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Summary of Rizal Movie

The film started with a scene showing Rizal writing a letter. The letter contains his thoughts that the Philippines faced a serious condition and that it is
afflict by the Spanish supremacy over our country.

A Catholic priest rapes a Filipina and beats a child for alleged stealing. Crisostomo Ibarra, Rizal's friend, have two personalities because of the
deteriorate problem in our country. Rizal had published books such as the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibustirismo, as his weapons against the sovereignty of
spain in our country.

In 1895, the two novels became an inspiration over the " Katipunan" or the "Sons of the people ". The Katipunan together with their leader, Andres
Bonifacio, tear their cedulas that symbolizes to end all their ties with Sapin and unity with revolution. The member of mans Roman Catholic have
discovered such revolution. They torture José Rizal's brother Paciano. They want to know what is the role of his brother in the rebellion.

In 1896, at Rizal's Residence, Tondo, Manila. The family is packing to leave. Paciano arrives home after his torture sessions. In November 1896, at Fort
Santiago, Manila. The order is given to bring in José Rizal. His interrogator tells Rizal that he knows that Rizal knows Bonifacio, founder of the Katipunan.
They know he met Bonifacio at a secret assembly at Doroteo Ongjunco's place. Rizal is accused of being a traitor like Padre Burgos. After all, Rizal had
dedicated his last book to him: "For the priests Francisco Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora."

And then the scene goes flashback...

José Rizal says that his brother Paciano was the one to open his eyes to the injustices in the Philippines. Father Burgos has been sentenced to death
together with other priests such as Father Gomez and Father Zamora (GOMBURZA). Paciano had known Father Burgos and had witnessed his execution as
well as those of the others.

In 1869, at Calamba, Laguna. As a youngster, José Rizal is called Pepe. His mom is falsely arrested for attempting to poison her sister-in-law. She is
jailed for two years. The Rizal family had disputes with the friars for years and the clergy got their revenge by teaching the family a lesson. Pepe is sent to
school. His brother tells him not to use the family named of Mercado since the friars might hold it against him. Time goes by, pepe is praised at his school
for his work.

Back to 1896. While Jose Rizal wrote something, Luis Taviel de Andrade of the Spanish army arrives by the reason to be José Rizal's defense council.
He does not seem too pleased with his assignment. They talk about the things that needed to discuss.

And then Flashback...

1878. The University of Saint Thomas. The teacher has a Spanish student and a Philippine student stand before the class next to each other. He notes
the height difference between the superior Spanish and the inferior Philippine. José Rizal rises to say that if height is of so much importance then why are
so many of Spain's colonies gaining their independence from Spain. And the students began to laugh. The teacher responds with angry emotion:

Back to 1896. Rizal's novels are banned in the Philippines. With a knife, the character Crisostomo threatens to kill the local priest for turning on his father
and persecuting him. Maria Clara restrain it. Crisostomo was so angry by the reason that his father died in prison and then the priest had his body dug up
and thrown into the river. Crisostomo says that he has lost his wife, child and family.


Rizal speaks with his fellow students about Philippine independence. The Spanish students call them monkeys and a fight breaks out. Rizal is hit in the
head with a thrown rock. His Uncle Antonio bandages his wound. And called Leonor to took care of Rizal, her cousin . Then Leonor sits with him and
ended up on kissing.

Back to 1896. The defense counsel asks why he would leave his beloved Leonor to travel to Europe. His brother send him to Spain to study medicine,
but also to be free to write about the Philippines.

January 1891. Madrid. In the Philippine group of students, a call goes out for Del Pilar for President. José Rizal is disgusted with the choice since they
have almost opposite positions on independence. He decides to return to the Philippines and walks out of the meeting. July 1892. Manila. Formation of
the La Liga Filipina. The young Andres Bonifacio enthusiastically responds to the speech given by José Rizal. Rizal says that the friars planted banned
pamphlets in his luggage; he was arrested; and he was deported to the far-off island of Dapitan. And he meet the girl called ' Josephine'.
In August 1896, A Philippine revolt against the Spanish occurs. Rizal takes the position that it is useless to revolt at this time because it is like suicide
to face the overwhelming military might of the Spanish in the Philippines. Christmas. At a formal dinner, Monsignor Nozaleda tells his fellow diners that
Blanco is too friendly with Rizal. Later Blanco is absolutely shocked when he is introduced to the new Governor-General of the Philippines, Polavieja.

Ghent, Belgium. Rizal receives a letter from the Philippines. He is told of what happened in his home town of Calamba. Because the town dared to
protest against the friars' misuse of their land, the Spanish descended on the town and forced all the residents to evacuate. Rizal is extremely mad and
upset over the news and tried to burn out all the papers on his desk but he saw a letter from Leonor saying that her mother arranged a marriage for her
to an Englishman against her wishes. She does not even like the Englishman, much less want to marry him. Jose Rizal cried out.

Back to the present. The defense counsel tells Rizal that he thought the second novel to be very sad. The character of Ibarra was o.k., but in the
character Simoun there is no light -- his soul has been corrupted. Simoun turns to violence against the Spanish imperialists. He puts a bomb within a
lantern with a flickering light that will be detonated when a diner guest tries to adjust the flame. Simoun believes that reforms are useless and that blood
must be shed. (Violence is prevented when a young filippino throws the lantern out of the window where it explodes outside. The defense counsel asks
if Rizal is becoming Simoun: "You are using your novel to avenge yourself." In the novel Simoun is shot in the back while running to escape the soldiers
trying to capture him. The defense counsel is so adamant and opinionated that it appears as if he is "tripping".

December 26, 1896. The trial of Rizal begins. The point is made that since 1892 Rizal has deliberately made it known to one and all that he will not
longer discuss politics. He was on the desolated island of Diapan for four years. The prosecution claims that the rebel leader Bonifacio needed Rizal for
an uprising. The defense counters with the fact that when Dr. Valenzuela came to Diapan to get his support for the uprising, Rizal told him that it would
only be suicide and that he would not support any uprising at this time.


At Diapan, Josephine was a big help in Rizal's clinic on the island. Josephine becomes pregnant with Rizal's child, but the baby boy dies shortly after
birth and Rizal buries his son all alone.

December 1896. Rizal is given the death sentence. His counsel tells him that it was a mock trial. Rizal's mother begs the new Governor-General for
mercy, but he only says: "I'm sorry. Bonifacio wants to try to save Rizal, but Rizal's brother Paciano argues against it because it would be useless.In his jail
cell, Rizal has an inner debate with the character Simoun, who tells him that he wants Rizal to rewrite the ending of the novel: "Let the lamp explode"
among the Spanish diners.

December 30, 1986. It is the day of execution. Rizal is able to sneak out a final poem to his family. At the execution he has to turn his back to the firing
squad. His lasts words were the shout: "It is done!". Bonifacio and his Katipunan ambush some Spanish soldiers killing most of them. They also kill a
Spanish priest. The rebellion went ahead!

June 12, 1898. General Emilio Aquinaldo raised the Philippine flag for the first time and declared independence. A few years later, Dr. José Rizal was
declared the National Hero of the Republic of the Philippines.