Bahag Kings

  • 74'
  • Philippines
  • 2006
It looks like a joke that has got out of hand, a kind of contest: who dares walk the street wearing only a G-string? G-string Kings is indeed a cheerful and cheeky film, in the spirit of the other work by this most cheerful, cheekiest and certainly most productive of Filipino film makers, but it is not just a silly joke. Seven sturdy mature men dressed in no more than the bahag, the traditional string with loincloth as worn by the original inhabitants of the Philippines. It couldn't be more Filipino, so why should Filipinos get upset about it? Yet the cheerful procession is regarded as a provocation of good taste and even of good order. The film is a feature, made in the idiom of the silent film, but shot spontaneously on the street, like a documentary. The men go out into the world as kings: King Black, King Red, King Blue, King Yellow, King Green, King Purple and King Orange - seven rainbow kings (bahag-hari) with their ethnic G-string (bahag). They travel in a jolting van from the natural forests to the urban jungle. The Bahag Kings, descendants of noble rulers but also of village idiots, search all over for wala (nothing). In the end, they, along with the film maker, are arrested by the police. What was once traditional costume turns out to have become obscene. (GjZ)
Director
Khavn
Premiere
World première
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2006
Festival Edition
IFFR 2006
Length
74'
Medium
DV cam NTSC
International title
G-string Kings
Languages
English, Filipino
Producers
Filmless Films, Khavn, Chits Jimenez
Sales
Filmless Films
Screenplay
Khavn
Cinematography
Bahag Kings
Editor
Lawrence S. Ang
Sound Design
Tengal D
Music
Khavn, LC De Leon, Arvie Bartolome, Eat Tea, Radioactive Sago Pr
Cast
Roxlee, Khavn