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Friday, July 18, 2008

THE ECHO (Hollywood Version of the Philippines' SIGAW) Movie Trailer , starring Jesse Bradford and Our Very Own IZA CALZADO

Remember the Yam Laranas film called 'SIGAW' ? of course you do. 'Sigaw' starred Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin and Iza Calzado, directed by Yam Laranas. The film has a Hollywood remake entitled 'THE ECHO' which also directed by Filipino Yam Laranas and also starring Iza Calzado reprising her role in 'Sigaw'. 'The Echo' is from the producers of 'The Grudge' and 'The Ring', from the movie trailer alone it will surely scare the hell out of you.

Here's the much awaited movie trailer of 'THE ECHO' starring Jesse Bradford (Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers)

Movie stills

The Echo is currently having its premiere today at Fantasia Film Festival 2008 in Montreal, Canada on July 17, 2008

Director Yam Laranas Blog


DCRJ's Movie Reviews : SIGAW

Movie Review Date: October 6 2007


Oh man, I missed this one when it was released in December 2004. The film stars Richard Gutierrez, Angel Locsin, Iza Calzado, Jomari Yllana, Ronnie Lazaro and newcomer Ella Guevarra (GMA's Starstruck Kid winner).

Never mind the celebrity stars, the story revolves around a jealous police officer who brutally beats up his wife and daughter in an old apartment building. Marvin (Richard Gutierrez) is their next door neighbor who spends sleepless nights due to the constant commotion next door. The beatened wife Anna (Iza Calzado) usually ask for help of her next door neighbor Jude (James Blanco) for refuge of her daughter Lara (Ella Guevarra). Marvin complains at the building's caretaker (Ronnie Lazaro) and was told in return not to mind the noises. The beatings became violent and Marvin was able to witness the brutality down the hallway...or so it seems. Marvin uncovers a secret that would involve his girlfriend Pinky (Angel Locsin, pre-ABS-CBN days) and moves the story to a shocking revelation.

The use of light and shadow along with masterful camera work by director Yam Laranas made the Pinoy film a disturbingly horrific, rich, artistic and quality product.

This film got rave reviews abroad and was chosen by a Hollywood company which was remade as an American version entitled THE ECHO which incidentally also starred Iza Calzado as the beatened wife and directed by the same director Yam Laranas....will be release in 2008. Yam Laranas was considered as the first Pinoy to direct a major Hollywood film. The Hollywood film company is also the same company behind the American version of the Japanese films THE RING and THE GRUDGE. This is also the reason why I rented the VCD 'Sigaw' today because I haven't seen it in the first place thus the late review of this 2004 flick.

Here's hoping for the film THE ECHO ( to be release in 2008) to be a box office success on par with THE RING. It's high time that the PINOY filmakers finally be recognise for its ingenuity and craftsmanship....move over John Woo/Ang Lee, the PINOYS are COMING !

Rating : 5/5 BISCUITS

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