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Filipino/Filipino American movies on Netflix


Take a look at some of these movies available on Netflix. The Filipino movies with English subtitles are a great tool for folks wishing to learn the Filipino language. Bare in mind that the movie style is nothing like blockbuster American films so prepare yourself for controversial subject matter but that is reflective of life in the Philippines.

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Filipino American:


The Debut

The  Debut

Talented high school senior Ben dreams of going to art school, much to the dismay of his strict immigrant father. The struggle between his family’s Filipino traditions and his own American dreams explodes on the night of his sister’s 18th birthday party, when he’s pressured by family to attend the event instead of hanging with his white friends.
Starring: Dante Basco, Eddie Garcia
Director:
Gene Cajayon
Genre:
Independent
Format:
DVD
Language:
English
Subtitles:
English …
Rated RFor language



Filipino with English subtitles:

Please note that some of the film titles in Filipino do not offer english subtitles. Many films directed by Fil/Fil-Ams are rather difficult to view in theatres and are difficult to find in video stores on line or elsewhere. CineFilipino has collaborated with leading independent film makers to provide the best collection of films for purchase and provides previews. Some notable titles that you can preview and can be purchased on CineFilipino. The following films are available on Netflix: The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, Crying Ladies, Imelda, Magnifico, Manila By Night, Slow Jam King.

Babae Sa Bintana

Babae  Sa Bintana

(1998)

Woman by the Window
Voyeurism leads to a perilous affair in director Chito Roño’s suspenseful tale. Abandoned by his wife, Mitch (Richard Gomez) finds respite from his depression by spying on beautiful new neighbor Jack (Rosanna Roces); next thing you know, the pair becomes intimately acquainted. But trouble lies ahead: It seems that Jack’s lover (John Estrada) has ties to Manila’s underworld, and Mitch soon finds himself in grave danger.
Starring: Rosanna Roces, Richard Gomez
Director:
Chito S. Roño
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.


Babae Sa Breakwater

Babae   Sa Breakwater
(2004)
Woman of Breakwater
In this bittersweet survival tale, director Mario O’Hara paints a realistic portrait of the cadgers, prostitutes and scavengers who dwell along Manila Bay’s breakwater scratching out a living. Fleeing from gangsters, brothers Basilio (Kristoffer King) and Buboy (Al Cris Galura) settle along the jetty, but trouble crops up when Basilio gets involved with a diseased hooker (Katherine Luna) whose existence is stoked by liquor and drugs.

Starring: Katherine Luna, Kristoffer King
Director:
Mario O’Hara
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English


The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

The  Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros

(2006)

Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros
Maxi (Nathan Lopez) is a sensitive 12-year-old boy whose life has deteriorated into a surrogate existence of his dead mother. Relegated to housekeeping and caring for his criminal father and brothers, Maxi is befriended by a kind and honorable policeman (J.R. Valentin) eager to show the boy a more respectable way of life. Auraeus Solito’s compassionate drama filmed on the streets of Manila features music from Filipino rock legend Pepe Smith.
Starring: Nathan Lopez, Soliman Cruz
Director:
Auraeus Solito
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD and streaming
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Awards:
Independent Spirit Awards® Nominee …
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.


Caregiver

Caregiver
(2008)
Leaving her son (John Vladimir Manalo) behind in the Philippines, grade school teacher Sarah (Sharon Cuneta) travels to London, where she reunites with her husband (John Estrada), takes a job as a nursing home caregiver, and struggles with a variety of personal and professional problems. While working with challenging clients and helping a troubled youth, Sarah wonders if the extra income is worth her husband’s crumbling confidence.
Starring: Sharon Cuneta, Jhong Hilario
Director:
Chito S. Roño
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.


