Instant Mommy. That’s the title of Eugene Domingo’s independently produced film that is showing in theaters now.
When you hear Eugene Domingo, fondly referred to by her colleagues in the movie and TV industry as Uge, instantly comedy comes to mind.
Yes, Instant Mommy is a comedy. The title itself already reeks of funny situation, it being a pun on the popular food fare “instant mami,” the easy-to-cook noodle in either cups or packets found in supermarket.
But, of course, the movie isn’t much about noodles as it is about a woman, played by Domingo, who is desperately trying to hold on to her Japanese lover, played by Yuki Matsuzaki, a Japanese actor who works in Hollywood.
Domingo is Bechayda, a wardrobe assistant in TV commercials. She pretends to be pregnant as a way to keep her Japanese lover.
So, why is this film has a Japanese actor playing opposite Domingo?
According to Joji Alonso, when I Do Bidoo Bidoo, a musical and another movie starring Domingo, was screened in Osaka, Japan, she mentioned that she might do another movie with the comedienne with a Japanese actor. From then, the Japanese press she talked to and the festival organizers had suggested names.
“I googled each name, and with Yuki Matsuzaki, everyone of us, including writer Chris Martinez and director Leo Abaya, was impressed with his portfolio,” she said.
Domingo said that when she saw Matsuzaki’s bio on the net, she was stunned. And why not?
Matsuzaki, although born and raised in Miyazaki in the southern part of Japan, moved to Los Angeles, California to work as an actor.
Lucky for this Asian, he was cast in A-1 projects including the Oscar-nominated Letters from Iwo Jima in which he played the character Nozaki, and The Pink Panther 2 as Kenji and Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides as Garheng.
The choice was made right after a consensus was arrived. It would be Matsuzaki who would play Kaoru, Bechayda’s Japanese lover.
“When I got the offer to shoot a film in the Philippines, I didn’t have any doubt I wanted to do it,” said Matsuzaki at the press conference of Instant Mommy at Cocoon Hotel in Quezon City. “I told my agent I wanted to come to Manila, and please make sure my schedule is free on those days.”
Actually, Matsuzaki is not stranger to this part of the world. “I had been here before,” he revealed.” I spent some time here with a friend. I like the city and when I got this offer, it was an opportunity for me to see it again.
Alonso said she would take Matsuzaki to Misibis Bay in Albay, a few days before he returns to Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, whatever happened between Domingo and Matsuzaki, both said they were all in the interest of the movie.
Would Matsuzaki want to make another movie in the Philippines? The actor, as anyone would, said, “If there is an offer, why not?”