A cinematic masterpiece by director Mario O’Hara, Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (Three Godless Years), is one of the few Filipino films that tackled the US-Japanese war in an intelligent, non-clichéd manner.
The film’s plot focuses on Rosario, a school teacher who suffered a tragic and bitter experience during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Engaged to an anti-Japanese guerrilla, she was raped by a Japanese Imperial Army Officer. She bore his child and tried to exact the ultimate revenge, but only to fall for the Japanese officer, earning the wrath of the townspeople.
The film explores the conflicts, prejudices and the humane tragedy experienced by many Filipinos during World War 2. Film critics say leading actress Nora Aunor gave one of her most memorable screen performances in this 1976 film. The film also gave Aunor several major acting awards and was the Philippines’ official entry to many foreign film festivals.
Long live Philippine cinema!