Director Perci Intalan shares his insights on what why this romantic fantasy is a must-see.
With the upcoming nationwide release of his Regal Films Valentine offering, director Perci Intalan said there are many good reasons to watch his quirky lighthearted tale about a spoiled rich girl who turns into a mermaid overnight.
1. Everyone can relate to the story
“Yung core ng story niya is about love and looking for that fairy tale romance. The core is that everyone is looking for a fairy tale romance and a happy ever after and I guess that is what is relatable about it is that we all dream that a love story na ganun ka-simple that we see in animated movies, yung ganun ka-two-dimensional almost. And this one is somewhere there, sa gitna almost and nangyari sa kuwentong ito.”
2. The cast is both talented and dedicated
“I’m blessed kasi this is a good project. Nabigyan talaga ng chance na ma-visualize yung vision from the film, wala kaming na-compromise dun. Ang cast pa na nabigay sa akin is very committed. Si Janella Salvador especially napakahaba ng training at ang tagal ng shoot namin tapos yung energy na binibigay din ng cast na it. Si Kiray pag 3 am hindi pa rin na-lo-lowbatt (laughs). It was a really good experience and I was really happy na yung performance ng cast were exactly the way na na-envision ko for the film.”
3. It’s a mermaid film with a twist
“Dahil sa dami ng naging mermaid films and TV shows, nagkaroon kami ng opportunity na puwede na namin baliin yung lore. Kasi ang dami ng rules na alam ng tao like true love’s kiss and at saka ini-expect mo na may kaharian ng mga sirena, may mga kontrabida sirena. So lahat yun kumbaga lahat yun kaya na namin baliin at laruin. It was fun kasi we got to play around with the material.”
4. It’s an authentic Pinoy fairy tale
“Hindi siya copied, inspired siya by other stories, aminin ko that much. If we talk about the Little Mermaid and mermaid stories from before, andun yung inspiration. Pero yung kuwento mismo medyo iba na siya. I think it’s really made for this generation of viewers. Hindi siya pang-1990s, this is a different time kaya medyo mas skeptical, mas jaded ang mga tao ngayon kaya it takes a bit more. Mas feisty na yung mga bida, hindi na sila meek and mild and yung lead character nga ng kuwento natin is a spoiled brat.“