Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza is on a roll.
He is set to release his fourth movie this year titled “Virgin Forest.”
Note that the first three films he made prior, “Palitan,” “Sisid,” and “Bahay na Pula,” were all certified hits.
Similarly, films he produced including “Kaliwaan” and “Pusoy,” also earned approval from movie lovers and critics alike.
He is apt to repeat his success with “Virgin Forest,” a sexy, thought-provoking piece starring Sid Lucero as Francis, a photographer-journalist commissioned to take pictures of a rare flower — Rafflesia Schandenbergiana, which is endemic in the province of Bukidnon.
There he will discover more sinister goings on: an illegal logging operation and human trafficking.
Francis’ professional endeavor takes a backseat as he musters all his courage to save Angela (Katrina Dovey) and her younger sister Karla (Angeli Khang), captive prostitutes, before it’s too late.
Sid won the Gawad Urian Best Actor awards for his roles in the films “Selda” and “Muli.”
Angeli has recently made waves disrobing in films like “Taya,” Mahjong Nights,” “Eva,” “Silip sa Apoy,” and “Pusoy.”
Asian Film Festival Best Actor Vince Rillon adds more spice to the assemblage. Also starring Rob Guinto, “Virgin Forest” streams on Vivamax, June 24.