The Streets of Manila (action-thriller)
The Streets of Manila By Alan Nafzger
I am a professor of political science at a small college in Texas.
I was so inspired by the press conference where President Duterte threatened the lives of Mexican cartel leaders, I’ve written a 109-page action-thriller screenplay. The working title is, “Streets of Manila.” I’m currently seeking an action-savvy Filipino producer.
MOVIE PLOT – The Streets of Manila
In the script, the president’s PSG guards are decimated in an initial attack, and in a fluid life-and-death situation, he must flee the scene in a jeepney. From here, it’s essentially a chase movie. He manages to escape in the jeepney with a drug addict, a motorcycle cop, a celebrity female comedian, and a bar girl. All the characters contribute to defending him from the assassins as they struggle to return to the palace.
Also, I read an article on the internet (The Demise of Philippine Action Films) about how action movies filmed in Manila used to be hugely popular and the very best in the world, until the plots became repetitive and showed less and less depth. I would like to bring back the tradition and make Manila THE place to film action-thrillers.
The film would be the most ambitious project filmed in Mania since Metro Manila in 2013. There will be thrilling motorcycle chases, spectacular car wrecks, plenty of gunfights, and narco-terrorist explosions, seductions, and an epic fistfight at the end. And the protagonist is a 75-year-old Filipino President, who resembles Duterte. The character’s name is “President Santos.”
Before releasing this summary, or the script, to anyone, I sent a copy to PCOO chief Martin Andanar and spokesperson Harry Roque for their approval. After careful consideration, the President’s communication staff responded that they are “not opposed” to the script as it’s currently worded. I asked for critique and corrections and the office had none.
Film funding has always been difficult in Manila and now it’s even more complicated by the epidemic, but American film financier Ron Richards (Founder at Digital Armada Inc.) feels finding investors for this project won’t be a problem. He told me, “Any investor or filmmaker if they know anything about politics, should be beating the door down to be a part of this.”
And, Mr Richards does have a point. President Duterte has 81% to 71% approval ratings; no leader in the world can match that. Frankly, he is the most likeable person on the planet. I hate to take advantage of his popularity, but any novice filmmaker must realize that he draws a lot of interest. People want to see him, know him better. They want to know if his “bravado” is real. I believe I answer that in the script. As soon as the epidemic is over, I expect huge financial returns from this movie and full theatres.
I grew up in North Texas on a dairy farm. He attended colleges in my home state until entering University-Collge (Dublin, Ireland) to earn my PhD in political science. Since 1991, I’ve been a professor of government at El Centro College in Dallas.
I have has previously penned feature films for the U.S., Japanese and Russian markets. I am the creator of the Izmailovo Hotel TV series in Russia.
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OTHER QUOTES BY ALAN NAFZGER – The Streets of Manil
“I’ve followed Chinese aggression in the South China Sea since I was there in 2016. I genuinely feel for the fishermen who are losing their livelihood. And I’ve followed the news carefully, but what has sparked my imagination recently has been President Duterte’s war of words with the Mexican drug cartels.”
“It’s not a documentary; its fiction and I’m asking the question what would Rodrigo Duterte do if surrounded and in a difficult and dangerous situation. Would he lay down and die or would he fight? Of course, if you know anything about him, you will know he’ll fight. He might be the most popular man on Earth, but I have the feeling he’s probably also the bravest.”
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OTHER SCRIPTS AVAILABLE
- Seas the Day– A group of Filipino fishermen breaks into the most secure location in Hong Kong to steal back what was taken from them – the location of Yamashita’s gold.
- The Chinese Pope– The Hong Kong is named the Pope by the Vatican, when he is imprisoned by the Communist Chinese.
- Yamashita’s Wedding– A conman and a notorious liar manages to film four films and Yamashita’s wedding during the Battle of Manila. (Filipino Writers Award, 2019)
- Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas– Filipina attack helicopter pilot rises to the rank of admiral.
- Sea and Sky– A Filipino tribe of young surfers adopt an older woman with Alzheimer’s.
