Eugene Domingo fans, rejoice! The actress will have not just one, not two, not even three, but four movies guaranteed for release in the second half of the year.
First up will be next week’s “Tuhog,” to be followed by “Instant Mommy” in August, “Oh My Mamma Mia” in September, and “Kimmy Dora” The Prequel Kiyeme” in the Metro Manila Film Festival in December.
That’s practically a mini-film festival in itself. Eugene, last seen on the big screen in “I Do Bidoo” from August last year, will probably end up being the most prolific and visible major actress in movies in 2013.
And it’s not just the quantity that’s notable but also, and, perhaps more important, the quality and variety of the films. Of the four titles, two are mainstream productions (“Mamma Mia” from Viva Films and “Kimmy Dora” from Star Cinema), one is mainstream-indie or “maindie” (“Tuhog” from Star Cinema’s indie label, Skylight Films), and one is a full-on indie (“Instant Mommy,” a Cinemalaya entry).
Eugene couldn’t be happier. “Gusto ko ‘yun. Ang feeling ko na-establish ko na ang gusto kong image bilang artista na pwede kahit saan, from mainstream commercial movies to indies.”
This also gives her the freedom to experiment with her roles and explore various themes. “Malaya at matapang,” she says. And these four movies are proof of that. Although all are comedies, they have different flavors.
“Tuhog” is a dark comedy about the intersecting lives of three strangers who due to cruel fate find themselves stuck with each other after a tragic bus accident. Eugene co-stars with Jake Cuenca and Enchong Dee. It opens in theaters on July 17.
“Instant Mommy” is a light comedy about a wardrobe mistress in TV commercials who pretends to be pregnant to keep her Japanese fiance. The role of the Japanese fiancé is portrayed by Hollywood-based Japanese actor Yuki Matsuzaki, who actually applied for the role after seeing an announcement that an independent movie in the Philippines is looking for a Japanese actor.
“Instant Mommy” is Yuki’s first Asian film. It will premiere in Cinemalaya before its wide release in August.
“Oh My Mamma Mia,” about the warring mothers of an engaged young couple, is a hard comedy from blockbuster director Wenn Deramas that reunites Eugene with Maricel Soriano.
They co-starred in the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, the dramedy “Bahay Kubo” for which they won the festival Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress awards.
“Mamma Mia” is also Eugene’s first movie with Wenn since the 2011 Anne Curtis comedy “Who’s That Girl.” It opens on September 18.
“Kimmy Dora: The Prequel Kiyeme” is the third movie in the hit movie series that began in 2009. This time Eugene stars opposite Piolo Pascual, who is also one of the producers of the movie. Writer Chris Martinez will take over the directorial reins from Joyce Bernal, who will stay on as producer.
In fact, chances are, Eugene could have not just four but five or even six movies released before the year is over.
That’s because she has also completed shooting another indie, “Kuwentong Barbero” (Barber’s Tales), written and directed by “Bwakaw” writer-director Jun Lana.
And then she has started working on another Chris Martinez movie, this time for Regal Films — “Status: It’s Complicated”. This reworking of the classic Ishmael Bernal comedy “Salawahan” will also star Paulo Avelino, Solenn Heusaff, and Jake Cuenca. Eugene will portray the Rita Gomez role.
Both movies have no playdates yet.