5 KC Concepcion films to get you hyped up for ‘Asian Persuasion’
KC Concepcion fans, rejoice! After a longish creative hiatus, the Filipino actress, artist, jeweler, and humanitarian is making a silver screen comeback with romantic comedy film “Asian Persuasion” slated for Philippine release in November.
Concepcion plays Avery Chua in the Tony and Grammy winner Jhett Tolentino-directed movie. Starring alongside Dante Basco as her ex-husband, the film tackles the aftermath of a messy divorce. Think Basco plotting to “rematch” his wife to avoid paying alimony.
“Asian Persuasion” boasts a diverse Asian casting, deviating from the Hollywood trope of pinning all representation on East Asians.
In anticipation of its release, here are five KC Concepcion movies to get you acquainted with her acting caliber.
“For the First Time” (2008)
Set in picturesque Santorini, Greece, this Star Cinema film follows playboy Seth played by Richard Gutierrez and an ambitious Sophia played by KC Concepcion. The Joyce Bernal-directed movie drags on in Manila after Seth runs away.
There, their romantic conflict only intensifies as their families intervene. Concepcion won Princess of Philippine Movies and TV at the GMMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards for her portrayal in this movie.
“When I Met You” (2009)
Gutierrez and Concepcion once again find themselves as onscreen lovers in a romantic comedy directed by Joel Lamangan. This time, she plays Jenny, a hopeless romantic promodizer who falls in love with Benjie, a pilot. True to their budding “sweet escape”-type of love stories then, the two take off to Palawan but are met by an accident that tests their relationship.
“I’ll Be There” (2010)
The Maryo J. de los Reyes drama stars Concepcion alongside her real-life father Gabby Concepcion and Filipino heartthrob Jericho Rosales. Playing a role close to her real life as a New York-based designer, she returns to the Philippines after her mother’s death.
In the province, she tries her hardest to rekindle her relationship with her absent father while also dealing with the financial backlash of a troubled relationship. It is on the farm that she meets Tommy, played by Rosales, a childhood friend.
“Forever and a Day” (2011)
In her short career as a leading lady, Concepcion worked with the country’s top leading men. For this Cathy Garcia-Molina project, she was paired with Sam Milby, a recovering workaholic trying to find solace in Bukidnon. Concepcion’s character Raffy helps Milby’s Eugene rediscover his spark for life by traveling around the province and trying out new adventures.
He inadvertently falls in love with her but she refuses his affection as a reluctant woman who thinks she’s undeserving of love. She earned a Best Actress nomination at the 30th Luna Awards for her portrayal.
“Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story” (2013)
Her last project before her showbiz hiatus is an action biopic by Chito S. Roño starring Jeorge Estregan in the titular role as a newly freed notorious 1960s gang leader. Concepcion played Marla “Marla Dy” De Guzman, who harbored the same vendetta against Porcuna’s rival ring leader.
The official entry to the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival earned Concepcion Movie Actress of the Year at the 30th PMPC Star Awards for Movies and Best Actress at the 62nd FAMAS Awards.