Batch ’81. 1982. Philippines. Directed by Mike de Leon. Screenplay by Mike de Leon, Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr., Raquel Villavicencio. With Mark Gil, Sandy Andolong, Ward Luarca. DCP. In Tagalog; English subtitles. 108 min.
The sadomasochistic initiation rituals of a college fraternity become a metaphor for the Philippines of Ferdinand Marcos in Mike de Leon’s unflinching study of the joys of submission. Digital restoration curated by Asian Film Archive at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.