As early as before and after the Second World War in the 1940s, Filipino performers appeared in international films. Local film trivia researcher Tante de Ramos came up with such a list.
An American Guerilla in the Philippines – This film starred Tyrone Power as an American naval officer who helped Filipino guerillas fight Japanese invaders. Other performers were Micheline Presle and Tom Ewell. Local artists included Rosa del Rosario, Nati Ruby and Cris de Vera who portrayed a Japanese officer. The film was shot in 1950.
Anna and the King of Siam – The earlier 1946 version of the King and I (which starred Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr), it starred Rex Harrison as King Mongkut and Irene Dunne as Anna Leonowens. Rosa del Rosario again appeared as one of the wives of the king’s harem. Twentieth Century Fox Productions produced the film.
Apocalypse Now – The controversial film that starred by Marlon Brando as a renegade Green Berets Colonel and Martin Sheen as an army captain seaching for Brando in the jungle of Cambodia, this film was directed by Godfather Director Francis Ford Coppola. It also starred Robert Duvall as Lt. Colonel Kilgore and Albert Hall. Local actress Gigi Dueñas appeared as Brando’s native woman. It was shot in the mid-70s in Olongapo and Iba, both in Zambales, Baler, Quezon and Pagsanjan, Laguna.
Buddha – This 1962 Daiei Motion Pictures Productions film starred Kogiro Hongo and our own Charito Solis. This was shot in Japan and released worldwide.
Combat Killers – In this 1980 film, Paul Edwards portrayed the role of an American army captain who fought with Filipino counterparts against the Japanese. His co-stars included David Bryan, Lynn Bernay and Marlene Dauden, who was then dubbed as the Sophia Loren of the Philippines.
Deathfight –Richard Norton played the role of a martial arts expert. Hisa co-star was Filipina actress Techie Agbayani. This was produced in the early 1990’s.
The Emperor Waltz – This 1948 film starred Joan Fontaine and Filipino actor Charlie Gemora.
Flight to Fury – In this 1968 thriller, Jack Nicholson played the role of a psychopathic murderer who trailed several men conveying a cache of diamonds. The local performer featured here was our own former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
From Hell to Borneo – Produced in 1964, this fil featured George Montgomery as a soldier of fortune who acquired a private island which was coveted by marauding pirates and a syndicate of gangsters. Filipia actress Liza Moreno was a member of the cast.
The Great Raid – This film, made in 2001, starred Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Joseph Fiennes, Catherine Nielsen and our own Cesar Montano. It was shot in Australia and other countries.
Gymkata – Gymnastic champion Kurt Thomas starred in this martial arts flick and appeared opposite Filipina actress Techie Agbayani who played the role of Princess Rubali. The film was shot in Yugoslavia in 1985.
The King and I – The remake of the 1946 Anna And the King of Siam starred Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr and was packaged as Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Filipino performer Patrick Adiarte was included in the cast of this 1956 film.
Legacy – Also produced in 2001, this film starred Rod Steiger who played the role of a newspaperman who assisted a young woman trying to locate her long-separated father. Local actress Donita Rose was included in the cast.
The Longest Hundred Miles – This 1966 film was shot in the Bicol region and starred Doug McClure, Katherine Ross and Ricardo Montalban who portrayed an army corporal, a lady lieutenant and a padre respectively. Included in the cast was the young Vilma Santos.
Merrill’s Marauders – A film about a roup of veteran army soldiers fighting in Burma and led by Jeff Chandler, the film also starred Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Will Hindecks, Andrew Duggan and local performers Pancho Magalona and Luz Valdez. This was shot in the Philippines in 1962.
The Money Pit – This film starred Tom Hanks with Filipina actress Techie Agbayani in the role of his stepmother. This 1986 film was produced by Steven Spielberg Production.
Mutiny in the South Seas – The film starred German actor Joachim Hansen and Filipina Lucita Soriano. It was shot in location in Zambales and was produced by a German film company.
Nam’s Angels – Shot in the Philippines in 1970, the film starred Bill Smith who portrayed a motorcyclist with a secret mission in Vietnam. Included in the cast was local actress Anakorita.
No Man Is An Island – Jeffrey Hunter topstarred this 1962 film where he played the role of a navy radioman trapped in World War II who joined guerillas in Guam. His leading lady was Barbara Perez, dubbed as the Audrey hepburn of the Philippinbes. The cast also included Rosa Mia.
No Place to Hide – This film starred Hugh Corcoran as an American who invented an antidote against a bacterial attack through an explosive weapon. The lead female star was Filipina Celia Flor. Also in the cast was boy actor Ike Jarlego, Jr. who later became an editor and director. This was produced in the 1950s.
Pacific Inferno – This 1985 film starred Jim Brown and Richard Jaeckel as Amrerican soldiers captured during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines together with Filipino guerillas led by Vic Diaz. Also in the cast was Filipina Annabelle Huggins.
Purple Hearts – A love story with war as background, this film starred Ken Wahl as a navy surgeon and Cheryl Ladd as the nurse he fell for during the war in Vietnam. Veteran local actor Koko Trinidad appeared in this 1984 movie which was shot in the Philippines.
The Real Glory – It This film, made in the 1930s, starred Gary Cooper, David Niven, Broderick Crawford and Reginald Owen as professional soldiers who helped island natives to repel pirates. The local performer was Rudy Robles as a lieutenant.This was produced by the Metro Goldwin Mayer (MGM).
Reflection in a Golden Eye – This 1967 starred Elizabeth Taylor with Filipino Zorro David as her homosexual Filipino servant. It was adapted from a novel.
Samar – This 1962 film starred George Montgomery, Joan O’Brien, Gilbert Ronald, Ziva Rodann and Filipno actor Mario Barri. It is a story of a commandant who disobeyed his superiors’ orders and set free inmates of a penal colony in the jungle.
The Steel Claw – This film again starred frequent Philippine visitor George Montgomery who played the role of a marine during the Japanese invasion of our country. Filipina actress Charito Luna also appeared in this 1961 film.
The Story of the Dolls – A sex-oriented film shot in the Philippines in 1984, this starred Max Thayer and Filipina Techie Agbayani.
Surrender Hell – This 1959 was film starred Keith Andes with Filipina actress Paraluman as his leading lay. It was produced in 1959.
Vital Parts – This 1999 film starred Richard Grieco with Filipina actress Joyce Jimenez as the lead female star. The film dealt with the smuggling of human vital parts which were sold in other countries.
White Goddess – This 1943 film starred Wanda Mackay and Filipino actor Rudy Robles.
The Year of Living Dangerously – This Peter Weir-directed film starred Mel Gibson as a journalist and British embassy attaché in Indonesia who learned the imminent attack of a military installation. Sigourney Weaver of Alien fame was the leading lady. Included in the cast were local performers Bembol Roco and Kuh Ledesma. This was shot in the Philippines in 1983.
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