DIREK Joey Javier Reyes is one of local showbiz's most prolific minds. The director of the Sharon Cuneta-Aga Muhlach starrer, "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana," makes sure he gives his best in anything he does.
And his genius is not just confined to directing for TV and in the movies. He has had the chance to do almost anything connected to filmmaking. He even has a book to his name.
Direk Joey will be at the helm of a soap which Lorna Tolentino and Christopher de Leon will topbill for GMA 7.
He recently compiled his essays - a number of which saw print in widely circulated newspapers and magazines - into a book. It's now selling like hotcakes.
Do you know that he is also into the making of bags, which he designs himself? He also makes accessories, most of which are for export.
"One time ba naman, may isang exporter na umu-order sa akin ng kung ilang dosenang bags at mga accessories. Nakaka-tempt talaga, since ang payment would be in dollars. Kaso nga, personalized ako kung gumawa. E, may deadline siya. I had to pass that up," he says with a sigh.
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Direk Joey is most proud of "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana."
He reveals that when the project was offered to him, he was inside his car. He almost fell off his seat.
"Tanong ko kay Olive Lamasan (a well-known and award-winning director herself and a Star Cinema top gun) totoo ba itong naririnig ko? I know naman kasi na any director would, wika nga, give his arm para lang mai-direk ang dalawa sa isang movie," he relates enthusiastically.
Individually, he has worked with Sharon and Aga. How was the experience?
"Twice the fun, twice the challenge ang naramdaman ko [now that I'm directing them together]," he replies. "A, basta, from start to finish, ang naisip ko ay to give my best. And I think everyone, including the moviegoers, will agree with me that this film is one of my best works."
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Sharon and Aga have seen the movie themselves. Both consider the movie a cinematic achievement. In its simplicity, you find a rare gem which only Joey Reyes can create.
The two stars share: "'Di ba known si Direk Joey for his snappy, at times, catty but, nevertheless, endearing dialogues? Well, dito sa 'Kung Ako Na Lang Sana,' nandoon ito!
"Parang 'di nga kami umaarte sa movie since all of the scenes ay nangyayari.
"Nagpapakita ang pelikula na true friends really count. And among friends, 'di puwedeng walang 'di magkaibigan. Una, dahil sa constant togetherness. Besides, there's only but a thin line between friendship and romance, 'di ba?"
Also starring in Star Cinema's "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana" are Cristine Bersola, Jennifer Sevilla, Do* * *
Joey Reyes has directed Sharon Cuneta and Aga Muhlach individually before. Sharon, in one of her best films ever, "Nang Iniwan Mo Ako"; Aga in "Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal," "May Minamahal," "Nag-iisang Bituin" and "Narinig Mo N B ang L8test."
He was driving his car when he got a call from Star Cinema that he'd direct the first teamup of Sharon and Aga, "Kung Ako Na Lang Sana." "I nearly fell off my seat. I said, are you kidding? And Olive Lamasan told me they're not. I'm really flattered that sa dinami-dami ng directors nila, they chose me, but it's also scary because there will be great pressure since first time nila together, so I took it as a great challenge, from the brainstorming sessions we had up to the last day of shooting. I now consider it a blessing dahil may purpose pala ang pagiging filmmaker ko because the film is something we all care about: friendship. And in these times when the country is so magulo, it is in our friends that we can find the comfort and balance we need."
Sharon and Aga play good friends from their 20's up to the present when they're nearing their 40's. Sharon is about to be an old maid while Aga is so happy with being single but they eventually realize that they are really meant for each other. The film is the movie debut of Tintin Bersola as Sharon's best friend and the comeback film of Mickey Ferriols as Aga's girlfriend. minic Ochoa, Shintaro Valdez, Patrick Guzman and Mickey Ferriols.