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Mga pusang gala (2005)

When the Stray Cats entered the scene in the 80s, rockabilly was hot. Grease quiffs and tattoos were the outside badges; upright drums and bass the characteristic instruments. Includes two ... See full summary »

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Boyet
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Reggie Curley ...
Steve
Lauren Novero ...
Dom
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Jojo (as Alcris Galura)
Justin De Leon ...
Callboy
Joven Velasco ...
Publisher
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Clarita
Ching Danseco ...
Dino (as Cicero Danseco)
Laisa Gonzales ...
Josie
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Dom's Friend
Gilvert Arevalo ...
Dom's Friend
Noel Miralles ...
Novelist
Jennifer Tan ...
Novelist
Carme Sanchez ...
Mom
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When the Stray Cats entered the scene in the 80s, rockabilly was hot. Grease quiffs and tattoos were the outside badges; upright drums and bass the characteristic instruments. Includes two performances in Germany: one in 1981 in Cologne and one in 1983 at the Loreley that were recorded by WDR. These are genuine recordings that make the trio's sound still accessible today.

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17 August 2005 (Philippines)  »

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Originally done in digital film, Jojo Antonio of MLR Films helped in financing the conversion into the traditional form. See more »

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Martha: I think my descent into insanity is characterized by the way I speak. Feeling ko, kapag todo na ang Ingles ko, wengwang na ako.
[Chuckles]
Martha: "Wengwang," what a word. It should have been my name.
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A Rough Little Gem in Need of Polish
28 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

STRAY CATS (PUSANG GALA) is a an odd but in the end endearing mixture of cinematic styles, soap opera drama, tender little comedy, and hefty measures of relationship philosophy: perhaps this is the Filipino brand of magical realism. Based on a play by Jun Lana and adapted for the screen by Rody Vera and writer/director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil, the movie boasts a fine little cast and it is the cast's commitment to the project that sets the film sailing.

Boyet (Ricky Davao), a mother-like gay man who takes in stray cats (including the human form), lives in an apartment complex: his next door neighbor is Martha (Irma Adlawan), a successful business woman whose evenings are usually spent alone pining for her often absentee boyfriend of five years, Steve (Reggie Curley). Martha and Boyet are close friends, to the point that Boyet's writing career is focused on the love tangles of Martha as well as his own absentee lover situation with the manipulative Dom (Lauren Novero). Boyet has a live-in 'son', JoJo (Alcris Galura), a lad whose street life as an abandoned boy has stuck the heart of the mothering Boyet. The story bounces between Boyet's and Martha's fantasies about their boyfriends' commitment problems, and while each of the two character's love lives are well defined (both straight and gay and in between!), the method of the story telling makes dissecting fact from fantasy a bit of a challenge. The ending of the film contains a twist that will surprise audiences who expect a light fluffy comedy.

The film takes place in the Philippines and is in a mixture of Tagalog and English. While the story has some holes and problems, the cast is energetic and committed and the result is a fairly entertaining, if somewhat rough, little diversion. Grady Harp


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