Crying Ladies

Crying Ladies
(2004)
Charged with organizing his father’s funeral, Wilson Chua (Eric Quizon) hires three professional mourners with plenty of problems and enough tears to flood Manila in this heartwarming comedy. Desperate for cash, Stella (Sharon Cuneta) is happy to take the weeklong gig crying at the traditional Chinese funeral, but the stage is set for disaster when she brings B-movie actress Chua (Hilda Koronel) and the adulterous Choleng (Angel Aquino) along.
Starring: Sharon Cuneta, Hilda Koronel
Director:
Mark Meily
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog, English …
Subtitles:
English
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.

Imelda

Imelda
(2004)
Yes, she loves shoes. But Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines and two-time presidential hopeful, is passionate about more than just her soles. Offering an objective look at Marcos’s often controversial life and political career via interviews with her fans, critics and the woman herself, this thought-provoking documentary examines one of history’s most colorful examples of female leadership.
Starring: Imelda Marcos
Director:
Ramona S. Diaz
Genre:
Documentary
Format:
DVD
Language:
English
Subtitles:
English
Awards:
Sundance Film Festival® Nominee …

Rated G


Magnifico

Magnifico

(2003)

With a daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy and a son who’s lost his much-needed scholarship, an impoverished married couple begins to abandon their faith and courage in the face of such misfortune. But when a gifted young boy called Magnifico uses his goodness to magically transform their lives for the better, the family’s belief in miracles is restored. Suddenly, living with adversity doesn’t seem like such a burden.
Starring: Jiro Manio, Lorna Tolentino
Director:
Maryo J. De los Reyes
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Rated URUnrated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.

Bernal

Manila by Night: City After Dark

(1980)

Set in Manila’s edgiest hoods, Ishmael Bernal’s ensemble drama explores the Philippine capital’s seedier characters, including pimps, pushers and poverty-stricken prostitutes. A drug-dealing lesbian, a blind bathhouse worker and a gay clothing designer figure prominently into this unflinching trip through Manila’s dark alleys. The talented cast features Cherie Gil, Mitch Valdez, Charito Solis, Orestes Ojeda, Rio Locsin and Bernardo Bernardo.
Starring: Lorna Tolentino, Alma Moreno
Director:
Ishmael Bernal
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.

Spirit Warriors

Spirit Warriors
(2000)
In this eerie thriller from the Philippines, a group of high schoolers finds themselves contending with more than the usual teen angst issues. It seems they’ve run afoul of Ulanaya, a menacing, shape-shifting ghost bent on creating terror and pandemonium throughout the land. Can these adolescent, amateur ghost hunters summon the mettle to square off against — and vanquish — such a formidable otherworldly nemesis?
Starring: Joel Alano, Roy Alvarez
Director:
Chito S. Roño
Genre:
Foreign
Format:

Language:
Tagalog
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.


Slow Jam King

Slow  Jam King

(2004)

When would-be gangsta JoJo (Ron Domingo) carjacks traveling perfume hawker Vance (Whitney Melton), JoJo’s best friend (D.K. Bowser) tags along to keep things on an even keel in this offbeat indie comedy from the Philippines. The mismatched threesome soon finds themselves on an adventurous road trip to Nashville, Tenn., where they discover the truth about the country music capital’s seamy underside.
Starring: Ron Domingo, Whitney Melton
Director:
Steven E. Mallorca
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.

Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure

Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure

(2001)

In Filipino director Chito Roño’s adventure yarn, World War II veteran Lolo Melo (Armando Goyena) enjoys regaling his grandson Jobert (Danilo Barrios) with war stories, one of which includes Lolo’s participation in burying the famed Yamashita treasure. When Jobert heads to Manila to unearth the cache, little does he know that he has competition: A shadowy G-man (Albert Martinez) and a soldier of fortune (Vic Diaz) are also in pursuit of the loot.
Starring: Armando Goyena, Danilo Barrios
Director:
Chito S. Roño
Genre:
Foreign
Format:
DVD
Language:
Tagalog
Subtitles:
English
Rated NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.


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