Ang Panahon ng Halimaw Poster

Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

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In the late 70s, a gang of militias, under the control of the military, terrorizes a remote village in the Philippines. The terror being inflicted on the populace is not just corporal but intensely psychological as well. They were constantly fed with apocryphal tales about the village leader. A few souls are not giving up. They are fighting.

The poet/teacher/activist, Hugo Haniway, decides to find out the truth about the disappearance of his wife.

A love story set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship.

The narrative and the characters are a composite of real events and real people that happened and existed during the period.

A Filipino rock opera.

Top Billed Cast

Piolo Pascual as Hugo Haniway
Shaina Magdayao as Lorena Haniway
Pinky Amador as Kwago
Bituin Escalante as Kwentista
Hazel Orencio as Tenyente
Joel Saracho as Ahas
Bart Guingona as Paham
Angel Aquino as Angelita
Don Melvin Boongaling as Militia 1
Lilit Reyes as Militia 2
Ian Lomongo as Ian
Noel Sto. Domingo as Chairman Narciso
Bradley Liew as Militia 3
Mohd Akhir Bin Lutan as Militia 4
Mohd Hadzril Bin Yahya as Militia 5
Iain Liew as Student
Bianca Balbuena as Bianca
Jonathan Francisco as Young Hugo
Joanne Orencio as Halimaw
Dub Lau as Nong


LANGUAGE : Filipino

Globe Studios/Epicmedia/sine olivia pilipinas production


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PRODUCER : Quark Henares, Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew, Lav Diaz
EDITOR : Lav Diaz
SOUND : Corrine De San Jose

All songs written by Lav Diaz

Directed, produced, composed and edited by
Lav Diaz

Executive Producers
Quark Henares
Bianca Balbuena
Bradley Liew
Lav Diaz
Director of Photography
Larry Manda

Production Designer
Popo Diaz

Sound on Set by
Adrian Yew Erman
Sound Designer
Corrine De San Jose

First Assistant Director
Hazel Orencio

Associate Producer
Kath Sison

Line Producer
Gan Hui Yee

Casting Directors
Hazel Orencio
Bianca Balbuena

Production Assistants
Dub Lau
Mario Yan
Mohd Nuzaihan B. Abdul Razak
Sheryl Chong

Giovanni D’Onofrio
Don Melvin Boongaling

Mikee Dela Cruz

Hair and Make-up
Syrel Lopez

Daniel Palisa

Reynaldo Peru
Art Director
David Manjit
Props/Set men
Valli Devandran
Vivekh Vermont
Pragash Subramainam

Props Buyer
Mario Yan

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‘Diaz may be using the Martial Law as a metaphor for the country in a state of strife, but it is as obvious as day that his call to arms is for the present,’ writes Oggs Cruz of director Lav Diaz’s latest
Rock the Devil – Noel Vera, Business World
Diaz had to take matters a step further of course: the film has no instrumental accompaniment whatsoever, with all numbers sung a capella (by way of comparison Bruno Dumont’s recent Jeannette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc features drums, synthesizer, electric guitar, even dancing)…
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Its running time parallel’s the lengthy production of this masterpiece. It took 11 years to complete the film. The pre-production started in January 1994 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA using Diaz’s own savings working as a waiter, gasoline attendant and proofreader. Initial shooting started on March of that year. A Filipino family provided assistance, food and locations.