“I Do Bidoo Bidoo” — the endearing movie musical based on the great Apo Hiking Society songbook — premiered at the Osaka Asian Film Festival on Wednesday with English and Japanese subtitles.
The language and cultural barriers were happily transcended, according to the movie’s writer and director, Chris Martinez.
“#idobidoobidoo in Osaka! The audience laughed and applauded in the same parts where Pinoys did! APO music and the power of love: UNIVERSAL!” he posted on Facebook shortly after the film’s screening at the Umeda Burg 7 Theater 3 in Osaka.
Martinez also praised the picture quality at the screening in a subsequent post on Thursday.
“The picture quality last night was the best ever I have seen of ‘I Do Bidoo Bidoo’! Iba talaga ang mga sinehan at equipment at tech people dito sa Japan. It was like seeing the film for the first time again. Even the sound quality was great!” he enthused.
The film, a co-production of Unitel Films and Studio 5, will have another screening at the festival on Friday evening.
Starring Gary Valenciano, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid and Eugene Domingo, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” is among 13 films from across Asia competing for the festival’s Grand Prix, which comes with a cash prize of 500,000 Japanese yen.
The winners will be announced when the festival closes on Sunday.