- Streets of Manila– When a Mexican cartel sends an elite squad of hitmen to Manila, the President of the Philippines fights back!
- Permanent Girlfriend– The first Covid-19 Quarantine romantic comedy.
- The Fisherman’s Wife– A Filipino must deal with the reality that his wife is becoming famous.
- The West Philippine Sea– A transgender woman is treated harshly but when her fishing boat is sunk she must choose to save the crew or let them drown.
Manila (/məˈnɪlə/ mə-NIH-lə, Spanish: [ma’nila]; Filipino: Maynila, pronounced [majˈnilaʔ]), officially the City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila, locally [luŋˈsod nɐŋ majˈnilaʔ]), is the capital of the Philippines, and its second most populous city. It is highly urbanized and as of 2019 was the world’s most densely populated city proper. It was the first chartered city in the country, designated as such by the Philippine Commission Act 183 of July 31, 1901. It became autonomous with the passage of Republic Act No. 409, “The Revised Charter of the City of Manila,” on June 18, 1949. Manila, Mexico City, and Madrid are considered the world’s original set of global cities because Manila’s commercial networks were the first to extend across the Pacific Ocean and connect Asia with the Spanish Americas. When this was accomplished, it marked the first time in world history that an uninterrupted chain of trade routes circling the planet had been established. Manila is the second most natural-disaster-afflicted capital city in the world after Tokyo. Nevertheless, it is among the most populous and fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia.
The Spanish city of Manila was founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. This is regarded as the city’s official founding date; however, a Tagalog-fortified polity called Maynilà had already existed on the site, dating back as far as 1258. It is the name of this old polity from which the Spanish and English name Manila derives. After the defeat of the polity’s last indigenous Rajah, Sulayman III, in the Battle of Bangkusay, a fortified Spanish city called Intramuros was built directly on top of the site of old Maynilà. Manila was the seat of power for most of the country’s colonial rulers. Today, it is home to many historic sites, some of which were built during the 16th century. Many of the Philippines’ “firsts” are in Manila, including the first university (1590), light station (1642), lighthouse tower (1846), water system (1878), hotel (1889), electricity (1895), oceanarium (1913), stock exchange (1927), flyover (1930s), zoo (1959), pedestrian underpass (1960), science high school (1963), city-run university (1965), city-run hospital (1969), and rapid transit system (1984) – also considered to be the first rapid transit system in all of Southeast Asia).
The term “Manila” is commonly used to refer to the whole metropolitan area, the greater metropolitan area or the city proper. The officially defined metropolitan area, called Metro Manila, the “capital region” of the Philippines, also includes the much larger Quezon City and the Makati Central Business District. It is the most populous region in the country, one of the most populous urban areas in the world, and is one of the wealthiest regions in Southeast Asia. The city proper was home to 1,846,513 people in 2020,  and is the historic core of a built-up area that extends well beyond its administrative limits. With 71,263 people per square kilometer, Manila is the most densely populated city proper in the world.
Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, on the island of Luzon. The Pasig River flows through the middle of the city, dividing it into the north and south sections. The city comprises 16 administrative districts: Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, Quiapo, Sampaloc, San Andres, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa and Tondo. It is divided into six political districts for the purposes of its representation in the Congress of the Philippines and the election of city council members. In 2018, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network listed Manila as an “Alpha-” global city and ranked it seventh in economic performance globally and second regionally (behind Delhi, India in the latter case), while the Global Financial Centres Index ranks Manila 79th in the world.
Action Thriller is a genre of fiction, having numerous, often overlapping subgenres. Thrillers are characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety. Successful examples of thrillers are the films of Alfred Hitchcock.
Thrillers generally keep the audience on the “edge of their seats” as the plot builds towards a climax. The cover-up of important information is a common element. Literary devices such as red herrings, plot twists, unreliable narrators, and cliffhangers are used extensively. A thriller is often a villain-driven plot, whereby they present obstacles that the protagonist must overcome.