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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 8, 2016

LJ Reyes' Daring Best Actress Performance In Award-Winning 'Anino Sa Likod Ng Buwan' Approved Without Cuts By The MTRCB

CONGRATULATIONS to writer-director Jun Lana. His internationally acclaimed movie, “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan”, has been approved without cuts by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. We’re glad that the MTRCB reviewers who screened it are cool and open-minded enough to allow it to be viewed by the public in its integral version.

For a while, we really thought that the movie cannot be shown anymore in local theaters except at the Cultural Center or in UP Film Center where it had special screenings as they don't have any censorship in those venues. This is because "Anino" has such a lengthy and graphic love making scene between LJ Reyes and Luis Alandy where she had bust exposure and he had butt exposure while doing the act. But it’s all in the context of the story so it’s very well justified.

The story concerns an impoverished couple displaced by armed conflict in Mindanao (LJ and newcomer Anthony Falcon) who befriend a soldier (Luis). It turns out LJ and Luis are having an affair, but the movie springs a few more twists and surprises along the way, leading to a shattering and explosive finale. LJ Reyes gives the performance of her career in the female lead and, for us, she really is the most deserving to win the best actress award for last year’s releases. Both Luis and Anthony also do extremely well in their own respective roles. Don’t miss the chance to see it when it opens in local theatres this coming June.