The Search for Weng Weng

Director: Andrew Leavold Run Time: 88 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2007 Language: English, Tagalog

Starring: Andrew Leavold, Roy Arabejo, Tikoy Aguiluz, Tilman Baumgaertel, Weng Weng

One filmmakers quest to uncover the secrets behind the Philippines’ 2 ft. 9 James Bond, Weng Weng. Director Andrew Leavold will be in attendance for a Q&A!

Some of the most bizarre filmmaking from the 1970’s and 80’s came out of the Philippines. Under the thumb of an oppressive regime, the country¬†became an unexpected hotspot for exploitation film makers out to make blood-and-guts skin flicks for dirt cheap prices. Though the scene often featured B-movie heavies like Pam Grier or Dick Miller, the boom’s breakout star¬†was mysterious pint-sized action star named Weng Weng. The 2 ft. 9 James Bond died in 1993, but his legacy became emblematic of the country’s post-colonial struggle with censorship and strife, which lead an American video store owner on a crazed quest to uncover the secrts of Weng Weng’s life.

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