“Citizen Jake” Release Date: Mike De Leon’s new film opens May 23
Mike De Leon’s new film, “Citizen Jake”, finally has a release date. Taking to the film’s official Facebook Page, Mr. De Leon expressed his hopes for the film’s release. He says: “My film may be fiction, but it is based on truths we ignore at our own risk. It should be seen by its audience in its original version, without cuts, and without compromise.
The film shadows disgruntled journalist Jake Herrera as he reluctantly involves himself to a string of murders of young prostitutes in the idyllic city of Baguio. It marks Mr. De Leon’s return to Philippine cinema after “Bayaning Third World,” which premiered eighteen years ago, and the acting debut of real-life reporter, Atom Araullo.
We’re among the lucky few to have seen the film during its premiere at the Cine Adarna, UPFI last March. Of the film, I’ve had this to say:
CITIZEN JAKE ('18, dir. Mike De Leon) – a tangy reminder that Mike De Leon is the coolest filmmaker we have. The film, for all its deviousness and exuberance, is Mike's greatest—ahem—"dab" yet, even if some of its parts don't quite hit the mark. A must-see!