On The Job is an upcoming Filipino action movie starring Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson and Joel Torre. This crime film is about four men who are struggling to survive their current situation and is doing everything they can to provide for their loved ones. On The Job also depicts the two worlds between two inmates who are earning a living as contract killers and the law enforcers investigating the crimes. As the two groups collide with each other, their loved ones will be caught in the middle of all the chaos. This new movie is part of Star Cinema’s 20th anniversary presentation. Check out the latest buzz for this new film below:
“On The Job: A Gritty Crime Thriller
“OTJ” (On the Job) is a crime thriller 4 years in the making for Matti, whose production house Reality partnered with Star Cinema for OTJ.
Piolo Pascual plays an NBI agent married to a corrupt congressman’s daughter (played by Shaina Magdayao). Joel Torre plays Tatang, a veteran contract killer, who takes on Daniel, played by Gerald Anderson as his protégé. Both are inmates in prison, who leave their cells whenever they are called for a job.
The film premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight to a standing ovation.
The Hollywood Reporter describes “OTJ” as “a likably rough-edged hitmen-vs-cops thriller.”
Variety calls the film a “gritty, convoluted but steadily engrossing crime thriller from Filipino genre maven Erik Matti.”
“OTJ’s” North American distribution rights were purchased by Well Go USA.
The film also recently won major awards at the the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Fest in South Korea.
Joel Torre, as told to Patricia Evangelista
I’m Jose Rizalino De Leon Torre or Joel Torre, same person, and I’m an actor.
Acting is my life. To be a real actor, you have to bare your soul. Forty-five years ago, during high school I decided to be an actor because I loved it. I loved every moment of it. It’s the creation. Because I was a different person when I started acting and then when I discovered it, I learned more about myself and becoming who I am now.
I play Tatang, the mentor. He was put into jail for defending his rights and then had to survive. Although he’s a hard killer, he does it for a noble cause to save his family which is keeping from his chance so he’s living a double life. And then I’m mentoring this protégé si Gerald.
Erik offered this role 4 years ago, so it never left my system. Who wouldn’t accept the role? You’d be so stupid as an actor if you won’t accept it. There are cases of actors who have missed the boat or were not the bus because they decided that the role wasn’t for them and I’m glad that I’m just there ready for it and the full trust of Erik Matti.
I’m very grateful to Erik because there’s that temptation to put in a kick-ass action star to make it a really full-fledged action. He stuck with me, he fought for me. He said everything you can change, but not my actor. So he really pushed for me.”
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On The Job is directed by Eric Matti and is scheduled to have a limited screening on September 27th 2013.
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