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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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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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Metro Manila returned to 12 UK cinemas on 28th November 2013 for a one off screening to raise money for the victims of typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that had hit the Philippines and killed close to 6000 people. 12 screens were donated by VUE cinemas and raised a total of £3540 for the DEC charity. Its British director, Sean Ellis said: "The people of the Philippines were tremendously supportive during the making of Metro Manila, and it's only right that we should now use the film to raise money to help the victims of this terrible disaster." See more »

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The Locket
Written by Robin Foster
Piano performed by Guy Farley
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Informative and Moving
22 August 2014 | by (California, U.S.) – See all my reviews

This film titled 'Metro Manila' sure caught me by surprise upon hearing of how the Philippines is way different from that of the stateside. To speak briefly as a Filipino-American, I felt proud to see such a movie show the country where my family's roots originated. Not to mention how the city of Manila can be manipulative if you're not careful or not familiar at all to its foreign customs.

Back to the movie, the plot of an impoverished man named Oscar Ramirez bringing his family away from their rural home and into the more modernized area of the Philippines is a big change for them. Despite being in a new surrounding, it isn't easy for Oscar to get around much since the people there can be rough and the area is not familiar much with him. It then changes when he finds a prosperous job, but is unaware that his workplace might not be all what it seems.

British filmmaker Sean Ellis sure did an impressive job directing and revealing the Philippines in its imperfect, but purposeful glory. My mindset had me thinking it was a form of documentary, but that was not the case. About fifteen to twenty minutes into the movie, it slowly started to remind me of the 2008 film 'Slumdog Millionaire' in terms of an impoverished individual who tries to make something of himself and prove he's not worthless. Except in the latter, director Danny Boyle was exploring India that was based on a book about class barriers being broken by children of the slums. But in 'Metro Manila,' a married man with family is trying to build up from his derelict lifestyle, much like Slumdog's lead Jamal, but with purposes different from the latter. Overall, the movie felt moving, thrilling, and complex yet intriguing at the same time. I've visited the Philippines in my childhood more than once and one things for sure, among the many cousins and relatives I have that live there, we pretty much stick together like a big family. For Oscar willing to move ahead in life, even through the most dire of consequences, what matters to him the most above all is his family. I can relate to that and I recommend this movie not just for its culture or ethnic background, but such morals can exist anywhere in the world regardless of who you are or where you're from.


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