DirectorLino Brocka Music directorMon del Rosario LanguageTagalog
Release date1988 WriterAmado Lacuesta (story), Ricardo Lee (story) Initial releaseJanuary 18, 1989 (Philippines) CastDaniel Fernando, Allan Paule, Jaclyn Jose, William Lorenzo, Princess Punzalan, Lucita Soriano Similar moviesJoel Lamangan appears in Macho Dancer and Burlesk King
Macho Dancer is a 1988 Philippine film, directed Lino Brocka, which explores the harsh realities of a young, poor, rural gay man, who after being dumped by his American boyfriend, is forced to make a living for himself in Manila's seamy red-light district. Based on a true story, the film's frank depiction of homosexuality, prostitution, drag queens and crooked cops, porno movie-making and sexual slavery, and drugs and violence caused the Filipino government censors to order extensive edits of the film, forcing an uncensored edition to be smuggled out of the Philippines and shown to a limited number of international film festivals. This print is now part of the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Abandoned by his American lover, a poor, gay teenager from the mountains is forced to support himself and his family by entering into the underground urban world of male strippers, prostitution, illegal drugs, sexual exploitation and slavery, as well police oppression, corruption and murder. His only real friend is a successful call boy, who acts as his mentor.