Some of the cast members of upcoming film Nelia wowed the Korean community in a gathering held last night at the Manila-Korea Town at Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila. Among the attendees were leaders in the Korean community in Manila, including Consul General Kyu Hu Lee of the Korean Embassy, Chairman Jae Jung Jang of the Manila-Korea Town Association, Chairman Jae Heung Byun of the United Korean Community in the Philippines, some of the members of the Korean Culture Center, Korean Sports Association in the Philippines, and Peaceful Unification Advisory Council – South East Asia. The event was held to officially launch the Manila K-Town Cha Cha Cha Fest.
Ali Forbes, Shido Roxas, and Juan Carlos Galano impressed the audience with their song numbers and provided entertainment. It was a delight for the Korean community to see seasoned actor Raymond Bagatsing as one the. guests. Bagatsing was once a part of a Filipino film that made it to the Busan International Film Festival in Korea in 2012.
According to the community, there is a huge chance that Nelia will have its Korean adaptation given its theme and genre. Nelia is a daring suspense thriller that can be likened to South Korean hits like The Housemaid and Parasite. Parasite, in fact, is the first Korean film that won Best Picture at the Oscars. Korean film production companies and producers have reportedly gotten in touch with Nelia producer Atty. Aldwin Alegre to possily make an adaptation.
Atty. Alegre shared his pride and joy, “We’re really very happy dahil hindi pa man naipapalabas ang aming pelikula ay napakaganda na ng reception na ibinibigay ng mga tao sa aming pelikula, lalo na sa Korean community. We look up to a lot of Korean films, at para maihalintulad nila ang Nelia ay isang malaking karangalan para sa amin. Ito lang ang natatanging suspense thriller genre na nakapasok sa MMFF this year, kaya excited din kaming ihandog ito sa mga Pilipinong manonood dahil mabibigyan namin sila ng kakaibigang putahe, kumbaga, ngayong darating na Pasko.”
The lawyer-producer also confirmed the talks for adaptation and spilled the beans, “Yes, may dalawa nang lumapit sa aming producers from Korea at gusto nga nilang gawan ng remake ang Nelia. Meron ding kumontak sa amin nito lang isang araw na production company rin from Los Angeles, California, na interesado sa Nelia for possible distribution naman sa US.”
Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 Winwyn Marquez topbills Nelia as nurse Nelia. The film made it as an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival 2021. MMFF 2021 films will be shown in selected cinemas nationwide starting December 25.