BUYBUST and That Thing Called Tadhana, Philippine movies showing on Netflix



Hi,  RenxKyoko here !  ( waves)


Well, there’s so much stuff swirling inside my head that I don’t know how and where to start . …but, start I must… or else, hiatus, eh? … that’s how it is with me nowadays.


OK, I’ll start with Philippine movies. .


I’ve been watching Philippine movies on Netflix ( to learn the language ) .. I think I’m getting better, but I still need to watch them with English subtitles.  The last one that I watched was “That Thing Called Tadhana. ” Tadhana means Fate. It’s about a girl who’s heartbroken, and meets the male lead at the airport in Italy and both are flying back to the Philippines.   The story is slow, but it fits the mood. Acting is very natural, and dialogue is mundane but very humorous. The male lead’s acting  is Napoleon Dynamite-ish, but I’m sure it’s intentional. It makes their bonding and kinship funnier.   All I can say is WOW ! Loved it !



I highly recommend this to lovers of romantic comedies.  It’s such a refreshing change from  cringe-worthy  over-acting , unrealistic  ( with really stupid plotlines ) Korean romcoms. So, if you’re a Filipino lover of Kdramas,  please note that you have  gems in your own backyard. <—– This is a social commentary.

The other movie that I watched was BuyBust … this is about  big time drug dealing gone wrong. It’s extremely gritty, and the mood and atmosphere don’t feel Asian at all… for some reason. It feels like I’m watching a confrontation between cops and Latino gangsters somewhere in New York or east LA. ( forgive me for being politically incorrect and for stereotyping, but  the actors do all look like Latinos, both  the drug dealers and PDEA ( Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency)  agents.

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Back to BuyBust …..  I watched the movie with my parents. They say it’s a bit Hollywoodish,  because nothing of this sort will ever happen in the Philippines. Bad men, when trapped, just  surrender like innocent sheep, and never fight back.  This movie ,however, looks like an apocalyptic massacre. There’s a free-for-all fight between the cops and drug dealers’ sympathizers.  I mean , the whole squatters’ area’s residents are the drug dealer’s army. Wtf !  It’s unrealistic, and implausible in the Philipppines.  Overall, though, the acting is good.  Highly recommended. Also… ahem… *cough*… all my  Filipino friends say I resemble  Anne Curtis, the female lead in BuyBust.  They’ve sworn by this  this since long ago, and it’s only in this movie that I’ve finally taken a good look at her.  Hmmm….  Yeah, I can see a resemblance.  He he…      Oh, wait, I’m being politically incorrect again, haha.  In the Philippines, people don’t call them slums or squatters areas anymore. They are now called ” depressed areas” and the residents are not called squatters, but “illegal settlers”. Illegal settlers, hmmm…. I don’t know if that makes their situation better.


Anyway,  if you have Netflix, ( I assume everybody has Netflix, right ?  ) , I highly recommend these two movies.


Alright, this is all for now.  Bye bye, see you later. Muaaah !



40 responses to this post.

  1. I haven’t seen both HAHAHA. I tried to watch That Thing…..long time back when it was so trending but as you said, the start was quite slow and I just stopped watching.

    Buy Bust also, they said is good for a Pinoy movie. HAHA And Anne is surprisingly good in this movie, they said.


    • It’s actually the “slowness” that I find very charming.. Angelica Panganiban is fantastic here, and so is de Guzman. Watch it again, Aysabaw. No wonder so many Filipinos appreciated the movie when it first came out. ( Psst, tell me if they get together at the end of the story.. I’m a bit confused and unsure of the ending… okay? Ha ha )

      About Anne Curtis… BuyBust is my 3rd Anne Curtis movie . Her acting is also very good in those movies. I think she’s really a good actress, Aysabaw.. *whisper* Do I really resemble her ? So many have told me that ( friends and relatives living in the Philippines and a Filipino friend here in the US) . I don’t think so, but it’s only in BuyBust that I finally notice the resemblance. The problem is, Anne Curtis is dirty here, her face is so messed up… in other words, I look like the dirty, ugly Anne Curtis…hahahahaha !


  2. That Thing Called Tadhana is probably my personal favorite romcom. Brings back so much joy, love, and pain. Hahaha.


  3. I enjoyed That Thing Called Tadhana, the characters were likeable but I was disappointed by Buy Bust. It felt like it was trying to be The Raid but nowhere near as successful, the political subtlety was laughable too. Metro Manila is a really good film, not sure if Netflix is regional or not but it worth checking out.


    • BuyBust is a bit Hollywoodish, in my opinion. I also watched Birdshot, which I think is better than BuyBust. They say On the Job is good too… I watched and read some reviews of MetroManila, and they were all very positive. I’m not going to watch it though after watching Birdshot and BuyBust. It’s too much for me to take in. By the way, Birdshot won the Tokyo International Film Festival… it was also the country’s entry to Cannes festival, didn’t win , also submitted it to Oscar’s international film category, didn’t make it, either. . ( Or was it On the Job, not sure. ) Instead of watching MetroManila, I opted to watch some stupid Filipino romantic comedies, ha ha ha… Bride for Rent, one of those loveteam movies, and another one, No Other Woman. …. all in one week.


