November 08, 2018

Netflix Philippines: Filipino Movies That Are Now Available For Streaming!

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  • Since the release of Dalagang Bukid, the film industry in the Philippines has flourished into a thriving art form. Filipino films have not only received critical acclaim locally but also received recognition worldwide.

    In 2016, Lav Diaz’ Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Jun Lana’s Die Beautiful won the Audience Choice Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, to name a few. There are also Filipino films who are gaining international recognition, such as Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila and Brillante Mendoza’s Taklub.

    Netflix, one of the largest streaming apps, has decided to add some of the best Filipino films in their collection of titles that can be streamed locally and internationally.

    Also Read: Netflix Philippines: What’s New This November 2018

    Join Philippine Primer as we go through some of the Filipino movies that you can stream on Netflix and some of the titles that are coming soon to your screens!

    Metro Manila

    Initially released in 2013, Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila follows the story of Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal), his wife, Mai (Althea Vega) and their two children, Angel (Erin Panlilio) and Baby (Iasha Aceio). The family relocates to Metro Manila when their rice crops were no longer profitable. Oscar finds himself a job as a security officer for the Manila Armored Couriers while Mai becomes a hostess for a nightclub in Makati City. The film ultimately shows how far a man is willing to go for the sake of his family.


    Mikhail Red’s coming-of-age thriller film, Birdshot was initially released in 2016 at the 2016 Tokyo Film Festival. It follows the story of Maya (Mary Joy Apostol), a 14-year-old girl who lives with her father, Diego (Ku Aquino) in an isolated shack. Diego makes his living as a caretaker of a sanctuary, and Maya has the urge to explore the land beyond their shack. Diego, who wants to teach Maya how to be self-sustaining, teaches her how to use a gun. After failing her first lesson, Maya wanders off into the sanctuary and consciously kills a Philippine Eagle. On the other hand, Domingo (Arnold Reyes), a newly-recruited police officer and Mendoza (John Arcilla), his partner, investigate the disappearance of a group of farmers who were en route to Manila. De la Paz (Dido de la Paz), the police commander, believes that finding the killer of the Philippine Eagle should be Domingo’s primary concern.

    Birdshot is the first Filipino film to be streamed on Netflix worldwide, and it is the first Filipino film to be made available on Netflix Philippines.

    Heneral Luna

    Jerrold Tarog’s Heneral Luna started its stream on November 1, 2018, and is the latest Filipino movie available on Netflix. The film is a historical biopic that follows General Antonio Luna, the leader of the Philippine Revolutionary Army during the time of the Philippine-American war. The film begins with the conflict between the Philippine and American forces and ends with the assassination of General Luna in 1899. The film has received critical acclaim and was selected as the Philippine entry at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated.

    BuyBust (To be released on November 15)

    Erik Matti’s BuyBust was first screened at the 2018 New York Asian Film Festival before it was released on August 2018 in the Philippines. The story follows Nina Manigan (Anne Curtis), a rookie police officer who is assigned to the anti-narcotic elite squad after being the sole survivor of her previous squad that was slaughtered in a drug raid. The team is assigned to conduct a “buy-bust” operation in the slums before finding themselves trapped by the settlers, where they are forced to fight to get out of the area amidst chaos.

    The film is scheduled for a Netflix release on November 15, 2018.

    Kita Kita (To be released on November 16)

    Set in Sapporo, Japan, Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s Kita Kita follows the story of Lea (Alessandra De Rossi), a tour guide in Hokkaido who suffers temporary blindness after witnessing the infidelity of her fiance. Her neighbor, Tonyo (Empoy Marquez), befriends her and the two eventually fall in love with each other. Kita Kita premiered at the 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival in 2017.

    The film is scheduled for a Netflix release on November 16, 2018.

    Also Read: “Amo” is the First Filipino Series to stream on Netflix

    These are just some of the Filipino movies that are available and will soon be available for streaming on Netflix. There are more films that are included in the line-up of the Filipino movies that are available for streaming.

    What are you waiting for? Catch these amazing titles on Netflix now!

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