“A remarkable documentary about Philippines cinema history… do not miss Andrew Leavold’s The Search for Weng Weng.” – Senses of Cinema
Back in the ’80s, Filipino cinema was ruled by one name: Weng Weng. An 83cm–tall martial artist with a flair for film, Weng Weng became the biggest movie star in the Philippines after taking on the literally ball-busting role of Agent 00 in an ultra-schlocky James Bond rip-off called For Your Height Only.
When Brisbane-based cinephile and filmmaker Andrew Leavold (founder of Brisbane’s legendary, much lamented Trash Video) first encountered this inexplicable cinematic phenomenon, he knew he couldn’t rest until he found out what had happened to the world’s tiniest secret agent. Seven years in the making, The Search for Weng Weng is a fascinating portrait of the Filipino film industry, in all its glorious strangeness and excess, as well as a funny and heart-warming tribute to the larger-than-life hero who overcame all obstacles to capture a nation’s heart.