Mano po 7 Chinoy (2016) Full Movie
Mano po 7 Chinoy (2016)
“Mano Po” is a series of movies dedicated to telling stories about the Filipino-Chinese (or Chinoy) community.
I had seen that first one in 2002 that starred Maricel Soriano and Kris Aquino as sisters. That one swept the Metro Manila Film Fest awards that year,
if I am not mistaken. I had seen some of these sequels, but the following films did not really match the critical and box office success of the first one.
Prior to this one, the “Mano Po 6” starring Sharon Cuneta was shown back in 2009. It is Regal Films 50th Anniversary this year,
so the Monteverdes wanted this latest episode to be their entry in the Metro Manila Film Fest,
like the others before it. However, due to changes in judging parameters,
this one (directed by Ian Lorenos and written by Senedy Que) did not make it to the Magic 8.
Regal decided to release it a week before the festival instead.
I’m not sure why they subtitled this one “Chinoy”,
when all the films in the series were already about Chinoys.
I wanted to watch this film because for once a real Chinoy actor is in the lead,
I thought this would certainly up the authenticity of the film,
which did not always do well previously due to casting of talented but obviously non-Chinoy actors, like Vilma Santos,
Sharon Cuneta, Zsa Zsa Padilla,
or Angel Locsin as leads. As a result,
the Fukienese Chinese dialog, one of the unique features of this series, sounded stilted and awkward.
The Wongs have been married for 25 years. Wilson (Richard Yap) has been too engrossed with his upscale real estate business, and his wife Deborah (Jean Garcia) feels she is being ignored.
The eldest child and only boy, Wilson Jr. (Enchong Dee), is their black sheep, a bum and drug addict who frequently brought shame to the family.
Their daughter Carol (Janella Salvador) is a music student majoring in cello at the university, but really wanted to take up voice instead.
The subplots about Wilson’s wife and children unfortunately felt generic and contrived, and not uniquely Chinoy. These issues have been tackled in many other local films before.