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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charito Solis ...
Virgie
Alma Moreno ...
Adelina
Lorna Tolentino ...
Baby
Rio Locsin ...
Bea
Cherie Gil ...
Kano
Gina Alajar ...
Vanessa
Orestes Ojeda ...
Pebrero
William Martinez ...
Alex
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Manay Sharon
Johnny Wilson ...
Virgir's Husband
Jojo Santiago ...
Greggy Williams
Sharon Manabat ...
Gaying
Mitch Valdez ...
Marichu (as Maya Valdes)
Rolly Lapid
Rey Tomenes
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The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs and prostitution. The outstanding narrative explicitly unravels the various characters and episodes. This landmark film of Ishmael Bernal depicts the darkness of city life so vividly that it was once prohibited to use the word 'Manila' on its title. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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The Philippine board of censor banned the film after then First Lady Imelda Marcos objected the use of Manila in the title. Mrs. Marcos believed that using the name of the country's capital in the movie would give great shame to the country. The movie, the Philippines government claimed, exposed the seedy and dark side of Manila and its people. The producer was forced to change the title to City After Dark, and agreed to cut some disturbing scenes as demanded by the government. See more »

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18 January 2005 | by (SF, United States) – See all my reviews

I consider this as the BEST FILIPINO FILM ever produced. It tackled the lives of various people from different walks of life in a city full of beauty in the daytime but decadence at night. Touched virtually all possible issues prevalent during those times, from drug addiction, prostitution, homosexuality, and so forth. I lived in Manila for the first 24 years of my life and this film excellently portrayed the city. Real. Raw. Spectacular.

All of the actors delivered their parts impeccably. The direction by the great late Ishmael Bernal was nothing short of brilliant. This was regarded to be by critics as the best film he has ever directed (although he has directed other note-worthy films, such as Aunor's Himala, but he's best known for this marvelous flick). This cinematic masterpiece was also ranked in top ten lists as one of the best Filipino films ever created. Exceptional film-making!

10/10


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