THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
Directed by Andrew Leavold
Official Selection, 2014 Udine Far East Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival
Move over, James Bond. Agent 00 is reporting for duty! Standing at two feet, nine inches tall, this undercover operative is more than meets the eye. He’s got the gadgets, the girls, and the deadly martial arts skills. But who is the man behind the bowl cut? A pint-sized playboy, the embodiment of the Santo Niño, or a real-life secret agent? THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG skillfully untangles fact from fiction in its hunt for the enigmatic hero. As it turns out, the real story is more incredible and elusive than anyone’s wildest imagination.
Director Andrew Leavold’s peculiar obsession with the world’s smallest film star leads him on an unpredictable quest that unearths long-forgotten treasures from Philippine cinema’s pop culture graveyard. From a reinterpretation of the spaghetti western with comedic icon Dolphy, to stunt-filled action spoofs, Weng Weng blazed a trail so hot he left an impression on even the most notorious personalities. The undeniable duende he exuded thrilled and baffled international audiences at a time when Filipino cinema was barely on the map. Watching Weng Weng back in action on the big screen will spark nostalgia among old fans and mesmerize new documentary and cult film aficionados, giving Weng Weng another day in the spotlight. –Malou Amparo