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Jos Rizal (Film)

Jos Rizal is a 1998 Filipino biographical film of the Philippine national hero Jos Rizal directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya and
starring Cesar Montano as Jos Rizal.
At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film in the history of Philippine cinema with a budget of over PhP.80 million. The film was
an official entry to the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival. Upon release, the film met a universal critical acclaim.

Below are the list of actors and actresses seen on the film Jos Rizal.
Cesar Montano
Jos Rizal
Joel Torre
Crisostomo Ibarra/Simoun
Gloria Diaz
Teodora Alonso
Jaime Fabregas
Luis Taviel de Andrade
Gardo Versoza
Andrs Bonifacio
Monique Wilson
Maria Clara
Chin Chin Gutierrez
Josephine Bracken
Mickey Ferriols
Leonor Rivera
Pen Medina
Paciano Rizal
Peque Gallaga
Archbishop Bernardo Nozaleda, O.P.
Bon Vibar
Ramn Blanco
Subas Herrero
Tony Mabesa
Camilo de Polavieja
Alexis Santaren
Chiqui Xerxes-Burgos
Father Villaclara, S.J.
The Plot
Imprisoned in Fort Santiago under the abusive Spanish colonization, Jos Rizal (Cesar Montano) was approached by a young
uneducated indio asking the importance of education during his life. Meanwhile, in Balintawak, Andrs Bonifacio (Gardo Versoza)
and his fellow secret organization of Katipunan, commenced the uprising against the cruel tyranny created by the Spaniards by
tearing their cedula as a sign of Spanish slavery.
Soon, a first lieutenant of the Artillery, Luis Taviel de Andrade (Jamie Fabregas), visited Rizal. Taviel de Andrade did not waste time
to study carefully Rizals case. In just a short period of time, Rizal and Taviel captured each others sympathy and eventually
became friends as they had usual meetings in Rizals cell in Fort Santiago. Taviel was even able to celebrate Christmas with Rizal in
the cell where they drank and sang together.
After Christmas, Rizal was sent to Royal Audiencia (the colonial court of appeal) to hear the trial against him. Soon after, the
magistrates decided to condemn him under firing squad on the 30th of the morning in Luneta.
At the night before the execution, Rizal hallucinates, seeing his alter ego-protagonist Simoun of his novel El Filibusterismo tempting
the author to change the climax of the story.
On the morning of the execution, his kin received a small alcohol stove (not a gas lamp as commonly portrayed) from his cell
containing the last poem "Mi Ultimo Adios." Stopping at the place of execution facing the rising sun, Rizal asked the authorities for a
last request as he faces the firing squad but the request is denied. Calm and without haste, he changed his request to save his head
during execution. At the moment the shooting squad points at his back, he readily uttered his final words: Consummatum est. (It is
After the execution, members of the Katipunan successfully seized the Spaniards' weapons and horses and soon after, Katipuneros
of many filipino provinces in war continued to battle, leaving Rizal's legacy in their minds and hearts.

Jose Protacio Mercado Alonzo y Realonda Rizal (June 19, 1861 Dec 30, 1896) Is most venerated and acclaimed patriot in the
Philippines recognized for his unselfish contribution in the historical and social transformation in the country, he is one of the
National heroes of the Philippines together with Andres Bonifacio. He also writes El Filibusterismo and Noli me Tangere. Rizal as a
child was a lover of a Literature arts and wrote a poem named Ang aking mga kabata . Rizal was born from wealthy Family in
Calamba, Laguna and Seventh of eleven children of Francisco engracio Rizal and Teodora Alonzo Realonda de Quintos. Rizal had a
Spanish and Japanese Ancestors. The grandfather and father of Teodora was a Half Spaniard engineer named Lorenzo Alberto
Alonzo. His maternal great-great-grandfather was Eugenio Ursua, a descendant of Japanese settlers.

