Who hasn’t heard of director Jose Kaka Balagtas? A well-known Philippine film director, writer, and actor. He is a veteran director who has worked with many of the country’s action stars, including Dante Varona, Cesar Montano, Phillip Salvador, Dante Varona, Ramon Revilla, Roi Vinzon, and many more.
His most recent film, “Anak ng Kumander,” was released in 2008. He is back in the spotlight as he films “Takas,” his entry for Cinemalaya 2021 in the Short Film Category. Direk Kaka aspires to be one of the finalists in the Short Film Category.
“Takas” will star newcomer AL FRED Montero, who Direk Kaka sees as the modern action star and believes to be the young Rudy Fernandez. When we look at it and meet AL FRED MONTERO, who is handsome and has an elegant physique, we can see a resemblance to the late Rudy Fernandez.
Direk Kaka’s skill and professionalism impressed him just as much as AL FRED. Direk believes in and admires AL FRED as a newcomer to the acting world. He praised his new actor, saying, “si AL FRED bilang isang baguhan, parang matagal na, pag hiningan mo ng akting meron naman di natatakot lumundag saan mo gusto papuntahin ready sya sa drama, action kung baga si AL FRED complete”.
Direk recognizes AL FRED MONTERO’s acting potential because he understands how to look, we have eyes, and according to him, all the women he touched became famous, such as Rita Magdalena, a famous sexy star back in the day. He noticed Rita while eating porridge, Sabi ko “gawan nating ng pelikula ‘tong batang ito”. “Ginawa namin “Makamandag na Bango” sumikat ng todo si Rita Magdalena. Kaya lang nasira nung umibig, dun nasisira sa pag-ibig, kapag umibig na nakaka-limutan na ang trabaho”.
Direk had already missed out on making the film back in the day. There is a significant difference between directing back then and directing now. According to him, the “Golden Era” of Philippine cinema cannot be restored, particularly in the production of action films. So there’s no denying Direk Kaka’s fun now that he’s returned to the world of film.
So, for Cinemalaya 2021, let’s watch “Takas.” Likewise, everyone is looking forward to a large production he will do with Gen Malvar, which has long been rumored.