Burlesk King 1999
1h 49min | Drama | 10 March 1999 (Philippines)
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.
The whole film has quite a bit of a soap-opera feel to it, along the lines of Macho Dancer. It’s an interesting peek into the world of dancers in clubs in the Philippines, but the dramatic tension of the film is dissipated in the last 2 or 3 minutes with an ending that felt very slapdash and polyanna. This was a film that should not have had an “And they all lived happily ever after” ending. The film would’ve been much better even just leaving the issues unresolved and hanging.
Director: Mel Chionglo
Writer: Ricardo Lee (story and screenplay)
Stars: Rodel Velayo, Leonardo Litton, Elizabeth Oropesa
Language: Filipino | Tagalog | English
Release Date: 10 March 1999 (Philippines)