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Macho Dancer (1989)

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Flesh Trade

The story of a poor boy (Alan Paule) from the province come to the big city to pursue his livelihood peddling his body to a gay clientele. The boy meets another young male prostitute (Daniel Fernando) who has his own story to tell. The new buddy also hails from the province, and is in search of a long-lost sister (Princess Punzalan) he knows to have been in the power of traders in white slavery.

The sleazy world of male go-go dancers and hustlers is vividly captured in this daring drama of homoerotic sex and the oppressed. Dramatic action is set in the dark alleys and seedy milieu of contemporary Philippine life, with a corrupt policeman as kingpin, to whom the underworld and the elements in the gay trade pay protection money. Expert direction by Brocka, commendable performances by Daniel Fernando, Alan Paule, William Lorenzo, Johnny Vicars, and especially Jacklyn Jose as the usual hooker with a heart of gold, and the insight it offers on the political mess the country is in enhance the merits of this memorable movie.