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No Way Out

Country: Philippines, Language: Filipino | Tagalog | English, 97 mins

Original Title

Walang Kawala
  • Director: Joel Lamangan
  • Writer: Joel Lamangan; Manny Valera
  • Producer: Elizabeth Delos Reyes; Leo Dominguez

CGiii Comment

Lamangan and Vera's output is staggering - they make two types of film: poor boy turns hooker or screechingly bad comedies.

And...they don't seem to learn from their previous mistakes...similar storylines, overwhelmingly bad (and loud) music, the list goes on. But the feeling of exploitation is always there - these actors will do anything for a dollar.

It's time to move on - the Filipino film industry has become stagnant and stale - due to these main players who have neither vision nor talent...just a desire to make money out of the vulnerable.

Quantity will never be a substitute for quality.

Make one film a year instead of 20 - and, surprise, surprise, quality may rear its pleasant head.


The(ir) Blurb...

Joaquin (Polo Ravales), an unassuming fisherman, is forced to confront his homosexuality when his sex-starved wife Cynthia (Althea Vega) returns from her overseas job eager to get pregnant. His young and impulsive lover, Waldo (Joseph Bitangcol), flees to Manila in disgust. After a month of hesitation, Joaquin leaves his wife to follow Waldo. His search takes him on a seamy yet colorful trip through Manila's gay underbelly. He discovers Waldo's dangerous flirtation with Rufo (Emilio Garcia), a bisexual rogue cop who holds the clue to Waldo's disappearance. Rufo lures Joaquin into his home and introduces him to his submissive wife, Beng (Jean Garcia). A sadist who beats up Beng regularly, Rufo turns Joaquin into a prisoner and sex slave - like he did to Waldo.

Cast & Characters

Polo Ravales as Joaquin;
Joseph Bitangcol as Waldo;
Emilio Garcia as Rufo;
Jean Garcia as Beng;
Paolo Rivero as Gerard;
Althea Vega as Cynthia;
Marco Morales as Tolits;
Ermie Concepcion as Trining;
Mike Magat as Siso;
Jon Romano as Enteng;
Anthony Taylor as Gay Bar Manager;
Alcris Galura as Balut Vendor;
Wilson Go as Mr. So;
Aaron Domingo as News Reporter;
Beth Rivera as News Reporter