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Metro Manila (2013)

Not Rated | | 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 »

Director:

Sean Ellis

Writers:

Sean Ellis (screenplay), Frank E. Flowers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Macapagal ... Oscar Ramirez
John Arcilla ... Douglas Ong
Althea Vega ... Mai Ramirez
Erin Panlilio Erin Panlilio ... Angel Ramirez
Iasha Aceio Iasha Aceio ... Baby Ramirez
Mailes Kanapi ... Charlie (as Angelina Kanapi)
JM Rodriguez JM Rodriguez ... Alfred Santos
Ana Abad Santos ... Dora Ong
Moises Magisa Moises Magisa ... Buddha (as Moises Mag Isa)
Reuben Uy ... JJ
Mario Visto Mario Visto ... Banaue Rice Traders
Daniel Magisa Daniel Magisa ... Conman #1 (as Danny Mag Isa)
Ray Aragon Ray Aragon ... Conman #2
Jervie Cajarop Jervie Cajarop ... Police Officer
Jhay Castillo 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 Ramirez 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. The movie portrays how far a man can go for his family.

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Desperate men take desperate measures.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Philippines

Language:

Tagalog

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Metrópole Manila See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines See more »

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Budget:

£250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Chocolate Frog Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The license plate of Oscar and Ong's security truck keeps changing throughout the film. See more »

Connections

Remade as City Lights (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Extremely well made Phillipinne movie... brought me to tears.
22 August 2015 | by chavisatkinsSee all my reviews

And that takes a lot to make me come to tears. I haven't wrote a review on IMDb in awhile and there is some movies deserving of one that I should review it but this one... man it hurt me, in a good way sort of speak. This is a story of a man that simply is trying to do his role as a husband and father by making sure his family is taken care of. He comes from a background that I'm sure those from the Philippines will relate to and decides that life in the big city will give his family a change of pace. He instead finds that the city is full of betrayal and lies with the people he meets. Not to say everyone there is out to hurt someone but it shows the realism of what some people go through simply trusting in someone they don't know. This is not a action movie but a movie that is sort of a thriller and moving like... sorry, my terminology isn't there for movies.

The movie is a tearjerker as they say and I'm a black man who actually don't mind movies like that. This movie I didn't expect to be tearjerkish and I really don't go looking for those type movies. I'm not trying to say that this movie should be watched to feel bad for someone but that it is a movie centered on trying to capture how things can really get rough for families trying to start out in Manila.

Every time "Oscar" the main character had something happen to him, it affected me and that goes to show how EXCELLENT a job Jake did in this role. Everyone played their parts right even down to the adorable daughter of his. At times I was concerned his wife would leave him... just had me that in tuned.

Everything about the movie is gritty and surreal that you feel as if this is really happening; someone just taped it all somehow. What happens in the end brought me to tears because I am a human that sympathize and understand a bold move people will take for their family. It just pains me that I can only wish I could tell folks I know about this movie but they won't give it a try because it is a foreign movie and don't want to read subtitles.


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