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Angela Markado (1980)

A waitress is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by five men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.


Lino Brocka


Jose F. Lacaba (screenplay), Carlo J. Caparas (based on novel)
2 wins. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilda Koronel ... Angela
Johnny Delgado Johnny Delgado ... Barry
Celia Rodriguez ... Rona
Rez Cortez ... Delio
Ruel Vernal Ruel Vernal ... Oscar
Tonio Gutierrez Tonio Gutierrez ... Bren
Dave Brodett Dave Brodett ... Melchor
Raul Aragon Raul Aragon ... Celso (as Raoul Aragonn)
Estrella Kuenzler ... Angela's Mother
Gamay Arkoncel Gamay Arkoncel ... Monica
Ely Roque Ely Roque
Archi Adamos ... Reporter (as Archie Adamos)
Greg Sta. Inez Greg Sta. Inez ... Vero (as Greg Sta. Ines)
Marilyn Villaruz Marilyn Villaruz ... Melchor's Girlfriend
Beth Mondragon Beth Mondragon


Angela Delmar (Hilda Koronel) works as a waitress for one of the seedier bars in Manila. There she meets five patrons of the bar, who also turn out to be a gang specializing in drugging and raping girls and later on selling them to prostitution. Angela is the only one tending to her mother, a laundrywoman who stopped working due to tuberculosis. One night, she gets kidnapped, raped, and kept for five days by the five men. The men tattoo their names on the back of Angela, before selling her to a brothel. Angela escapes, and is taken in by a kindly hostess (Celia Rodriguez). However, upon returning to her home, she discovers her mother has died, her best friend has also been raped by the same five men and later on committed suicide. From then on, she makes it her life's mission to kill the five men by wearing wigs and costumes, and stalking the men with a handy switchblade. Written by Gay Filipino Soldier

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Crime | Drama | Thriller



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7 November 1980 (Philippines) See more »

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rape and sweet revenge in the 80's
24 February 2014 | by Sirfaro11See all my reviews

Angela ( Hilda Koronel) works in a restaurant and cares for her sick mother when a group of thugs kidnapped her and raped her. She went through humiliating treatment in the hands of her tormentors before she was sold to white slavery. Lucky for Angela, she had a chance to escape when a raid happened in the "casa" ( house where the girls are kept). She tried to move on, not telling anybody why she disappeared for a week. Her mother died, apparently from exhaustion, and she kept mum about what happened to her, even to her friend. One night, her friend came running to her and claimed she was also raped by the same gang. Her friend didn't report to the police out of shame. Angela, now alone in life, went to live with her other friend who worked in a club. She started concocting revenge when she found a knife and some (ridiculous)disguises that she could use. Her revenge isn't without a hitch. Her second victim (Ruel Vernal, Koronel's tormentor also in Insiang) for example, did not die at once. The suspense builds up until the finale. Although the story is familiar ( is this based on a foreign movie?), the Filipino angle of "shame" ( nakakahiya) is played here. Unlike I Spit on Your Grave, which has almost the same storyline; Angela Merkado takes her revenge in the urban setting. But the same sweet revenge satisfies, as our protagonist go after her rapist one by one. Who could blame her? Indeed, Brocka as a director succeeds again in portraying a woman scorned, and knows how to get even.

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