Raymond Bagatsing's portrayal of Quezon in his later years is undoubtedly stellar. Quezon's magnanimity as President as shown in his presence in parties, games, and speeches, as well as his seriousness at work while in Malacañan Palace and in conversations with other officials, and more importantly his mere human-ness when he's with his family or by himself, were captured on point by the veteran actor. Likewise, Rachel Alejandro's portrayal of the beloved First Lady was a mix of regalness and humility.
Rachel shared which scene was the most striking for her, "There’s a point there that they will receive news from the US Government that the visas for the refugees they requested were denied," she said."There’s this quiet scene, where they were looking over the names of thousands of Jews they're trying to rescue and cutting it down into just a handful because they only have about 200 visas available. That was such a formidable scene and will send chills down your spine. Yet it's simply just a group of men sharing a heavy load."
Perhaps what helped to best capture the actors' impressive portrayals was the 1930s cool sepia undertone of the film's cinematography. Not only does it give the film's location a beautiful rendering of the period but the actors' profound lines and on-cue silent stares as well. The cinematography evokes peace in this certain time in Manila with a sense of foreboding from the Second World War.
The film reminds of Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List which showed a German industrialist and insider in the Nazi Party, Oskar Schindler, and his laborious attempt to rescue Jews by hiring them in his factories. However, the Rosens claim that Quezon's Game sheds a different light on the Holocaust.
"The difference between Schindler's List and Quezon's Game is that the former studies the horrors of war and you feel broken about humanity when you leave the theatre, while the latter is about hope and the humaneness of the Filipino people. When you watch Quezon's Game, you'll feel proud as a Filipino," Matthew explained.