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Beauty Queens, Manly Men, and A Big Old Queen in A Forgotten Filipino Camp Classic

Author: gonzaga ext from Philippines and United States
1 September 2006

"Temptation Island" is easily one of the funniest, wittiest Filipino films I've seen. Filipino humor, in film at least, automatically means slapstick so to see witty humor by itself is a big deal, much less one done well. Dina Bonnevie, Azenith Briones, and Bambi Arambulo deliciously play catfighting beauty queens ultimately ending up fighting for their survival in, oh yes, baby … Temptation Island! Don't ask how the heck beauty queens end up in a deserted island, just enjoy this deliberately silly early 80's film featuring a very young Dina Bonnevie, still very much active in Philippine cinema and approaching icon status, and her future "love team" partner the late Alfie Anido. The hilarious crowd is completed by two studly studs, including the late Filipino male sex symbol Ricky Belmonte, a highly stereotypical tragicomic screaming queen, and the Filipino film staple, the oppressed house maid (played by actress Debraliz?). Directed by gay fixture Joey Gosiengfiao, the film is definitely not without its faults but it's fun while it lasts. No DVD copies exist as far as I know so good luck finding a decent VHS copy.

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cult camp classic

Author: pmaligaya from Manila, Philippines
9 September 2003

Temptation Island is hands-down the most hilarious Filipino film ever made, and that's a compliment. Sadly, like most Filipino films made before the '90s, it is not available on video, and can be seen only on cable every now and then. When it's on, watch it!

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one of the campiest Filipino films!

Author: cognac_77 from Philippines
29 November 2005

i caught it on late- night cable and thought it was utterly hilarious! i was in stitches from the beginning up to the very end of it. one of the campiest, most hilarious Filipino movies i've ever seen. it's "Lord of the Flies" with beauty queens, giant fried chickens, electric fans and plenty of toilet humor. the jokes were ahead of its time. and the acting was so bad, it's almost good! i definitely recommend "Temptation Island" to people who get a kick out of classic smörgåsbord flicks. watch it for its brand of twisted humor, the cheap special effects and the appalling performances of the four lead actresses in the movie. hope they'd also release a DVD.

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