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Directed byMark A. Reyes
Produced byMarlon Bautista
Dave Hukom
StarringBong Revilla
Distributed byImus Productions
Release date
  • 25 December 2007 (2007-12-25)

Resiklo (lit. Recycle) is a 2007 Philippine post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance comedy film starring Bong Revilla. It is the entry of Revilla's outfit, Imus Productions, to the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival.


Set in December 2021, Resiklo is the story of Crisval Sarmiento, an ex-military Colonel who leads a rag-tag group of survivors in the Philippines against the insect-like alien invaders known as the Balangs meaning "locusts."Because of the enormous expenditures in resources during the invasion (hinted in the movie's opening credits), the humans are forced to scavenge the destroyed landscape for anything that could be recycled and put to use at their secret sanctuary, called Paraiso (Paradise in English).

However, they are in a race against time, as in addition to the resource gathering, the survivors are fighting to eliminate the Balangs and their human collaborators, the Mutanos (mutated humans), while keeping Paraiso's location secret and along the way, uncovering the truth behind the invasion as well.


International releases[edit]

In Japan, Resiklo was retitled Transbattler (トランスバトラー), with a film poster emphasizing the presence of giant robots in the story and playing on the popularity of the Transformers franchise.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie garnered mixed to average reviews.

The CBCP's CINEMA (Catholic Initiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation) gave the film a score of three out of five stars, stating it as a straight and simple sci-fi movie with an "ensemble cast that acts out the story."[2]

The mecha action scenes were dismissed as copycats of the battle scenes from Transformers. Director Mark Reyes insisted that such was not the case, stating that the concept for the movie was made before the Hollywood film was in development.[3]


Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
2007 Metro Manila Film Festival [4][5] Best Picture Resiklo Won
Best Supporting Actor Roi Vinzon Won
Best Cinematography Jay Linao Won
Best Production Design Rodel Cruz Won
Best Visual Effects Ignite Media Won
Best Sound Recording Ditoy Aguila Won
Best Editing Jay Halili Won
Best Float Resiklo Won
People's Choice for Best Float Resiklo (1st Runner-up) Won

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Transbattler" (a.k.a. "Resiklo") chronicled on Gyogyoraigyo's blog (Japanese)
  2. ^ "CBCP World". Archived from the original on 2010-04-03.
  3. ^ "'Resiklo' not a copycat! Reyes". Manila Bulletin. 2008-01-03.
  4. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:2007". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  5. ^ "'Resiklo' tops MMFF technical awards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2007-01-05. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Enteng Kabisote 3: Okay ka, Fairy Ko: The Legend Goes on and on and on
Metro Manila Film Festival Award for Best Picture
Succeeded by