In films directed by Filipino directors, there is always an element that thrusts your heart because of the harsh reality. A director who is only 24 years of age, Pepe Diokno’s debut feature film Clash talks about two brothers who live in the slums dealing with the uncomforting reality. The older brother, Richard, who is deeply involved with a gang, is saving up to escape to Manila despite the threats of the opposing gang. Raymond, the younger brother should be in school but he too, is slowly getting involved with the gang. The image continues of showing children in the slums, who should be under the care of parents, but rather, are being mislead to consuming alcohol, cigarettes, drugs and violence. While the images continue, the contradiction between the visual and audio is increased with the radio and TV broadcast of the mayor’s speech regarding the increasing efforts to strengthen public order. The most impressive part of this film is the camera work in which the films seem as if it has not undergone any editing. The happenings from morning to night have been transformed into the screen within the time of an hour, but the hand-held camera that follows the character’s paths into the nooks and crannies of the slums offer an extension of time that a long take cannot provide. Despite the effect of decreased time due to editing, by eliminating the point of edit, the opposite effect was achieved. If the tragic beauty of 80s Hong Kong films are deemed new-school, this film which portrays strong emotions of tragedy through a straight forward and candid narrative seems rather modern.
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