Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure
|Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure|
The original DVD cover.
|Directed by||Chito S. Roño|
|Produced by||Douglas Quijano
|Written by||Roy Iglesias|
|Music by||Nathan Brendholdt
|Editing by||Manet Dayrit|
|Studio||Roadrunner Network, Inc.
|Distributed by||Regal Entertainment|
|Running time||113 minutes|
|Budget||PhP. 80 million (estimated)|
Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure is a 2001 Filipino epic adventure-drama film that revolves around a hidden Yamashita treasure. It was directed by acclaimed Filipino director Chito S. Roño and released by Regal Entertainment. The film won a total of 11 awards in various award-giving bodies including the coveted Metro Manila Film Festival for Best Picture.
Lolo Melo (Armando Goyena) is an old Filipino World War II veteran living in the United States who tells his war stories to his grandson Jobert (Danilo Barrios). Flashbacks to 1944 he tell the story of his participation during World War II, when his troop was ordered to bury the Yamashita treasure. When Lolo gets kidnapped, Jobert goes back to Manila in order to find the hidden treasure and save his grandfather. Jobert finds the clues to a hidden treasure in the coded, wartime diaries of his grandfather. Soon, he and his chums are in hot pursuit of the Yamashita Treasure. But a dangerous mercenaries are also after the prize, Emong(Albert Martinez) a Philippine government official and Naguchi(Vic Diaz) a Japanese World War II veteran.
- Armando Goyena as Carmelo Rosales also known as Lolo Melo
- Danilo Barrios as Lolo Melo's grandson Jobert Rosales
- Albert Martinez as Emong, a Philippine Government Official
- Carlo Muñoz as the young Carmelo
- Vic Diaz as the old World War II Japanese veteran Naguchi
- Rustom Padilla as Jarco, the right-hand of Naguchi
- Tetsuya Matsui as the young Naguchi
- Camille Prats as Xyra the love interest of Jobert
- Tadakazu Sakuma as General Yamashita
- Janus Del Prado as Omar
- Bearwin Meily as Elmore
- Mico Palanca as Vince
- Ethan Javier as Willie
- Leni Rivera as Glecy Castro
- Johnny Revilla as Orly
- Bambi Arambulo as Laila
- Marvin Lanuza as Phil
- Heidi Reyes as Pam
- Gail Valencia as Connie
- Pocholo Montes as Gen. Rivas
- Fonz Deza as Velasco
- Reggie Curley as Bello
- Niño Benedicto as Peping
- Troy Martino as Xyra's dad
- Mia Gutierrez as Xyra's mom
- Hernando San Pedro as old Delfin
- Jez Umali as young Delfin
The film was shot in United States and Philippines. Roadrunner Network, Inc. is responsible for the majority of visual effects. The titles were made by Cinemagic. The films were printed by LVN Pictures.
"The Treasure In You" is the theme song of the film, composed by Elvin Reyes and Normann Roque and arranged by Ruth Bagalay. It was recorded by singer Pops Fernandez.
In review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 57% and an average score of 3.5 out of 5 from users based on 80 reviews.
The official home video of the film was released on November 15, 2005 in Region-3 DVD format.
2001 Metro Manila Film Festival
- Won best picture
- Won best director for Chito S. Roño
2001 FAMAS Awards
- Won best actor for Armando Goyena
- Won best art Direction for Max Paglingawan and Fernan Santiago
- Won best special Effects for Roadrunner Network, Inc.
- Won best supporting Actor for Carlo Muñoz.
- Won best visual Effects for Roadrunner Network, Inc.
Young Critics Circle, Philippines
- Won best cinematography for Neil Daza
- Won best visual Design for Max Paglingawan and Fernan Santiago
- Won best achievement in Sound for Ross Diaz, Ronald de Asis and Albert Michael Idioma
- Won best achievement in Aural Orchestration for Kormann Roque and Nathan Brendholdt
When the film won the Best Picture award over the much favored film Bagong Buwan (a film about the military conflict in Muslim Mindanao directed by Marilou Diaz-Abaya). Many moviegoers and critics were shocked over its selection for the top award as the movie was presented as an adventure film tackling the legend about the lost gold of Yamashita in the Philippines. For the most part, Yamashita was a fantasy and its subject matter was considered irrelevant to Filipinos.
Prior to its release, Yamashita rode a wave of hype as the Philippines' answer to Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor due to a scene on the film featuring Japanese fighter planes attacking a Philippine base which coincidentally happen to be very similar to one of the scene on Pearl Harbor. The scene was made using the most advanced visual effects technology available at that time.
- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure 2001 directed by Chito S. Rono, retrieved 19 March 2012
- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure at the Internet Movie Database
- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure at Rotten Tomatoes
- Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure at allmovie