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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
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 »
City After Dark brilliantly intertwined different personalities living in the reality of poor living conditions. Orestes Ojeda is a playboy who flirts with Lorna Tolentino, a waitress; Alma Moreno, a nurse and Bernardo Bernardo, a gay shop owner. Bernardo, on the other hand, has a thing going with William Martinez, who in turn has a college girlfriend, Gina Alajar and a sauna attendant, the blind Rio Locsin. Locsin is the lover of drug pusher Cherie Gil, to whom William's gang gets their drug. Chariot Solis is William's mom who unknowingly supports her son's drug use.
Ishmael Bernal masterfully brought different colorful characters, giving them equal exposure, developing their stories and even adding some side stories like the restaurant owner, Maya Valdez and Rio's boyfriend who was cheated by his recruiter. Harsh realities all.
The only minus I could see here is that the dubbed voices are not their own (William, some of Cherie and some of Gina). Otherwise, it's still entertaining to watch and even 30 years after, it's still relevant.
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