PHOTO FROM: TWITTER.COM/ABS_RESTORATIONA classic Pinoy musical-comedy film comes to today’s viewers as the latest installment of Sagip Pelikula Spotlight brings the digitally restored version of LVN Pictures’ 1980 film “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?” on KTX.
Directed by Mike de Leon and cowritten with Doy del Mundo and veteran actress Raquel Villavicencio, the musical classic brings the uncanny story of two couples embroiled in a conflict between Japanese and Chinese drug syndicates.
Johnny (Christopher de Leon), his flame Melanie (Charo Santos), his friend Nonong ( Jay Ilagan) and Nonong’s sweetheart Nancy (Sandy Andolong) then uncover a plot that would baffle them all.
Also starring in the De Leon classic are Johnny Delgado, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Leo Martinez, Moody Diaz, Joe Jardi, Tommy Yap, George Javier, Nanette Inventor, Bert Miranda and APO Hiking Society’s Boboy Garrovillo and Danny Javier with a cameo from Jim Paredes.
First digitally restored and remastered in 2015 by ABS-CBN Film Restoration in cooperation with L’Immagine Ritrovata, the award-winning hit from LVN streams anew alongside attributed works of Raquel Villavicencio in remastered fashion as an homage to her cinematic contributions.
In a preshow interview with Film Restoration head Leo Katigbak, Raquel called for support for Sagip Pelikula’s efforts in restoring countless classics, especially those from the golden age of Philippine Cinema, for the next generation of Pinoy audiences.
“Please support Sagip Pelikula. You’ll someday regret it if you do not appreciate Sagip Pelikula, or else you’ll never see films like these ever again without their efforts. It’s a gift from them,” she stressed.
Catch “Kakabakaba Ka Ba?” featuring an exclusive preshow interview with Raquel on KTX this September, priced at only P150 per pass and available at https://bit.ly/KKBKBonKTX.
Also featured in the latest installment of Sagip Pelikula Spotlight for Raquel are more of her attributed works, including “Himala,” “Saan Ka Man Naroroon,” “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit,” “Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal,” “Separada” and “Sukob.” (Story/Photos by: Kane Choa)