Oro, Plata, Mata is one of the best films directed by Peque Gallaga. It is considered as one of the films that most likely to be a masterpiece in the Philippines.
It tells the story of a family who is scared to be involved in the war and decided to go to the woods in which they have created huts and rooms for their family but as the longer they stay there the nearer they get to danger.
In three movements and periods, the film traces the deterioration of two hacendero families from Negros, the Ojedas and the Lorenzos, during World War II. The \"Oro\" section paints the life of comfort and luxury of the Negros aristocrats before the war and the puppy love between Trining Ojeda (CHERIE GIL) and Miguel Lorenzo (JOEL TORRE). The \"Plata\" section presents their life during the Japanese Occupation when the Ojedas take refuge with the Lorenzos in the latter\'s provincial hacienda. With two friends, Jo Russell (MITCH VALDEZ) and Viring (LORLI VILLANUEVA), they pursue a life of mahjong sessions to combat boredom. In the \"Mata\" section, the two families move further into the forest and are victimized by bandits. Miguel \"grows up\" and becomes an almost manic killer while Trining joins the bandits.
Acting and directing were superb and originally the movie's running time was 5 hours so they are a lot of scenes cut to shorten it. I would recommend this film to people starting to appreciate Asian or Filipino movies from the 80's because it is a landmark in film making history.