After much anticipation, the continuation to Erik Matti’s award-winning crime thriller On The Job (#OTJonHBOGO) premieres globally and exclusively on HBO GO. The six-part limited series combines an extended version of Matti’s 2013 film, On The Job and its sequel On The Job: The Missing 8. Stream or download the first three episodes on Sunday, September 12, with new episodes premiering every subsequent Saturday.
Inspired by true events, the series centers around crime syndicates that temporarily release contracted prison inmates to carry out political assassinations for those in power. However, as it turns out, those crime syndicates are run by politicians themselves. Hitmen prisoners Tatang (Joel Torre), Daniel (Gerald Anderson), and Roman (Dennis Trillo) are occasionally released from jail in order to perform assassinations ordered by powerful mysterious clients. Meanwhile, law enforcers Joaquin (Joey Marquez) and Francis (Piolo Pascual), and journalists Sisoy (John Arcilla) and Arnel (Christopher De Leon) try to uncover the truth behind the killings and disappearances.
The series also puts a spotlight on the real-world issue of fake news and how easily the truth can be spun, manufactured, and disseminated to the public in an age where information spreads faster than ever.
The first two episodes of the series are screened as a film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival while the final four episodes will play like a film in Competition at the prestigious 78th Venice Film Festival.
Conceived and directed by Erik Matti, the series in English and Filipino is filmed in the Philippines, the series also stars Dante Rivero (Mayor Pedring Eusebio) and Lotlot De Leon (Weng).
Produced by Reality MM Studios and Globe Studios, ON THE JOB is written by Michiko Yamamoto and Erik Matti and executive produced by Ronald “Dondon” Monteverde, Erik Matti, Joe Caliro, and Quark Henares.
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Watch Erik Matti’s other HBO Asia Original production, FOOD LORE: ISLAND OF DREAMS on HBO GO. Fans of crime dramas will enjoy other HBO Asia Originals on HBO GO such as TRINITY OF SHADOWS, THE HEAD, THE WORLD BETWEEN US and MISS SHERLOCK. Erik Matti is also directing an episode of the HBO Asia Original series Folklore Season 2 which will premiere later this year.
Homestream image from Erik Matti’s Instagram account.