Sdaff Review: Death of Nintendo is a Filipino Coming-of-Age Story with Sweet Spots of Subversion

Sdaff Review: Death of Nintendo is a Filipino Coming-of-Age Story with Sweet Spots of Subversion
Coming-of-age narratives live or die based on the authenticity of their vision, especially those that take place in the not-so-distant past. Since the genre’s basic construct is ubiquitous, the devil always lies in the details. Time period, language, cultural and social artifacts; each of these factors help recreate a certain moment that may (or may not) inspire bouts of nostalgia in those viewers who lived through the era being depicted.

With its good-hearted nature, American pop music cues, and candy-colored vision of early 1990s Philippines, Death of Nintendo will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who grew up playing Super Mario Brothers and wearing Reebok Pumps. Written and produced by Valerie Castillo Martinez, Death of Nintendo merges both western and Filipino influences in its depiction of young love, jealousy, and rivalry. The overlap even produces tensions directly related to class and gender.

Directed with a light hand by indie stalwart Raya Martin,
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