Global film streaming giant Netflix recently added the hard-hitting Filipino action flick Maria to its line-up. Maria was produced by Viva Films, BlackOps Studios Asia and PsyOps and distributed by Viva, a Viva Communications, Inc. company.
The action film is topbilled by television and movie star Cristine Reyes. For the first time in her career, she plays a strong, powerful woman in an action film. Excited over the opportunity to do something different, Cristine did her own action scenes and emerged sensational.
Maria is directed by Pedring Lopez, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Yz Carbonell and Rex Lopez. Lopez was initially known for his work in editing and special effects and in directing music videos before moving to features. He was behind the horror film Binhi and the thriller Nilalang. Lopez was named Best Director at the Los Angeles Philippine Film Festival and at the Festival Internacional de Cine Fantastico de Torremolinos for the latter.
In Maria, Lopez showcases females in physically demanding action scenes. He also features the use of traditional Filipino martial arts. With Maria, Lopez hopes to show the global audience that Filipinos can do entertaining action movies.
Maria tells the story of a woman with a dark, violent pass. The seemingly perfect wife and mother Maria is actually Lily, a former cartel assassin. With her family and herself as the target of a take no prisoners retaliation, Maria is instantly forced to hark back to her former life to save her family.
Maria also stars Ivan Padilla, KC Montero, Guji Lorenzana, Jennifer Lee, Andrea del Rosario, Cindy Miranda, Freddie Webb, and Ronnie Lazaro.
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