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The son of an abusive American father and a Filipina mother, Harry escapes to Manila with vengeance on his mind. After finding work as a Macho Dancer in the city's gay clubs, Harry creates ... See full summary »

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Rodel Velayo ...
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Leonardo Litton ...
James
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Betty
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Mario
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Aileen
Gino Ilustre ...
Michael
Nini Jacinto ...
Brenda
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Miong
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Odette
Tonio Ortigas ...
Leo
Ross Rival ...
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Frannie Zamora
Joseph Buncalan
Arthur Cassanova
Joey Galvez
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The son of an abusive American father and a Filipina mother, Harry escapes to Manila with vengeance on his mind. After finding work as a Macho Dancer in the city's gay clubs, Harry creates a nurturing circle of friends and finds the strength to confront the family he left behind. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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$6,225 (USA) (30 June 2000)

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$39,036 (USA) (9 February 2001)
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*** Not too bad
24 February 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

A movie in which both the boy and his girlfriend sell their bodies for money? Then we find out his mother does too? Wow! I'd love to see Americans try to fit these characters in a movie this side of the ocean. Truth be told, they couldn't, but Filipino director Mel Chionglo finds a lot of heart at the centre of this seemingly lurid story, his follow-up to the last "Macho dancer" film Midnight Dancer (it's funny, when I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the speakers kept referring to "Macho Dancer Film" as if it was an established genre). While this, the third installment in the series probes deeper depths of characters and the effects that dancing for money has on its main character, Midnight Dancer had a much better storyline and invigorating pace. The story follows teenager Harry who comes to Manila from Olongapo to find his American father who he'd escaped as a child when he was beating Harry and his mother senseless and pimping them off to friends for money. To survive in the big city, Harry dances at a gay club, temporarily losing sight of his goal in his devotion to his work, but accomplishing it nonetheless. It drags on a bit, but it's not a bad film at all.


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