AMO is a Filipino crime drama TV series. It airs on Netflix. It is directed by one of the most famous Philippines directors, Brillante Mendoza. He won the Best Director award at the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival. The award was given to him for his 2009 film ‘Kinatay’. AMO is written by Troy Espiritu. The plot of the show follows a drug peddling high school student. He finds himself in the midst of the brutal crackdown on drugs.
The show has been a controversial one. But fans have enjoyed it nevertheless. Here’s everything you need to know about a potential second season of AMO, including the release date, cast, plot, and more.
Will there be a season 2 of AMO?
AMO is a pretty recent show. It has seen only one 13-episode season air. The show premiered on April 21, 2018. As far as the renewal of the show is concerned, AMO has been renewed for season 2. That’s right, the makers have officially confirmed the second season. Though there has been a bit of a controversy, it’s a rather fun show to be cancelled. Read on to know the release date.
Who’s going to be featured in the season 2 cast of AMO?
We expect the return of the entire cast for season 2. Though the official star cast list isn’t out, here’s who you may expect:
- Vince Rillon and Derek Ramsay,
- Joseph Molina and Rodrigo Macaraeg,
- Allen Dizon as Camilo Molina,
- Rhea Jai Fernandez as Cristina/Pilar,
- Felix Roco as Bino Campos,
- Ruby Ruiz as Myrna Molina,
- JC Tan as Edgar,
- Aldrico Padilla as Tisoy,
- Elijah Filamor as Kupal,
- RJ Gratuito as Kiko,
- Adrianna So as Michelle, and
- Nikko Delos Santos as Chekwa.
Established in the backdrop of the lasting crackdown on drugs in the Philippines, season 1 is gruesome. It revolves around Joseph. He’s a high school student in the drug running business. He’s got a corrupt uncle in the police. While Joseph gapes to broaden his drug running undertaking, he has to argue with his corrupt uncle, Camilo. Camilo leads a dual life working as part of a mob. Joseph, meanwhile, has his own double-life with his drug labor. He has run-ins with the constitution. He has to swerve to family members to assist him to enclose his trails. Thus, keep the police from hunting him down.
In this backdrop, much of the criticism levelled at ‘AMO’ has been about its plausible glorified description of the state campaign against drugs. For instance, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine told TIME, “Anyone familiar with the Duterte drug war will find little in ‘AMO”s 13 episodes that corresponds to the reality of the state-backed campaign of unlawful killings that has killed more than 12,000 Filipinos since July 2016. Several sequences in ‘AMO’ appear to be deliberate efforts to reinforce the government’s willfully deceptive counter-narrative to scrupulously documented human rights abuses linked to the anti-drug campaign.”
Apart from such criticism, further controversy has erupted over director Mendoza’s vocal support of the war on drugs in the Philippines – in 2018, the 57-year-old had told AFP, “Yes, it [the drug war] is necessary for the Philippines — not only for the Philippines but also other countries afflicted with the drug problem. The reason why I did this is so people can see the other side of the coin.”
The Release Date
The official release date isn’t revealed so far. Stay connected with us for more updates! The debut of Amo was scheduled for August 25, 2017, on TV5. The cooperation between American cable sports television network ESPN and TV5, announced in October 2017 to become ESPN5 (now known as One Sports) forced the event to be postponed owing to other sporting events. Additionally, it was one of the select few television shows invited to screen at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Later, a deal was reached between TV5 and Netflix, and on April 9, 2018, the latter began streaming Amo to a global audience. At the time, Amo was the only Filipino television program that Netflix was distributing. However, Amo was broadcast on 5 (The 5 Network) from April 21 until July 14, 2018—nearly a year after it aired.