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Live Blog: "Captive" Gala Premiere

Direk Brillante Mendoza's latest offering is finally opening in Manila on September 3, Monday, 7pm at Greenbelt 5.

  • Hi, everyone! Fans of Direk Brillante Mendoza are in for a treat tonight as we live blog the gala premiere of "Captive" in Greenbelt. Stay with us as we bring you updates as they happen. We'll also share photos, of course. Stay tuned! :)
  • Kai Magsanoc now reporting from Greenbelt 3 for the "Captive" premiere
  • Rustica Carpio plays a kidnapped social worker in the movie

  • Isabel Lopez also plays a kidnap victim in "Captive"

  • Che Ramos and Jon Achaval

  • Enrique Abascal

  • Kathy Mulville

  • Manila Bulletin's Mark Dy

  • Manila Bulletin's Badette Cunanan

  • Members of the female cast

  • Kaye Etong and Jay Mendoza

  • Ms. World 2011 1st runner-up Gwen Ruais

  • John Lapus and Eugene Domingo

  • Tado, who plays a comedic Abu Sayyaf member

  • US Ambassador Harry Thomas

  • Marc Zanetta

  • Leo Martinez

  • Arlyn dela Cruz

  • Coco Martin

  • Direk Brillante Mendoza

  • Dennis Trillo and Raymond Gutierrez

  • Tessa Prieto-Valdez

  • Goldlyn Uy and Elizabeth Chua play the Chinese kidnap victims in "Captive"

  • Jo-Ann Bitagcol

  • Allan Paule

  • Designer Joey Samson

  • HF Yambao, Meg Roxas and the THISChannel team

  • We're still waiting for Sid Lucero, Raymond Bagatsing and Angel Aquino to arrive
  • Lead star Isabelle Huppert is not with us tonight

  • Timothy Mabalot plays Ahmed, one of the youngest members of the Abu Sayyaf. He is also a Cinemalaya veteran.

  • Beautiful photo of Angel Aquino on display. She plays a nurse in "Captive."

  • Dennis Padilla

  • Raymund Bagatsing's photo on display

  • Meryll Soriano is part of Direk Brillante's next movie

  • Ronnie Lazaro channeled Commander Robot in "Captive" although his character has a different name

  • Carmela Sto. Domingo, Toff de Venecia and Shaira Luna

  • Sid Lucero plays the young Abu Sayyaf leader who took over after his older brother (played by Raymund Bagatsing) gets killed

  • Caught Sid on his way inside the theater

  • Just found out that Raymund Bagatsing channels Kadafi Janjalani in the movie
  • "Captive" screening now starting.
  • I'm uploading my last two images, folks, and passing the torch to Rappler's Gemma Mendoza
  • Stay with us for Gemma's real-time commentary on "Captive"
  • Movie starts with the capture of hostages from Dos Palmas
  • Story seen from perspective of one of the hostages, a foreigner.
  • Jarring realism. How a hostage's ransom is computed, leeches in the jungle, a real child-birth...
  • A businessman is freed along with his companion and a young boy
  • Narrative captures the gloom, the feeling of desperation, the terror.
  • Death, an execution, conversion, a wedding
  • Story shows the impact of an ideologue's death
  • Story also takes up the role of the media
  • A school gets 2 groups of visitors
  • Narrative also delves into the human side of the hostage takers. Why a boy became an ASG member.
  • Then the rescue.
  • Applause from the audience.
  • After the movie

  • The man behind "Captive"

  • Closing the live blog now. Thanks for reading!
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