A dark comedy with bite, Big Night takes the war on drugs in the Philippines and exposes it for its farcical, corrupting madness. Following Dharna (Christian Bables) as he tries to get his name removed from a drug death list, director Jun Robles Lana shows the wild madness of federal bureaucracy and small village conflicts. The further Dharna goes into the city’s underworld, the wilder it gets, as he tackles everyone from bureaucrats, actors, morticians, and gangsters. Throughout the hilarious dialogue, the film never loses its creeping dark cloud, building to a crushing payoff that solidifies its greatness. Big Night is an insane thrill ride for anyone looking for an evening of lurid entertainment.
You can read my review of the film during the NYAFF here.