      • Dear Ms. Iglesias please have a change of heart,Birdshot the ending explains it all and BuyBust is trying to be Raid very true. But please watch Metro Manila, if you are familiar with Maynila,Sa Kuku ng Liwanag. Both of them have some identical elements. For me it is like an adventure type movie that tells the story of what a responsible father will do to provide for his family. Sorry for my not so well crafted English though. Pasenxia, but please give it a shot.


        • Raid fights are too choreagraphed in my opinion… BuyBust ‘s is raw and chaotic , but that’s actually what happens. At first, I thought the plotline and “scenery were made -up….. then I saw “Baseco Compund on YouTube…. It looks almost exactly like the shanty colony in BuyBust. ……After watching BuyBust, I couldn’t watch Birdshot and Metro-Manila anymore. It’s just to depressing to me.

          Birdshot was second in a row of F


    • Ste J, did the main leads in That Thing Called Tadhana get together at the end????? It looks like they did???


      • I have no idea but I do hear rumour of a sequel which could be interesting. Crissy always puts PBO on and I watch stuff like Bridesmaids and such, she finds it funny how I guess at the dialogue. I enjoy watching them as cheesy B-movies. I will check out Birdshot definitely. Goyo was a really enjoyable sequel to Heneral Luna, need to mention that whilst I remember.


        • I didn’t like Heneral Luna. Tons of scenes are very silly , and inappropriate. It’s a serious movie interspersed with comedic scenes. I dropped it.


          • It was a strange mixture, the sequel Goyo is a different affair, it keeps it serious but still has the heart. It is an big improvement.


        • I rewatched the ending of That Thing…. I’m now 99% sure they got together, or if not, it’s a foregone conclusion.


  4. Having seen Philippine movies yet. One day. (When I want to learn Tagalog)


  5. Haven’t. Seen.


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  7. “Buy Bust.” Sounds like my kind of movie. I’ll have to check my Netflix. Have a wonderful day, Renxkyoko.


  8. I do have Netflix and I have watched Korean dramas. “Love in the Moonlight” springs to mind as I really enjoyed it, and some of the characters were richly comical. However I will try and look at these as , what I call “World cinema” is one of my keen interests apart from staring our of the window and worrying about the world we live in. Always lovely to read your posts 🙂


  9. I was watching My Love From the Star. The Filipino version and it took me two episodes to realize that!!😂
    I was wondering why Cheon song -yi (Korean character)was speaking such great English and why she was now being called Steffi Chavez! Wow did I have my dunce cap on!!!
    I love Filipino dramas!
    I began watching Wild flower. I also watched Legal Wife!
    I started to notice a pattern with the tv shows. A lot of mistresses


    • I notice that , too. Filipino dramas tackle cheating … Rebecca, do you have Netflix ? Also, from where the heck do you watch these Filipino dramas ?


      • Yes I have Netflix.
        I watch on YouTube. KissAsian. Putlocker. Tfc tv app
        Since my laptop crashed thanks to an antivirus update I can only watch shows on my iPad mini lol


        • So you have Netflix now. That’s great. Well, That Thing Called Tadhana is on Netflix. There are some cute ” idol” movies, like The Ex and Whys. I also like The Unmarried Wife and a horror movie titled Sukob.

          Where I can I find KissAsian ?


          • Asian horror movies freak me out so bad. I can’t handle them! I love horror movies but I’m a big baby when it comes to that 😂😂


            • Oh, same here ! I’m always scared , but for some reason….. Rebecca, I sleeps with lights on . Ha ha !

            • The only time I slept with the lights on was after I watched the Grudge! For 3 days I slept with them on!
              I had been sleeping in the living room because it had been comfiest but after the Grudge I had to move back into my room, sleep with lights on. 😂😂

            • The Japanese original is 3x scarier.

    • By the way, yo can watch That Thing Called Tadhana on YouTube.


  10. Wow..good to know you are learning Tagalog.
    I heard ‘ Maria’ of Christine Reyes is good too. I think its if the same genre at Buybust’s. It’s on Netflix too

    Tama, medyo hawig mo si Anne. A little.


    • My vocabulary is still limited, though, but it’s so much better now than 10years ago ( and I still need to watch the movies with subtitles. Ha ha.. ”

      I ‘d watched Maria and it was good… but for some reason , I like BuyBust more… Though good, Maria is too cliché … I mean , what’s with the women’s outfits, ha ha.. They’re like Bond girls. I don’t know why they need to look gorgeous and sexy to kill people, and in high heels, too. Ha ha


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