Manila in the Claws of Light

Manila in the Claws of Light

By Lino Brocka

  • Genre: Lino Brocka
  • Release Date: 1975-07-16
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 2h 6min
  • Director: Lino Brocka
  • Production Company: Cinema Artists
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
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Lino Brocka achieved international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, a breakout example of the more serious-minded filmmaking the director had turned to after building a career on mainstream movies he described as “soaps.” A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who was lured there with the promise of work and hasn’t been heard from since. In the meantime, he takes a low-wage job at a construction site and witnesses life on the streets, where death strikes without warning, corruption and exploitation are commonplace, and protests hint at escalating civil unrest. Mixing visceral, documentary-like realism with the narrative focus of Hollywood noir and melodrama, Manila in the Claws of Light is a howl of anguish from one of the most celebrated figures in Philippine cinema.