Idol: Hero/Villain (Idol: Bida/Kontrabida)

Bayani S. Makapili is an ordinary guy who is a big fan of action movies, especially the ones starring Bida, the #1 action hero in the land. One fateful day, Bayani’s life imitates that of his idol, but with different results. Firstly, he is able to prevent a bank robbery but is regarded only as a spectator rather than as a hero. Then, his wife and son are massacred, but his revenge plan fails and he gets tortured by the gang of murderers. Then, the real Hero arrives, fresh from the television. Hero gets rid of the crooks and saves the day. Bayani volunteers to be Hero’s sidekick, determined to leave the memory of his dead family behind. Playing with the form of the action film and examining the culture of the action hero in Philippine film, “Idol” is an action-comedy-musical meta-movie. The audience is presented with five-and-a-half different endings, depending on Hero’s reply and its varying consequences – from being catapulted to a topsy-turvy universe where the forces of good and evil are reversed, to a gathering of Villains, Hero’s arch-enemies, that reaches the ultimate showdown.

  • Director: Khavn De La Cruz
  • Genre: Experimental
  • Rating: R21
  • Availability: library@esplanade
  • Accession No: 2007-D-0836
  • Subtitles: English
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Producer: Khavn De La Cruz
  • Language: Tagalog
  • Production Country: Philippines

Cast List:

  • Jologs, Robin Poe Lapid JR, Lakanbini Paraluman


  • Production Management/Assistant Director/Production Design, Casting, Choreography - Sigrid Bernardo
  • Opening Animation - Richie Geronia
  • Editing/Special Effects/Additional Animation - Gatla Gunawin
  • Screenplay/Cinematography/Music - Khavn


  • People - Murderers, Action Hero, Villians
  • Popular Culture - Action Movies
  • Art Forms - Filmmaking

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