Martin Scorsese's Dark Comedy 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Opens January 15 in PH

Jan 12, 2014
Martin Scorsese's latest film that critics called as "furious", "stylish" and "remarkably filthy", 'The Wolf of Wall Street", vying for 2 Golden Globe nominations (including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical), will grace the Philippine cinemas starting January 15. Based on Jordan Belfort's memoir, the film is written by Terrence Winter and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie.
Set in the 1990s, an ambitious stockbroker Jordan Belfort founded brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont which functioned as a boiler room marketing penny stocks, where he defrauded investors with fraudulent stock sales. During his years as a stock swindler, Belfort developed a hard-partying lifestyle, which included a serious drug addiction to Quaaludes.
Stratton Oakmont employed over 1,000 stock brokers and was involved in stock issues totaling more than $1 billion, including an equity raising for footwear company Steve Madden Ltd. The notoriety of the firm, which was targeted by law enforcement officials in the late 1990s.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrayed Jordan Belfort in the movie, was obsessed taking such a disgraceful story to the silver screen. "My attitude with this movie was we were trying to depict a modern day Caligula and all the debauchery that comes with it.", DiCaprio says. "All the stuff that came with it was a fun process because there were really no limits to what we could do. Jordan’s biography depicted stuff that we could never imagine and Terry (Winter) captured it for the screenplay from the novel."
Despite the controversies it get, 'Wolf' is easily becoming the critics' favorite film of 2013. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised it, saying "Scorsese doesn't coddle. Wolf snarls and bites, but you won't forget for a second that you're in the hands of a master filmmaker...The laughs are merciless and nonstop, every one with a sting in its tail."
Opening across the Philippines starting January 15, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is available in two different formats: a slightly sanitized R-16 suitable edit, and a all-bared, recommended R-18 version with no cuts locally distributed by MVP Entertainment and Viva International Pictures.

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