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Metro Manila (2013)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  20 September 2013 (UK)
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Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Oscar Ramirez
John Arcilla ...
Douglas Ong
Althea Vega ...
Mai Ramirez
Erin Panlilio ...
Angel Ramirez
Iasha Aceio ...
Baby Ramirez
Mailes Kanapi ...
Charlie (as Angelina Kanapi)
JM Rodriguez ...
Alfred Santos
Ana Abad-Santos ...
Dora Ong (as Ana Abad Santos)
Moises Magisa ...
Buddha (as Moises Mag Isa)
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JJ
Mario Visto ...
Banaue Rice Traders
Daniel Magisa ...
Conman #1 (as Danny Mag Isa)
Ray Aragon ...
Conman #2
Jervie Cajarop ...
Police Officer
Jhay Castillo ...
Slum Housing Officer
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Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life. Written by Anonymous

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Desperate men take desperate measures.

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Official submission of the United Kingdom to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Ebben... Ne andro lontana
Performed by Maria Callas
Performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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a shocking first impression of an unfamiliar city
6 August 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This film is without doubt a thriller, although the action scenes are kept to a minimum in terms of length (they do remain quite violent).

But what's shocking about it is that it's for most people the first time they're actually going to see or hear about Manila, and in this case they'll be seeing it from the bottom looking up. This film paints a rather dark picture, but a picture worth seeing: the developing world isn't a bed of roses, and things like violence and corruption do make up the everyday lives of its poorer inhabitants.

Therefore, this story is a story of struggle, and is definitively worth seeing, if only to get away from the postcard image that we may have seen of the Philippines.


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