REEL DEAL: Kid Kulafu REVIEW

Manny Pacquiao's monumental match with Mayweather maybe the most pivotal moment in his career and we have seen dozens of Manny tribute movies, documentaries and even TV shows. But what really made Manny who he is today? With many of these stories starts with his beginings in his boxing career, it has less known to the public how he started in the mountains of Bukidnon, his family's migration to General Santos and who introduced him first to the world of boxing.

These questions will now be answered by the upcoming film KID KULAFU by Paul Soriano. Based from Manny's ring name when he started out. Kid Kulafu or Emmanuel Pacquiao is played by Buboy Villar, known for his child sidekick roles and now a teenager and back on the big screen in a leading role. Buboy does have that resemblance of the young Manny yet imitating the moves and speed of Pacman is never a simple feat. 


Joining him as the lovable and funny Alessandra De Rossi as Dionisia Pacquiao who despite being known as comedic and deeply provincial, is a mother who worked hard and even got ill many times to provide food for their poor family. Her deep spirituality and values were passed on to Manny which he keeps up to this day. 


This film gives that great view of the life of the young Manny both positive and negative. It may also be similar to another Paul Soriano film THELMA which is also about a young athlete. But the story now is very factual as Pacman openly shared his life with so much detail. And with so many things that has happened, it was a challenge to compress everything into one movie.

Kid Kulafu is showing in cinemas April 15. Distributed and produced by Star Cinema (ABS-CBN Film Production)

Deliberation time kids! 

Show summary in 3 words: The Pacman begins
Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars (Paul Soriano's adaption of modern cinematography is appreciated with this film )
Plot: 3 out of 5 stars (Though there were the story is quite blurry, it still connects itself to the timeline)
Music and Soundtracks:  4 out for 5 stars (No mainstream songs were prominent but scoring was OK)

Pros:  cinematography, star studded ensemble, mommy Dionesia!

Cons:   Relevance of Kulafu, scenes where struggle can be highlighted more

Overall Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (Moving in emotions and in inspiration, the best Manny Pacquiao tribute movie so far)



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