contract killers, and the two others are law enforcers and investigators, caught in the loop of corrupt government officials. Mario intends to go straight when he gets parole, and Daniel a younger inmate and Mario’s apprentice, is set to replace him as hired killer. Joaquin and Francis are the police officers tangled in a moral conflict. The two groups inevitably collide.

Cast
Piolo Pascual
Gerald Anderson
Joel Torre
Joey Marquez
Shaina Magdayao

Role
Writer

Production House
ABS-CBN Film Productions
Reality Entertainment
Star Cinema
XYZ Films

Awards
Famas Awards 2014 Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Story, Best Sound
Gawad Urian Awards 2014 Best Actor, Best Sound
Golden Screen Awards 2014 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Drama), Best Original Story, Best Visual/Special Effects
Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Best Actor, Jury’s Choice Award – Feature Film
Star Awards for Movies 2014 Movie of the Year, Movie Director of the Year, Movie Cinematographer of the Year, Movie Editor of the Year, Movie Sound Engineer of the Year, Movie Screenwriter of the Year, Movie Supporting Actor of the Year

Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (2005)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family’s criminal activities.

Cast
Nathan Lopez
Soliman Cruz
J.R. Valentin

Role
Writer

Production House
UFO Pictures

Awards
Asian First Film Festival 2005 Swarovski Trophy – Best Film
Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival 2005 Balanghai Trophy – Best Production, Special Citation (Nathan Lopez – Acting Performance), Special Jury Prize – Main Competition
ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival – 2005 Jury Award – Best Dramatic Feature
Berlin International Film Festival 2006 Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix – Best Feature Film, Crystal Bear – Best Feature Film Special Mention
Montreal World Film Festival 2005 Golden Zenith
Cinekid 2006 Cinekid Film Award – Honorable Mention
Las Palmas Film Festival 2006 Audience Award, Best Actor, Golden Lady Harimaguada
Golden Screen Awards 2006 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical, or Comedy)
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2006 Netpac Award
Star Awards for Movies 2006 New Movie Actor of the Year, Digital Movie of the Year, Digital Movie Director of the Year
Gawad Urian Awards 2006 Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing
Gawad Urian Awards 2011 Dekada Award – Best Film of the Decade

Santa Santita (2004)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Malen is the daughter of Chayong, a widowed intercessor at Quiapo Church in Manila. Selling religious charms as a way of meeting men, Malen falls for Mike, a gigolo and hustler. Mike hustles both for his own survival and that of his son, but also because “he knows essentially he’s just strong enough and unscrupulous enough” to do so. After her mother takes umbrage at Malen’s assumed promiscuity, she moves out of Chayong’s house and stays with Mike. When her mother then dies of a heart attack, Malen feels guilt and becomes an intercessor despite having previously sworn the profession off. Initially met with mistrust by her colleagues, one of whom exclaims that “She is defiling prayer”, Malen heals a child with a hole in its heart through her prayers, despite not even praying seriously. This meets with additional hostility, both from the other intercessors and the clergy, and when Malen dreams of having stigmata, she is forced to confront the problems with her own life, something which comes to a climax when she is asked to bring Mike’s dead son back to life. A side plot involves Father Tony, an alcoholic priest who lives with Mike. Initially his drinking partner, Mike begins to taunt the priest about his failures as the film goes on. At the end of the film, Mike is sent to prison for killing a man after a traffic accident, while Tony’s interactions with Malen convince him that he is addicted to alcohol, prompting him to return to his parish and continue serving as a priest.

Cast
Jim Paredes
Boboy Garovillo
Ronnie Henares
Joaqui Valdes
Max Eigenmann

Role
Writer

Production House
Unitel Pictures

Awards
2005 Golden Screen Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama, Musical or Comedy)

Magnifico (2003)

Film type: FULL LENGTH

Synopsis
Even though he is not good in school and belongs to a poor and unfortunate family, Magnifico still has a big heart and a large amount of optimism that enabled him to help not only his family but also the community.

Cast
Jiro Manio
Lorna Tolentino
Albert Martinez
Gloria Romero

Role
Writer

Production House
Violett Films Production

Awards
Berlin International Film Festival 2004 Crystal Bear – Best Feature Film, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix – Best Feature Film
FAMAS Awards 2004 Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Child Actor, Best Child Actress, Best Director, Best Story
Golden Screen Awards 2004 Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor on a Lead Role – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Musical Score
FAP Awards 2004 Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Musical Score
Gawad Urian Awards 2004 Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Sound
Gawad Urian Awards 2011 Dekada Award – Best Film of the Decade

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