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Burlesk King (1999)

The son of an abusive American father and a Filipina mother, Harry escapes to Manila with vengeance on his mind. After finding work as a Macho Dancer in the city's gay clubs, Harry creates ... See full summary »

Director:

Mel Chionglo

Writer:

Ricardo Lee (story and screenplay)
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Cast

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Rodel Velayo Rodel Velayo ... Harry
Leonardo Litton Leonardo Litton ... James
Elizabeth Oropesa ... Betty
Raymond Bagatsing ... Mario
Cherry Pie Picache ... Aileen
Gino Ilustre Gino Ilustre ... Michael
Nini Jacinto Nini Jacinto ... Brenda
Joonee Gamboa ... Miong
Joel Lamangan ... Odette
Tonio Ortigas Tonio Ortigas ... Leo
Ross Rival Ross Rival ... (as Chi Chi Salvador)
Frannie Zamora Frannie Zamora
Joseph Buncalan Joseph Buncalan
Arthur Cassanova Arthur Cassanova
Joey Galvez Joey Galvez
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The son of an abusive American father and a Filipina mother, Harry escapes to Manila with vengeance on his mind. After finding work as a Macho Dancer in the city's gay clubs, Harry creates a nurturing circle of friends and finds the strength to confront the family he left behind. Written by Strand Releasing <strand@strandreleasing.com>

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog | English

Release Date:

10 March 1999 (Philippines) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,225, 2 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,036, 11 February 2001
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Seiko Films See more »
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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rodel Velayo was only accompanying a friend for an audition for this movie. The producer instead spotted Rodel and instantly offered him the lead role. See more »

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Referenced in Burles King: Daw o... (2002) See more »

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*** Not too bad
24 February 2000 | by Bil-3See all my reviews

A movie in which both the boy and his girlfriend sell their bodies for money? Then we find out his mother does too? Wow! I'd love to see Americans try to fit these characters in a movie this side of the ocean. Truth be told, they couldn't, but Filipino director Mel Chionglo finds a lot of heart at the centre of this seemingly lurid story, his follow-up to the last "Macho dancer" film Midnight Dancer (it's funny, when I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the speakers kept referring to "Macho Dancer Film" as if it was an established genre). While this, the third installment in the series probes deeper depths of characters and the effects that dancing for money has on its main character, Midnight Dancer had a much better storyline and invigorating pace. The story follows teenager Harry who comes to Manila from Olongapo to find his American father who he'd escaped as a child when he was beating Harry and his mother senseless and pimping them off to friends for money. To survive in the big city, Harry dances at a gay club, temporarily losing sight of his goal in his devotion to his work, but accomplishing it nonetheless. It drags on a bit, but it's not a bad film at all.


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