After cementing their reputation with their successful film franchise Shake, Rattle, & Roll, Regal Entertainment offered up a new kind of horror project with their 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry The Missing which was shot in Japan in cooperation with the Saga Film Commission.
The film begins with the introduction of Iris (played by Ritz Azul), a restoration specialist who is still in the process of getting over the trauma of losing her younger sister and who accepts an offer from her engineer ex-boyfriend (played by Joseph Marco) to do a restoration project in a centuries old house in Saga, Japan.
Ritz does not lack showing her vulnerability throughout the entire film and even though the presence of her ex-flame Job does provide her some comfort and strength, she still slowly starts to crumble when she starts having terrifying encounters with the ghosts in the house where she and Job are staying. Joseph Marco, who plays Job, plays it cool and collected until he eventually starts to believe in the presence of ghosts in the house.
Miles Ocampo, who plays a Saga university student interning for their company, is a welcome presence in the film, and her bright and upbeat personality makes a mark in every scene she is in.
In the story written and directed by Easy Ferrer, elements of both Pinoy and Japanese horror are evident, blended together to create an even more terrifying combination. Watch The Missing if you are looking for a fun and entertaining watch where the scare factor is high and backdrop of one of Japan’s most scenic cities is on constant display.
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