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First Hollywood-produced Fil-Am movie highlights Filipino culture

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Stand-up comedy sensation Jo Koy stars as a man returning home for an Easter celebration with his riotous, bickering, eating, drinking, laughing, loving family, in this love letter to his Filipino-American community.

(From left) Eugene Cordero, Jo Koy, and Lou Diamond Philips in ‘Easter Sunday’

Easter Sunday features an all-star Fil-Am comedic cast who have made a name for themselves globally including Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire), Tony nominee Eva Noblezada (Broadway’s Hadestown), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World films), Lydia Gaston (Broadway’s The King and I), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place), Rodney To (Parks and Recreation), Brandon Wardell (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and stand-up comedian Joey Guila.

World boxing icon and Philippines’ pride, Manny Pacquiao for his part has shown support for the film and uploaded a photo of the movie’s poster on his Instagram page, to quote, “Support tayo mga kababayan” using the hashtag #PinoyPride.

Tia Carrere (left) and Lydia Gaston

A showcase of Filipino excellence on the global stage and bringing the Filipino culture to a worldwide audience, Easter Sunday, from DreamWorks Pictures, is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, The Dukes of Hazzard, I Love You, Man), from a script by Ken Cheng (Sin City Saints) and Kate Angelo (Sex Tape), based on a story by Cheng.

The film is produced by Rideback’s blockbuster producers Dan Lin (The Lego movie franchise, It franchise) and Jonathan Eirich (Aladdin, The Two Popes), and is executive produced by Nick Reynolds, Joe Meloche, Jo Koy, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Ken Cheng, and Seth William Meier.

(From left) Rodney To, Joey Guila, Jo Koy, and Eugene Cordero pitch in to show Filipino culture in the film

From Universal Pictures International, Easter Sunday is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

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