Directed by Mike de Leon
It's June 12th and it's actually Independence Day in the Philippines, my home country. What better way to celebrate it than to write about one of my favorite all-time Filipino films, the wildly inventive musical-comedy from visionary director Mike de Leon, Kakabakaba Ka Ba? The film is basically about four friends who pretty much go through a weird, musical journey after a double date. It culminates in this scene involving a Japanese takeover of the Philippines via brain-washing through laced communion wafers. Crazy? Yes. Awesome? You betcha. I apologize for the lack of subtitles. I hope a proper DVD release will be in order for this Filipino classic.