On the Job: The Missing 8

  • 208'
  • Philippines
  • 2021

Eight years on from his crime drama On the Job, filmmaker Erik Matti is back with another critique of corruption in the Philippines, that is at least as confrontational as the last. In the course of three-and-a-half hours, this follow-up shows how politicians, journalists and gangsters keep a depraved, merciless system going.

The strongly acted thriller starts with tensions within a media team. Journalist and radio host Sisoy is happy to do the rich mayor’s bidding, whilst editor-in-chief Arnel wants to take a critical stance against the political smokescreen. When many of the editorial team are suddenly murdered, last man standing Sisoy is forced into an act of resistance.

Matti spices up this main narrative with political power games during elections and prisoners being used as hired assassins – familiar themes from the last instalment. During the film’s best moments, its attractive retro atmosphere, accompanied by a great choice of music and beautifully stylised shots, is reminiscent of the work of Martin Scorsese.

Director
Erik Matti
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
208'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Filipino, English
Producers
Ronald "Dondon" Monteverde, Stacey Bascon, Enrique Henares, Joseph Caliro, Magdalene Ew, Clement Schwebig
Production Companies
Reality MM Studios, Globe Studios, HBO Asia
Sales
Reality MM Studios
Screenplay
Michiko Yamamoto
Cinematography
Neil Derrick Bion
Editor
Jay Halili
Production Design
Roma Regala, Michael Espanol
Sound Design
Corinne de San Jose
Music
Erwin Romulo
Cast
John Arcilla, Dennis Trillo, Dante Rivero, Lotlot De Leon, Joey Marquez, Christopher De Leon, Leo Martinez