Filipino cinema really started to rise and enter its first ‘Golden Age’ after World War II, where patriotic war films permeated the industry which the national audience at the time loved. Over time Filipino films evolved and gained international attention, with films such as Genghis Khan (1950) being shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The films of the late 20th century are quite commercialised and some are derivatives of American Western tropes and films, however, since the early 2000s independent cinema has mostly replaced that, breathing new life into the industry. Now there are many aspects of the Philippines and political commentaries that are shown through more recent films, breathing new life into Filipino cinema.
Check out CulturalPulse’s shortlist of the best Filipino films over the past 70 years below.