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Abandoned by his American lover, a handsome teenager from the mountains journeys to Manila in an effort to support his family. With a popular call boy as his mentor, Paul enters the glittering world of male strippers, prostitution, drugs, sexual slavery, police corruption and murder. Teeming with sex and Asian beefcake, Macho Dancer is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and police corruption rampant under both the Marcos and Aquino regimes. Written by Strand releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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More on sex and short on plot.
13 September 1999 | by (Manila,Philippines) – See all my reviews

This is one of Brocka's later works that didn't received wide theatrical release because of its controversial subject matter (the other is "Les Insoumis"). And it deserves to be: a poor man (Alan Paule) finds luck as a macho dancer in the city, befriends another dancer (Daniel Fernando, in an award-winning role), then succumbs to danger after having confronted a local police (Johnny Vicar, giving the film's best performance). Graphic sex dominates the movie's first half, which makes this a video sensation. But a better plot should have been written for this otherwise predictable movie. Shades of Paul Verhoeven's "Showgirls" can be found also. And I do agree with the IMDb rating.


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