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Badjao (1957)
Category Vintage
 Drama
 Subtitled-DVD
Label LVN

Tagalog Movie

Directed by Lamberto V. Avellana
Script & Story by Rolf Bayer
Music by Francisco Buencamino Jr

Tony Santos and Rosa Rosal

An LVN classic film, largely because of shining performances by Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos. It won the award for best direction (Lamberto V. Avellana, National Artist for Theater and Film in 1976), best story (Rolf Bayer), best editing (Gregorio Carballo), and best cinematography (Mike Accion) at the 1957 Southeast Asia Film Festival held in Tokyo.

Avellana is giving instructions to his actors.

 

 


The Badjao Tribe


The Tausog Tribe

A story about the Badjaos and the Tausogs, rival Muslim tribes for centuries. The Badjaos, a group of sea gypsies, ply the sea for food and for pearls.


Wedding rites of Hassan and Bala Amai with the Tausogs

Hassan (Tony Santos), a son of the Badjao chief falls in love and marries Bala Amai (Rosa Rosal) who is a niece of Datu Tahil (Jose de Cordova), head of the Tausogs. At the urging of Bala Amai, Hassan decides to leave his tribe and join the Tausogs.


The alluring Bala Amai of the Tausogs


Banished by his own tribe, Hassan lives with Bala Amai

Eventually, Datu Tahil learns of Hassan’s expertise in finding rare pearls in the sea, thus exploiting him for his own selfish interests. Hassan and Bala Amai resist him, feeling that their self-respect have been trampled on. They decide to go back to the Badjaos and lead a more humble, but nevertheless peaceful life. the Badjaos accept them with all their hearts.

NOTES: DVD is a burned copy only but guaranteed copied from the only existing master copy.
Copying is done entirely by LVN Pictures.
This vintage video is not a restored version.

( US$ 29.99 DVD with English Subtitle )

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