Before he enrolled in Ateneo Municipal de Manila, Paciano Rizal advice Rizal dropped the last three names to make up his full name
as Jose Protasio Rizal. Rizal writes My family never paid much attention [to our second surname Rizal], but now I had to use it,
thus giving me the appearance of an illegitimate child
Rizal first study under Justiniano Aquino Cruz in Binan, Laguna. Before he sent in manila he take entrance examination in Colegio
de San Juan de Letran and at age 11, He enrolled at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila (now Ateneo de Manila), earn a Bachelor of Arts
diploma and studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, he continued his studies of medicine in Universidad
Central de Madrid in Madrid, Spain, earning the degree of Licentiate in Medicine, make him eligible to practice medicine. He also
attended the University of Paris and earned and second doctorate at the University of Heidelberg. The 25 year-old Rizal he finished
eye specialization in 1887 under professor Otto Becker.
By 1896 he was arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona. He was sent back to manila to stand in trial and
imprisoned in Fort Santiago by issued a manifesto. And sentence in death by court martial by Rebillion, sedition and conspiracy.
At December 30, 1896 before his execution by the squad of Filipino soldier of Spanish, a backup force of regular Spanish army stood
ready to shoot before he was shot he requested to be shot in looking at the shooter and without a blindfold but they disagree but they
agree on without a blindfold. Before be shot he shout his last word consummatum est (it is finished)
He was secretly buried in Paco cemetery in Manila with no identification on his grave but they mark the site with RPJ his initials in
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish
-Jose Rizal
- This quotes means if we use our own language to communicate with the same Filipino we will understand what we talk and
to share. But we use other language to communicate to other countries to share ideas and talk to them.
While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.
-Jose Rizal
-As we preserves our own nationalism we also preserves our dignity being a Filipino in a pure heart.
If Rizal is still lives in our generation, he will sure that all Filipino has an inspiration like him by being learning knowledge is
everything that all of Filipino was educated even in they are poor he will also not teach but to understand what is being a
Nationalism and loving our own language. Rizal is the hero that are brave fight in everything even for his life and work, in the film I
watch he said that we do not need to blood to be shed, we can fight them with our knowledge and showing that we are equal to them.
I think if he is now here in our generation maybe we Filipino are not like this even in our problem what we experience today.

Accused of treason, Dr. Jose P. Rizal awaits trial and meets with his colonial government-appointed
counsel, Luis Taviel de Andrade. The two build the case and arguments for the defense as significant
events in the central figure's life prior to his incarceration unfold. Upon hearing Rizal's life story, Taviel
begins to realize that the accused is not only innocent but exhibits in fact all the qualities of an
extraordinary man. When the mock trial unreels, Taviel is all set to act as the prime advocate for his client
as Rizal himself is about to give an earth-moving speech to defend his honor and address his
countrymen. Meanwhile, the Spanish authorities have worked out the vast political machinery to ensure a
guilty verdict. A revolution awaits in the wings.
The movie Jose Rizal is a great interpretation of the Philippines's tragic history. I believe it
got all it's facts right which would help a lot in studying this quarter's lesson. It also shows
patriotism and heroism in a peaceful way. It also is an accurate and colourful biography of
Jose Rizal's full life. However, there were a lot of points where it was very difficult to
understand what Jose Rizal was saying because it was usually in Spanish, and although they
were really speaking in Spanish, I could tell Cesar Montano was having difficulties in reciting
his Spanish lines. It only shows how he lacked practice and coaching with these parts. It is
also rather confusing to watch because there were too many flashbacks and you won't know
if he was still in Spain or what. If you are a person who is easily confused, do not watch this
movie because all you would do is gape at the screen and be befuddled by these flashbacks.
Of course, if you can cope with the weird scene-cuttings, well, there isn't a problem with
watching it at all. I would also encourage you to watch it again after the first time to
understand it more clearly. I would not recommend this movie to students' grade 5 and
below. Apparently, the movie has its own complexity and some scenes of violence. There
are also some scenes wherein it's very inappropriate for young children such as the nude
and bed scene in the first part. Although the scene shows how abusive the friars are with
their power which would include raping Filipino women, the scenes are very disturbing, even
for us. There is also some times wherein Jose Rizal has somewhat a mad glint in his eye as

if he seemed frustrated which is quite disturbing to look at. It only shows the desperation of
Jose Rizal through body language; however, this was excellently portrayed in some scenes.
Although based on true fact, I believe that the fact that Jose Rizal did have a love affair with
his cousin should not have been shown in the movie because it gives Jose Rizal a new and
bad light after he kissed Leanor Rivera, his cousin. Maybe they could have showed that Jose
Rizal did have a love affair with his cousin in a more custom way, but it should not have
been portrayed in a sexual way. This would completely disgrace Filipino culture because our
culture is very conservative, and kissing in a clinic is very far from what I would say
conservativeness of the Filipinos. Other love affairs of Jose Rizal such as the one with
Josephine Bracken publicly showed that they had a child together, but it died during birth. It
was also mention several times that they had a child. This would not only disgrace the name
of Jose Rizal but also the Filipino people. Although he wasn't exactly what you would call a
teenager at that time, a pre-marital baby is not what you would be proud to this day, and I
guess in those days, you would reach the point of being disowned by your own family. And
even though we all know that Jose Rizal was really a womaniser, you wouldn't want to know
that our national hero actually was a very kinky man after all. Overall, I half-enjoyed and
was also half-disturbed by the movie. This would certainly help in understanding the life of
Rizal, but I really don't think it's appropriate for small kids. I would recommend this movie
to people who would like to know more about the history of the Philippines, but personally, if
you are not interested and you are not required to watch this at school, do not watch it
because as I have said, it's very disturbing.
This is a copy of my reaction paper for this movie in History class and i'm 13 years old and
we're REQUIRED to submit one

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