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Metro Manila (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 20 September 2013 (UK)
Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling... See full summary »

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Cast

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Douglas Ong
Althea Vega ...
Mai Ramirez
Erin Panlilio ...
Angel Ramirez
Iasha Aceio ...
Baby Ramirez
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Charlie (as Angelina Kanapi)
JM Rodriguez ...
Alfred Santos
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Dora Ong
Moises Magisa ...
Buddha (as Moises Mag Isa)
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JJ
Mario Visto ...
Banaue Rice Traders
Daniel Magisa ...
Conman #1 (as Danny Mag Isa)
Ray Aragon ...
Conman #2
Jervie Cajarop ...
Police Officer
Jhay Castillo ...
Slum Housing Officer
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Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar Ramirez catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life. The movie portrays how far a man can go for his family.

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Desperate men take desperate measures.

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Crime | Drama

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Metrópole Manila  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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Metro Manila returned to 12 UK cinemas on 28th November 2013 for a one off screening to raise money for the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that had hit the Philippines and killed close to 6000 people. 12 screens were donated by VUE cinemas and raised a total of £3540 for the DEC charity. Its British director, Sean Ellis said: "The people of the Philippines were tremendously supportive during the making of Metro Manila, and it's only right that we should now use the film to raise money to help the victims of this terrible disaster." See more »

Goofs

The license plate of Oscar and Ong's security truck keeps changing throughout the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anthropoid Press Conference (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ebben... Ne andro lontana
Performed by Maria Callas
Performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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a shocking first impression of an unfamiliar city
6 August 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This film is without doubt a thriller, although the action scenes are kept to a minimum in terms of length (they do remain quite violent).

But what's shocking about it is that it's for most people the first time they're actually going to see or hear about Manila, and in this case they'll be seeing it from the bottom looking up. This film paints a rather dark picture, but a picture worth seeing: the developing world isn't a bed of roses, and things like violence and corruption do make up the everyday lives of its poorer inhabitants.

Therefore, this story is a story of struggle, and is definitively worth seeing, if only to get away from the postcard image that we may have seen of the Philippines.


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