Metro Manila

Synopsis: Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar Ramirez catches a lucky break when he's offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work's mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life. The movie portrays how far a man can go for his family.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sean Ellis
Production: Oscilloscope Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 9 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min


There is a Filipino saying.

"No matter how long a procession,"

"the church is its destination

all the same."

I prefer what I learned

in the military.

"If you were born to hang yourself,"

"you'll never drown."

Metro Manila

Banaue, Cordillera,

The Philippines


The rice grains aren't good.

- How much?

- Ninety per bundle today.

Last year it was P120, right?

My family might starve

with that.

Then go to the fields

to gather more for two days.

I've harvested everything.

That's all there is.

What do you prefer,

money or grains?

Go on,

pay him up.

Come on, beat it.

This isn't enough

to buy seeds...

...for next year.

What are we going to do?

We go to Manila.

I'll could find a job there.


- My tooth hurts.

- Show me.

In Manila there are many dentists.

They can heal that there, okay?

How much longer?

Almost done, boss.

Almost finished.

Metro Manila, NCR,

The Philippines

Thank you.

"Please come in!"


I need three men here!

- Man:

- Man:

Hold it!

I only need three!



- Man:
Me, me, me!

- Man:

I'm just wasting time here.

Almost half here are already filled.

What about you?

Where are you from?

Province of Banaue.


You got accommodation?

I'm looking for such...

But just too costly.

I have a friend.

He have some rooms for rent

for small families.

You might like it.

Reasonable rent.

- All right.

- Come on then. Call them.

"For our Lord Jesus Nazarene"

"For our Beloved Jesus Nazarene"

Your place is high

- Hey!

- Be careful then.

I have company.

- Come.

- Go ahead, enter.

They just arrived.

From the province.

Looking for a place to stay.

Is this okay?

P2,000 per month.

We only have 1,200 pesos.

Let's help him a little.

He's the father after all.

[Baby cries]



- Thanks, buddy.

- Thank you.

- Well, I'm going, all right?

- Couple:
Thank you.

Ma, Pa...

May I play outside?

- Okay, but be careful.

- Thank you.

Gonna cry.

Gonna cry again?

Pa? Do we end up there

when we die?


Pa, when you die,

where will you go?


In your heart.

For always?

For always.

For all eternity.





How many do you need today?

So your car's suspension

will not be damaged.

All right.

Can you do heavy lifting?

I am a farmer,

I'm quite strong.

Bring along three more.

Those strong types.

- Wait here, I'll be right back.

- All right.

- Bok, let's go. But I need one more.

- All right. C'mon.

- We'll be back.

- Let's see.


This one.

He'll do.

[Knocking on door]

[Knocking on door]

[Knocking on door]

[Knocking on door]


Move out.

Squatters are prohibited here.

But my husband

has paid the rent.


To whom?

The Government owns...

...this building.

So if you don't want

to go to jail,

pick up all your trash,

your garbage.

Get the hell out of here!

Right now!

Hurry up!

Get a move on!

[Baby crying]

Go ahead, enter.

You're the ones

who have the right here.

Good job, guys!

- Thank you.

- I told you I was strong.

I'm going.

For sure,

you know your way home.


What about our fee?


Better grab your share

before they consume it all.


I thought there's a doctor

to cure my tooth?

Let me see.

Just bear it for a while.

We have faith in God.

- We can't stay here!

- Let's go, c'mon.

You're looking for a place to stay?

Yes, if only...

Right there.

It's vacant.

We have no money.

All people here have no money.

That's why we live here.


Does your tooth still ache?

You have reached ATP.

If you are calling about the

driving position, please press 2.

- Hello?

- I'm calling for the position, please.

Preliminary interviews

are being held today

at Unit 40 Warehouse District,

Quezon City,

Metro Manila.

Thank you very much.

You know, you're pretty.

You should go to Charlie.

He can help you get a job.

He may also have

a room for your children.

Thank you.



Buddy, may I join you?

Go back.

Get in line there.

Yeah, get in line!

Back there.

- It's me, Oscar.

- I don't know you. Fall in line!

- Don't you remember me?

- What's going on here?

Wants to sneak.

But I don't know him.

We're friends,

we have worked together...

Go back to your position.


Seems you got a tattoo.





I'm looking for Charlie.

In the office.

Straight ahead.

Thank you.


- I'm looking for Charlie.

- I'm Charlie.

I've been told to find a job here.

You have a manager?


Show me your b*obs.

This is a bar,

not a dairy!

Come back when your tits

have dried.

I beg you.

We have nothing to eat.

You worked before in a bar?

Then listen well,

I don't like repeating myself.

If you're not dancing on stage

you sit in the aquarium

until the customer picks your number

Your job description here,

entertain the customer,

so he orders drinks as many times.

Tell your Mamasan

your order is vodka,

but give you water instead.

Make your customer happy.

Sit on his lap,

kiss him,

you touch his balls.

Just make sure he keeps on ordering

and keeps on coming back.

Because the minimum quota here

is 20 drinks per night.

Hurry up.

This is the dressing room.

You change clothes and

do your makeup here.

Like that, all right?

- How many children you have?

- I have two.

You can leave them here

if you have no nanny.

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Sean Ellis

Sean Ellis is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor. He is the founder and CEO of GrowthHackers and was previously founder and CEO of Qualaroo. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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