On the Job: The Missing 8: Sprawling, Gripping Thriller About Filipino Corruption

On the Job: The Missing 8: Sprawling, Gripping Thriller About Filipino Corruption

An act of political suppression forces an ex-journalist to reassess his morals in Erik Matti’s intricate thriller.

On the Job: The Missing 8
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Erik Matti’s three-and-a-half-hour thriller, On the Job: The Missing 8, is the prolific Filipino director’s Venice-competing sequel to the 2013 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title On the Job.

It describes the intensely corrupt landscape of a society under strongman leadership (Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s name is never mentioned, but it refers to his suppressive tactics).

The focus is on one man’s painful ethical reawakening. This man is Sisoy Salas (played in a moving performance by John Arcillo) a local celebrity in the municipality of La Paz.

On his brash radio talk show, he is known for defending even the most suspect policies of La Paz’ Machievellian mayor Pedring Eusebio (Dante Rivero).