Honor Thy Father Movie stars John Lloyd Cruz as a husband and a father whose family has been involved in a Ponzi scheme in a corrupt religious group. Produced by Reality Entertainment and directed by Erik Matti, this controversial and brave Pinoy indie film was screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and won 12 major awards from various award-giving bodies in the Philippines and abroad.
Honor Thy Father Movie Plot Summary
In the movie, John Lloyd Cruz plays Edgar, the soft-spoken husband of Kaye (Meryll Soriano) and the father of their daughter Angel (Krystal Brimner). The family is attending church services at the Pentecostal Church of Yeshua, and Kaye has been making millions of pesos by promoting her father’s investment scheme to her friends and fellow parishioners. Nevertheless, Edgar is somehow not convinced with her business.
And although some churchgoers doubt that it might be a scam, Kaye continued convincing more new recruits and that she believes that it was a blessing from God. But one day, Kaye’s father was found dead and all the money disappeared. Shortly, the investors want their money back and even sent death threats to them, until Angel was kidnapped. Now Edgar was left with no choice but to raise money and protect his family.
* Honor Thy Father was disqualified from the Best Picture category of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, which led to an investigation at Congress. According to the MMFF Executive Committee, its producer Ronald “Dondon” Monteverde violated a rule when he did not disclose the movie’s participation in the Cinema One Originals Film Festival. But according to Monteverde, Honor Thy Father was not included in the original MMFF lineup and was only added when another film, Hermano Puli, withdrew in October.
* Honor Thy Father lead actor John Lloyd Cruz shaved his head for his role. This is despite the fact that he might lose endorsement contracts, especially for shampoo. “My world has grown bigger. I am not just confined to my home network, ABS-CBN. I want to break away from my usual roles. I refuse to be typecast,” he reportedly said.
Below is the complete list of awards won by Honor Thy Father movie:
2018 European Philippine International Film Festival (EPIFF) – Italy
* Best Film
* Best Director – Erik Matti
2016 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Switzerland)
* Best Asian Film – Erik Matti
2016 Gawad Urian Awards
* Best Actor – John Lloyd Cruz
2015 Metro Manila Film Festival
* Best Director – Erik Matti
* Best Supporting Actor – Tirso Cruz III
* Best Child Performer – Krystal Brimner
* Best Makeup – Ryan Panaligan and Erica Racela
* Best Original Theme Song – “Tao”
2016 Star Awards for Movies
* Movie Supporting Actor of the Year – Tirso Cruz III
* Movie Screenwriter of the Year – Michiko Yamamoto
* Movie Cinematographer of the Year – Ber Cruz
Honor Thy Father Movie Cast
John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Dan Fernandez, Tirso Cruz III, Perla Bautista, Yayo Aguila, Khalil Ramos, William Martinez, Lander Vera-Perez, Boom Labrusca, Krystal Brimner, Dalin Sarmiento, Ludy Serrano, Phil Dy, Ricky Pascua, Cherry Malvar, Lilit Reyes, Fatima Velasco, Jay-Ar Tillman, Neng Canlas, Carol Guanlao, Lao Rodriguez, Wenah Nagales, Ezra Marie Bersamira, Genald Hidalgo, Lilia Espanillo, Winryll Banaag, Miguel Osias, Mike Ong, and many more.