Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Andoy Ranay, Ray An Dulay, John Lapuz, Rey Pumaloy, Jet Alcantara
Director: Crisaldo Pablo
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
BATHHOUSE a place where gay men can go to relax, kick off their shoes (and clothes) and enjoy each other's company. BATHHOUSE takes you into this world of towel clad men, back room sex and the search for that ever elusive ... more »
Gay Life in te Philippines
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 03/03/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
The Gay Philippines
Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride
It seems that this month the Philippines is releasing a lot of gay movies. We have "Paper Dolls", "Circles" and now "Bathhouse". "Bathhouse" uses characters to tell the story of what gay life is in the Philippines.
Those of us that have experiences bathhouses know that they are places where we can go for sex with no inhibitions. You go in, take off your clothes, wrap a towel around your waist and indulge in hedonistic pleasure. The bathhouse is a world unto itself--a world of sex, sex and more sex. Words are seldom spoken and all it takes is a glance or a motion to initiate the most primal of our instincts.
While at the baths one night, Rico (Ray An Dulay), a young student and somewhat of a nerd, meets Chris (Jet Alcantara) and the chemistry between the two is like magic. Rico thinks he has found his Mr. Wonderful. Instead he finds himself on a path of cheating and envy with a little love thrown in for taste. Chris seems to love the baths more that he loves Rico. A bathhouse is not exactly the place one looks to find love.
"Bathhouse" shows the reality of what goes on in the gay underground known as "The Tubs". Rico, who looks like a youngish Jackie Chan, discovers that he is gay and joins the membership of the local bathhouse thinking that he will find both true love and himself there. The object of his admiration, Chris, is hunky and knows it and like most men that frequent bathhouses wants to share his body with as many men as he can.
I naturally assumed that a movie entitled "Bathhouse" would be about what goes on in a bathhouse but this movie was ore than that. Crisaldo Pablo, the director, goes a little further in depicting the gay scene of the Philippines. He also shows the real life of the people and the different ways that they meet--through the internet, at the public park, through ads, etc. It is an exciting picture of the islands and shows gay life there as we have not been privy to.
The acting and the cinematography are first rate but the story could have been developed a bit more. All in all, I liked the film a great deal and am glad that I got to see it and hope that all of you will watch it as well. It is always good to learn about gay life in other places and this movie gives an accurate picture of gay life in the Philippines. I did have one problem with the film and that is that after Rico left his parents, he did not go looking for a job but somehow he managed to have money to join the bathhouse and have a lot of sex without seemingly spending a penny. I just wonder if money is needed in the Philippines. AIDS was also not mentioned in the film and we do know that AIDS is a universal problem--bathhouses in the United States were closed because of AIDS but it seems to be not a problem in the Philippines.
Derrick Jenkins | Hampton VA USA | 09/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It was really interesting seeing how a bathhouse actually works and i know what goes in there. But to get from the outside and see the inner workings all the different people that come in there. Not all of them are gay, some straight, bi and you have your transexuals as well. Also of importance was them talking about being safe and everything. Especially being with what they do and all the people they sleep with. Its easy to pass that along. But there is also a bond and kinship that forms between the different people in the bathhouse.
The lead actors play it well one being a newbie and the other a seasoned (very) veteran of the bathhouse. The new guy falls for the seasoned vet and at first all is going good even though things aren't what they seem. The new guy soon starts to change his attitude towards people since he's been hurt by that one he loved. It turns around him later on in the film but i wanna go into all that much detail on it. It's really a movie that you should check out either rent or whatever you have to do.
But give Bathhouse a try i believe you'll walk away better for it...this movie is shot in the same way as the director's previous one. Just so people know what's what...doesnt detract from the movie at all so enjoy Bathhouse i sure did."
bigboyone | johnson city , tn | 09/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"very good film. i just wish once, the whole film would be put out to the
public. i read a review of their toronto film festival screening and
the movie that was released on DVD seems to be missing half of what
the reviewer said.
otherwise this is a great film, with all actors doing very good job"