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Manila, Open City (1968)

As Allied Forces are closing the curtains on Japanese Army in Manila, Japanese soldiers begin attacking even innocent civilians.


Eddie Romero


Eddie Romero


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charito Solis Charito Solis ... Sor Matilde
James Shigeta ... Captain Murakami
Alex Nicol ... Colonel Bergen
John Ashley ... Morgan, a Medic
Ric Rodrigo Ric Rodrigo ... Guerrilla Commander
Mario Montenegro Mario Montenegro ... Marcos Liwag
Lauro Delgado Lauro Delgado
Oscar Roncal Oscar Roncal ... Neighborhood Association President
Nova Villa ... Young Girl
Eddie Garcia
Cachupoy Cachupoy
Vic Diaz ... Colonel Hamada
Ben Perez Ben Perez ... Captain Kondo
Norma Blancaflor Norma Blancaflor
Rosa Mia Rosa Mia


As Allied Forces are closing the curtains on Japanese Army in Manila, Japanese soldiers begin attacking even innocent civilians.

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Drama | War






English | Tagalog | Filipino

Release Date:

12 June 1968 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

American Tank Force See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nepomuceno Productions See more »
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Color (Famecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Manila, Open City is a wrong title for the film about the liberation of Manila during the last remaining days of World War II in 1945. Historically, Manila was declared an "OPEN CITY" by General Douglas MacArthur to avoid further destruction and devastation to the city upon the arrival and invasion of the Japanese imperial forces in the country in 1942 to start World War II. See more »

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Passable with a number of key historic errors
20 November 2017 | by VoyagerMN1986See all my reviews

Certainly the Filipino fighters and civilians were heroic all throughout World War Two. Japan pulled all the food it could find from the country leading to mass starvation that killed many times more civilians than the battles of Luzon and Battle of Manila. Japana raided the country for "comfort women" and mass murdered hundreds of thousands directly. It is perfectly appropriate to highlight their struggles.

Unfortunately there is a lot of total misinformation in this film that we now know from Japanese's archives and also from US code intercepts is completely wrong.

In the scene with the US brass stating the Japanese were not going to let the civilian's go, the Filipino colonel says "this is complete conjecture." In fact the US brass and SCAP (Supreme commanded Allied Powers) McArthur already knew, and the archives and full now confirm, that the Japanese Naval command (and the two hardened divisions in the city were Japanese's Marines) intended to have all the civilians die.

Also completely missing for the film is the fact that US forces entered without bombing and artillery support, and suffered hugely increased US casualties, because the US had decided against using artillery even against fortified Japanese's positions in the city. It was only after three days of trying, and suffering more and more US deaths, that artillery was used.

In fact the only time the US attempted to negotiate with Japanese's forces during all of World War Two was in this battle in the Philippines to reduce civilian casualties.

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