Over the years
- since 1950 - seven different actresses played Darna on the big screen
(plus a few others brought the character to television). But Vilma
Santos portrayed the Filipino superhero more than anybody else; she
was Darna four times between 1970-1979. And this film is considered
the best of the batch.
Narda is a pretty,
humble girl who dreams of peace and brotherhood for all humanity.
Her prayers are answered when receives (and swallows) a magic stone
from the Heavens, allowing her to transform into a scantily-clad superhero
named Darna, ready to challenge any evil in the world. Obviously,
she can also take aim at any out-of-the-world threat as well. Enter
the Planet Women. Arriving in a flying saucer, this clan of beauteous,
multi-colored female aliens have come to Earth to literally suck the
minds of brilliant scientists [odd that they've chosen a village in
the Philippines as ground zero]. The ultimate goal of these women
is to use the newly acquired knowledge in a plot to create a master
race that will rule the universe. Of course, Darna cannot allow this
popularity as Darna, she was replaced by Anjanette Abayari for a superhero
re-boot called DARNA
RETURNS: DARNA VS SNAKE GIRL in 1994.
A Filipino film with optional ON/OFF English subtitles;
uncut (102 min)
widescreen format, DVDs encoded for ALL REGION NTSC,
playable on any American DVD machine.