On this, the 7th and last day of our theme this week, I give you “Temptation Island” which is the most popular Filipino movie that had a beauty pageant at the core of its plot. The original, directed by the late Joey Gosiengfiao and released back in 1980, was actually interesting because it starred a number of actual beauty queens (Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1977 Jennifer Cortez, Miss Maja Pilipinas Bambi Arambulo and Azenith Briones) and immediately achieved cult-classic status that encouraged a 2011 remake from Director Chris Martinez and casted popular stars (Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe and Solenn Heussaff) instead.
Watch the original and click on the trailer of the remake. Tell me which one floats your boat better. 😉
The first video is the full version of the original released in 1980.
courtesy of Oriana Romy
Below is the trailer of the 2011 remake of the original cult classic of a movie
Before the much-awaited remake of Temptation Island hits the multiplexes next month, why not watch the original cult classic which inspired the new version? The quartet characters of Azenith Briones, Dina Bonnevie, Jennifer Cortez and Bambi Arambulo will be given fresh takes by new leads Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe and Solenn Heussaff, respectively. What’s more the latter will have names made famous by past Joey Gosienfiao movies such as Christina, Virginia P., Pura and Serafina. The four will share the screen with leading men Aljur Abrenica, Tom Rodriguez, Mikael Daez (who took over the role originally meant for Paulo Avelino after the latter contracted pneumonia just before the shoot in Ilocos Norte), John “Sweet” Lapus and Rufa Mae Quinto. Director Chris Martinez is pressured to measure up to the campiness of the original, while injecting modern concepts to the same. I wonder how the giant friend chicken and ice cream cone will be shown because those are integral parts during the desert scenes when everyone is starting to freak out due to hunger.
I’m really hyped up for the remake, just as the others who grew up relishing the first in their younger years. Watch now! 😉
video courtesy of 6988kid
Just to whet your appetite even more, here are some photos (courtesy of cast member Rufa Mae Quinto by way of Starmometer.com and Kapuso Central) from the shooting of the Temptation Island remake in Paoay, Ilocos Norte:
The cast of the Temptation Island remake in between takes while enduring the scorching heat of the desert in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
The three gorgeous hunks of the Temptation Island remake - (l-r) Tom Rodriguez, Mikael Daez and Aljur Abrenica - in between takes.
(l-r) Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff and Rufa Mae Quinto taking a break from the shoot while lounging in their makeshift tents in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
(l-r) Lovi Poe, Rufa Mae Quinto, Solenn Heussaff and Tom Rodriguez shooting a scene in the middle of the desert.
The ladies enduring sudden desert storms while in the middle of shooting.
(l-r) Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista and Aljur Abrenica in between takes.
Rufa Mae Quinto, Lovi Poe and Marian Rivera waiting for their takes.
Temptation Island (1980) by Regal Films is a cult classic. Whenever people ask me what my guilty pleasure of a Pinoy flick is, this one always comes out on top. And why not? It’s a campy, funny and altogether delightful movie about beauty queens stranded on a deserted island. Add to that the presence of three sexy men in the mix plus one loud-mouth gay pageant socialite & a dumb maid and voila! This Joey Gosiengfiao-directed film was such a joy to watch over and over again.
The original cast included Dina Bonnevie (as Dina Espinola), Jennifer Cortez (as Suzanne Reyes), Bambi Arambulo (as Bambi Belisario), Azenith Briones (as Azenith Tobias), Deborah Sun (as the maid Maria), Ricky Belmonte (as Ricardo), Alfie Anido (as Umberto), Domingo Sabado (as Umberto) and Jonas Sebastian (as Joshua, the pageant chaperone).
Memorable parts I can distinctly remember were a fantasy scene in the high sands where the ladies were shown licking a gigantic ice cream cone to cool off the heat and a cannibalistic sequence where they had to eat the flesh of a dead companion to survive.
Let me help you reminisce a bit about the original Temptation Island via this video:
video courtesy of purrfani
Marian Rivera is picked to head the cast of the Temptation Island remake.
This year, Regal Entertainment has decided that it’s high time for a remake of Temptation Island and I sincerely hope that they come up with an equally entertaining version that can even eclipse the original.
So far, the names circulating in the grapevine to be part of the cast are Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe and Solenn Heussaff (for the roles of the beauty queens), Pokwang (for the role of the maid), Jake Cuenca and Aljur Abrenica (for the roles of Alfredo and Umberto, respectively) and John Lapus (for the Joshua role). I’m still unsure as to who might play the Ricky Belmonte part, but Zoren Legaspi would be a good choice for the same.
Now if I had to do some matches for the 4 leading ladies, Marian should do Azenith. Heart should do Dina. Lovi should do Suzanne, with Solenn for Bambi. Wouldn’t that be just perfect?
If you were a teener during the 80s, you will definitely be familiar with Temptation Island. Otherwise, believe me when I say that this should be a very interesting remake if done right. 😉
It all started with her participation in GMA-7’s Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown. She was a relative unknown (aside from being tagged as the ex of actor Derek Ramsay and a one-time host of Party Pilipinas) when the reality program started airing months ago. She gradually increased her popularity meter as each week passed. By the time she made it to the Live Finale and the Top 3, Solenn Heussaff is already a household name who is being romantically linked to actor Richard Gutierrez. She may have not won the P3M top prize (Akihiro Sato did), but she is definitely reaping a lot more than that (including the host).
Solenn is now a true-blue Regal baby after she was signed by Mother Lily Monteverde for a multi-picture deal, including one of the lead roles in the remake of the 80s cult classic “Temptation Island.” She is also well on her way to becoming a recording artist when MCA Universal signed her up for a recording deal that should put into full use her beautiful vocals (a blend of jazzy and laid-back sound that sounds so relaxing). On TV, she is now being co-managed (with her original manager Leo Dominguez) by GMA Artist Center and will become one of the leading ladies in the nth resurgence of Captain Barbell. And if that’s not enough, she will star with Richard Gutierrez (again) in a Valentine’s Day trilogy flick. And all throughout, she claims that the two of them are just good friends hanging out (not for long, I reckon).
Now you would think that she has her hands full. Well, think again. She is also an artist. She paints. During the lull before the culmination of Survivor Philippines, she continued with her art works while promoting the show around the Philippines. If memory serves me right, she is finalizing details for her first art exhibit in a month or two.
Let’s hope she can equally juggle all things, maintain a gorgeous face and whistle-bait figure and keep her feet on the ground when her rise to fame becomes inevitable by 2011.
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