(Tagalog with English subtitles) Jess Huson has a dream-- like many other struggling Filipinos, he dreams of a better life for himself and his family in America. After he is rejected, Jess ... See full summary »

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Jess Huson
Johnny Delgado ...
Pepang
Rufa Mae Quinto ...
Mara
Paul Holmes ...
Nigel Adams (as Paul Holme)
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Noel Trinidad ...
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Isay Alvarez ...
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Robert Seña ...
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Kurt Perez ...
Jason
Evangeline Pascual ...
Jess' Mother
Dante Rivero ...
Mr. Nato
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Barangay Captain
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Estong
Eddie Gutierrez ...
Lex Halcon
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(Tagalog with English subtitles) Jess Huson has a dream-- like many other struggling Filipinos, he dreams of a better life for himself and his family in America. After he is rejected, Jess embarks on a comical adventure filled with crazy schemes and ludicrous plans that end up in hilarious train wrecks that can only happen, where else, in the Philippines. Written by Anonymous

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25 May 2005 (Philippines)  »

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Based on the Palanca Award winning script, titled Penitensya Republic, by Mark Meily. See more »

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Referenced in Game K N B: Episode dated 6 December 2006 (2006) See more »

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Ang Bisa Ng Visa
Written by Vincent de Jesus and Mark Meily
Performed by Isay Alvarez
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Perhaps the Best Filipino Film made so far
14 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Truly the best Filipino film in the history of Filipino Cinema. The film avoids any cliché and irritating romantic-comedy that seems to plague Filipino Film nowadays.

The story stars Robin Padilla as a cab driver desperately seeking a visa to come to the land of dreams. During the 'course of the movie, we are introduced to comical, refreshing characters such as an American TV personality, with a British accent, Robin Padilla's father, and the stunning Ruffa Mae Quinto.

Unlike some films which attempt to mimic American life, La Visa Loca immediately establishes that this is indeed the Phillipines, and that lives often depicted in Filipino film is unrealistic. The film deals with that notion of leaving the Philipines, a subject very relevant to the Philipines. The film then comments on pride of heritage, and the importance of staying and improving the Philipines, instead of high-tailing to America.

Besides it's moral and social ideals, the film is very funny and entertaining, Padilla perhaps in his best performance. The film proceeds with such an innocent charm with it's characters and events that is impossible to not get involved with their lives and feelings. Mark Meily does an incredible job of directing, churning out a commercial art-house film, a little reminiscent to French cinema, but that's okay.

Overall, a very comical and moving piece that should be placed among the must-see Filipino films, along with The Debut.


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