After capturing the hearts of international moviegoers and film critics in its world premiere in the prestigious 66th Cannes International Film Festival in France and bagging honors in the recently held 2013 Puchon International Fantastic (PiFan) Film Festival in South Korea, the much talked about action-thriller co-produced by Star Cinema and Reality Entertainment, "OTJ" (On The Job), will finally hit Philippine cinemas on August 28 (Wednesday).
Under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Erik Matti, "OTJ" is topbiled by two of the most brilliant actors of their generation Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, veteran actor Joey Marquez, and 2013 PiFan Film Festival best actor Joel Torre, who are all hands-down to their film's one-of-a-kind script.
"Natapos ko 'yung script ng isang basahan lang. I fell in love with the project right away. I was so moved by it. I really felt there's something different, something definitely out of the box," said Piolo, who is proud to be part of Star Cinema's return to the action genre. "It's an honor for me to be part of a film that's paying tribute to the action genre na medyo hindi na natin ginagawa. Kung maaalala natin, action ang unang genre na pinasok ng Star Cinema 20 years ago, 'yung "Adan Ronquillo ni Senator Bong Revilla."
Part of the continuing grand celebration of Star Cinema's 20th anniversary, "OTJ" shares the personal quest for justice of three men--NBI agent Francis (Piolo), Sgt. Joaquin (Joel), and two prisoners Daniel (Gerald) and Tatang (Joel).
Gerald shared that with the intensity of their action scenes, they felt that they were filming a Hollywood project. He explained, "Dito ko naranasan 'yung isang buong araw na shoot para lang sa chase scene namin sa MRT, sa city hall, at kung saan-saan. Feeling ko talaga nasa Hollywood kami kasi sobrang hirap kunan ang mga eksena namin. Kakaibang 'kilig' 'yung epekto nung trabahong 'to kasi alam kong hindi araw-araw or every project, pwede ko 'tong gawin."
If "OTJ" is memorable for Piolo and Gerald because it is their first action movie, it also made a mark in the heart of Joel because of the important character given to him by Star Cinema at Reality Entertainment.
"Tatang is a role of a lifetime for an actor," said Joel about his role in the movie that viewers should look out for. "At my age, akala ko relegated na lang ako sa tatay roles, na you get to shoot in five days and that's it. But "OTJ" made me a significant part of the story. Kapag napanood niyo na 'yung pelikula, malalaman nyo kung bakit siya hinangaan abroad."
Joey, meanwhile, is excited about how viewers will respond to the ‘new Tsong’ that is featured in the film “First time sa ganitong klaseng film na medyo unorthodox kumpara sa usual na ginagawa ko. Sa ‘OTJ,’ aksyon na aksyon talaga ako! It was a very challenging role. Parang it's something that somehow ‘upgraded’ me my little experience sa showbusiness," said Joey.
Also part of "OTJ" are Angel Aquino, Shaina Magdayao, Empress, Dawn Jimenez, Leo Martinez, Michael de Mesa, Vivian Velez and Rayver Cruz.
Don't miss the internationally-acclaimed action-thriller na "OTJ," showing on cinemas nationwide on August 28, 2013.