Gagamboy is a 2004 Filipino superhero comedy movie directed by Erik Matti and starring Vhong Navarro, Jay Manalo, and Aubrey Miles. The movie is a parody of Spider-Man, as both the main hero and villain gain their powers by eating radioactive bugs.
The movie follows Junie (Navarro), a mild-mannered ice cream vendor who accidentally swallows a spider that was exposed to a chemical leak at a pharmaceutical lab. He soon discovers that he has gained superhuman abilities such as enhanced strength, agility, and web-shooting. He adopts the alter ego of Gagamboy (Spiderboy) and uses his powers to fight crime and impress his crush Liana (Miles).
However, he also has to contend with his former friend Dodoy (Manalo), who also works as a security guard at the same lab. Dodoy eats a cockroach that was also affected by the chemical leak and becomes Ipisman (Roachman), a villain with similar powers to Gagamboy. Ipisman is jealous of Gagamboy's fame and popularity, and also covets Liana. He challenges Gagamboy to a final showdown to determine who is the better bug-powered superhero.
Gagamboy is a hilarious and action-packed movie that spoofs the superhero genre with a Filipino twist. The movie was well-received by critics and audiences alike, and was nominated for several awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival. The movie is available to watch online on Amazon Video[^1^], but there is no official Hindi dubbed version as of now.
The movie also features several supporting characters who add to the humor and drama of the story. There is Kapitan Gimo (Long Mejia), the barangay captain who is always suspicious of Junie's activities and tries to expose him as Gagamboy. There is Abner (Bearwin Meily), Junie's loyal friend and sidekick who helps him with his superhero gadgets and costumes. There is Ate Gloring (Rene Boy Facunla), a gay beautician who has a crush on Junie and often gives him advice on love and life. There is also Simeon (Benjamin Abelarde), a snatcher who becomes Gagamboy's first enemy and later his ally.
The movie also parodies several scenes and elements from other superhero and tokusatsu movies, such as Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Ultraman, Power Rangers, and Voltes V. Some of the scenes include Gagamboy's origin story, his first encounter with Ipisman, his rescue of Liana from a falling billboard, his fight with Ipisman's henchmen in a warehouse, his final battle with Ipisman in a rooftop, and his decision to keep his identity a secret from Liana.
Gagamboy is a fun and entertaining movie that showcases the Filipino sense of humor and creativity. The movie also delivers a message of courage, friendship, and responsibility. Gagamboy is not just a superhero, he is also a hero of the people.
The movie has received positive reviews from critics and audiences who praised its humor, parody, and social commentary. The movie was nominated for several awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Visual Effects. The movie also gained international recognition and was shown at various film festivals around the world, such as the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Neuchatel International Fantasy Film Festival, and the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
The movie has also become a cult classic among fans of superhero and tokusatsu movies, especially in China, where it is known as Spiderboy: The Revenge of Cockroachman. The movie has spawned several memes and fan arts on the internet, and has been compared to other low-budget superhero parodies such as Turkish Spider-Man and Indian Superman. The movie has also inspired a sequel, Gagamboy: Ang Pagbabalik (Spiderboy: The Return), which was released in 2007.
Gagamboy is a movie that proves that you don't need a big budget or a Hollywood studio to make a great superhero comedy. All you need is a good story, a talented cast and crew, and a lot of imagination and fun. Gagamboy is a movie that will make you laugh, cheer, and enjoy the Filipino spirit of creativity and adventure. a474f39169