The Korean movie Miracle in Cell No. 7 by Lee Hwan-kyung was such a big hit. If you’re wondering why, the film’s portrayal of the love between a father and daughter had people on board for the ride. It wasn’t long after that adaptation from different countries started popping up. Director Nuel Naval was one of the many who made a localized version of the movie to make it more relatable for the Filipino audience. To no one’s surprise, Miracle in Cell No. 7 starring Aga Muhlach, Bela Padilla, and Xia Vigor was a hit among the locals earning a gross of PHP 475 million (~USD 9 million) during its release.
Aside from adding a local flair, the Filipino adaptation kept true to the original Korean movie. Aga Muhlach stars as Joselito “Lito” Gopez, a mentally challenged father with a child-like intellect. He lives with his daughter, Yesha, who is portrayed by Xia Vigor (child) and Bella Padilla (adult). In an unfortunate event, Lito gets accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Obviously, that's a recipe for disaster and by the end of the movie, you'll be bawling your eyes out. But don't let that discourage you from watching as there's more laughter than tears in Cell No. 7. If you haven't seen it yet, then you definitely should. Sadly, it's still not available online but don't worry, we'll update you once it is. In the meantime, why don’t you check out the best Filipino movies while waiting for Miracle in Cell No. 7.
Making a movie is not always smooth-sailing. Hurdles of problems pop up every now and then making the production tedious and prolonging the process. Despite being a remake, the Philippine version of Miracle in Cell No. 7 has had its fair share of problems. Did you know that Viva Films opted to construct a real jail? Wait. Seriously—a real jail? Yes, you’ve read that right! They created a real jail. Talk about dedication! Located in Cainta, Rizal, Philippines, the fully air-conditioned jail stage took two months to complete before the cast and crew could start filming. They couldn’t use any of the Philippines’ existing jails because all are overcrowded with inmates. Since about 70% of the movie was set in a cell, they sure did a good job here creating a safe and comfortable workplace for everyone.
The movie set was not the only problem the producers had to solve. It was initially reported that Aga Muhlach and Nadine Lustre will team up for the Miracle in Cell No. 7 remake. Unfortunately, Nadine “begged off the project due to medical concerns and her resulting inability to perform her duties as an actress during the shoot up to the promotion of the film.” Luckily, Bela Padilla had no qualms on being the second choice and was rather thankful for the opportunity claiming that she’s a big fan of Korean movies. Well, we know for sure that it worked out for the best as Miracle in Cell No. 7 raked success in the box office. If you've already seen this movie and are on the hunt for new movies to watch, you might want to check the best Korean movies before they get adapted locally. But if you’re interested in films that can make you ugly cry, head out to our list of the best emotional movies armed with boxes of tissues.
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