14th May2014

Trailer and poster for ‘The Search for Weng Weng’

by Phil Wheat


Monster Pictures have released the brand new trailer and poster for Andrew Leavold’s feature documentary The Search for Weng Weng – Leavold’s obsessive quest to find out what happened to Weng Weng, the 2’9” kung-fu kicking ‘James Bond’ of Filipino cinema and one of his country’s biggest stars in the 1980’s.

Fresh from it’s success at Udine Film Festival this month, The Search for Weng Weng was shot over seven years in Manila. Leavold’s search plunged him into the history of Filipino ‘B’ movies and even took a surreal turn to land him at Imelda Marcos’ birthday party, as he tried to uncover what happened to the diminutive star, known also as ‘Agent 00’. The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival market on Tuesday 20th May, and has been selected for Sheffield Doc Fest next month.

Almost a decade ago Australian trash cinema aficionado Andrew Leavold set off to the Philippines to uncover the true story behind his cinema obsession, a 2 foot 9, Filipino James Bond, the enigmatic Weng Weng.

Over several visits to the Philippines, Leavold manages to piece together Weng Weng’s incredible story – packed with pathos, humour and tragedy, whilst at the same time lifting the lid on one of the most extraordinary and bizarre national cinema’s on the planet, this is an unforgettable expose of all that is great (and wrong) about the movie business.

With a cast full of eccentric characters, from directors, producers, actors, stuntmen to the outrageous Imelda Marcos herself, this is a remarkable journey deep into the eye of Asia’s B-cinema tiger!

Like us, you will come to love the man that history almost forgot, the amazing Weng Weng!


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