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Kinatay (film).jpg
Film poster
Directed byBrillante Mendoza
Produced by
  • Didier Costet
  • Ferdinand Lapuz
Written byArmando Lao
StarringCoco Martin
Music byTeresa Barrozo[1]
CinematographyOdyssey Flores[1]
Edited byKats Serraon[1]
  • Centerstage Productions
  • SWIFT Productions
Distributed by
  • Nettai Museum (Japan)
  • Équation Distribution (France)
  • Film1 Sundance Channel (Netherlands)
Release date
  • 17 May 2009 (2009-05-17) (Cannes)
  • 23 September 2009 (2009-09-23) (Philippines)
Running time
105 minutes

Kinatay (transl.Butchered or English: The Execution of P)[2][3] is a 2009 internationally co-produced independent psychological thriller film directed by Brillante Mendoza and written by Armando Lao. The story is centered on a criminology student (Coco Martin) who accidentally joins a syndicate to make enough money for his family, and gets involved in murder and dismembering of an erring drug dealer.

The film premiered at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Best Director Award,[4] the first Filipino film to do so.[3] The film was included in the 2009 Cinemalaya Film Festival.


Newly-wedded Criminology student Peping receives a text message from his friend Abyong. He says they need to meet at Luneta Park that night. At the park, Peping passes to Abyong drug money collected by a balut vendor, but Abyong informs Peping that Kap (or Vic) requires his presence for another "operation". Peping reluctantly agrees and they enter a van parked nearby. He asks Abyong what they are up to but Abyong offers little details.

They stop by a night club and Sarge calls for Madonna (or Gina), claiming Kap wants to see her in the van. Inside the van, Madonna gives an alibi to Kap about a certain Franco but is abruptly beaten and restrained with duct tape. As the van is about to enter the NLEX tollway, Kap calls an unidentified boss who orders them to put down Madonna. Sarge and Chico beat her unconscious and the group believes she is dead. At the expressway, a police car is in pursuit but eventually overtakes and arrests another driver.

They stop at an isolated house in a rural town and transport Madonna's body to the basement. Sarge throws a bucket of water to find Madonna still alive. Outside, Peping learns from Abyong that Madonna had a debt of more than 100,000.00 worth of drugs. Kap orders him, Abyong and Rommel to buy food and liquor, as the unidentified boss ('Gen') still has a meeting. Inside the van, Abyong tells Peping he also felt nervous for the first time, and hands over to Peping a licensed gun; a gift from Kap and the "cure for nervousness". As they stop by a local store and buy liquor, Rommel tells Peping to buy balut from the nearby bus station. Peping buys but lingers around the area, eventually entering a bus bound to depart. His phone rings so he makes an alibi of urinating and returns to the van.

Back at the house, Kap orders Peping to call for Sarge. Sarge leaves Madonna to Peping, who discovers she has a child. Kap receives a call from the unidentified boss implying that it is time. The men enter the basement room and remove the duct tape from her mouth. Madonna asks for forgiveness from Kap but Kap insists that "business is business" and leaves the room. Sarge begins beating her, but Chico stops him short and says he wants to "do something" first. Outside, as Kap and Peping have a conversation, Chico rapes Madonna, whose cries are heard by Peping. Sarge tells Abyong and Chico to find a bolo knife. Madonna is restrained and Sarge gives the order to Chico, who stabs her twice in the torso, killing her. Chico chops off one leg as Peping watches in horror. Peping is told to find a sack. Sarge is annoyed by the blunt bolo knife and tells Abyong to find a sharp kitchen knife, which he uses to sever the head. Sarge takes off his bloody shirt and washes in the nearby bathroom. The men transport the dismembered body parts to the van and clean up the blood evidence in the room.

Inside the van, the men indiscriminately toss out the body parts at different places along the way. They stop by a local eatery and order food. Peping enters the eatery bathroom and throws up realizing what had just transpired. He heads back to his seat and says he had lost his appetite. He asks Kap if he can leave. Kap tells him that he will get used to it, and hands him some money for his baby's milk. A news reporter is seen interviewing residents about a severed head found in a garbage dump. Peping rides a taxi home as his wife Cecille prepares some breakfast while carrying the baby.



The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes offers a score of 71% from seven critics, and a rating average of 5.9 out of 10.[2] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times had been one of the film's most notable detractors, writing: "Here is a film that forces me to apologize to Vincent Gallo for calling The Brown Bunny the worst film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival."[5]



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  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (16 May 2009). "CANNES #4: WHAT WERE THEY THINKING OF?". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Moon, Best Feature Film of Sitges 09". Sitges Film Festival. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
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  8. ^ "33rd Gawad Urian winners". Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
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  10. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (30 April 2010). "'Kinatay' bags awards in Gawad Urian". Sun.Star Manila. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  11. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (8 May 2010). "Winners in Golden Screen Awards bared". Sun.Star Manila. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  12. ^ Llanes, Rommel R. (6 May 2010). "Indie films rule at the 7th Golden Screen Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  13. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (23 January 2010). "Winners of 8th Gawad Tanglaw revealed". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.

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