Skip to main content


Philippines, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Regional Focus)

Director: José Javier Reyes

This controversial film concerns a cry for help from people struggling to maintain their existence by surrendering dignity and imagining hope. Roily, the son of a dying prostitute, earns his living performing in a Toro, a live sex show in the sleazy hovels of Manila. Emotionally crippled—Roily claims not to have cried since the age of 11—his life is filled with eccentric characters. One his co-workers, Rosita, had a child at 15 but gave the infant up for adoption. In a desperate search for humanity, she embarks on a quest for her lost child.

Toro not only concerns the plight of marginal people struggling to overcome the curse of poverty in the Third World, but is also a forceful statement about human beings trapped by circumstances and powers beyond their choosing.

"A Director's Cut has been necessitated in order for the film to exist in its original form, and refrain from violating the norms set by an angry sector of moralists and politicians."—Jose Javier Reyes

See also...


“Solito's directorial debut as a dramatic filmmaker seems itself like a flower amid the grit of most contemporary cinema.” - Sundance Film Festival ... The purity of first love is pitted against ... More »


Sonny Corpus, 16, orphaned and loose on the streets of Manila, makes a near fatal mistake when he offers to be a lookout for a group of pals planning a home invasion. An elderly woman is killed and a ... More »


A wild, hyperkinetic demonstration of style, Nowhere to Hide is a propulsive action comedy that cites almost every genre and then comes back for more. If John Woo mounted an assault on MTV he might ... More »


Distinguished by the extraordinary visuals for which he is justifiably celebrated, the latest project by director Shinya Tsukamoto is an atmospheric, eerie exploration of identity, destiny and ... More »


Winner of the Best Director award at the Venice Film Festival last year, Seventeen Years is a potent examination of a dysfunctional family and how human feelings can come back to life when on the ... More »


Nang Nak is based on a Thai true story of a beloved wife whose loyalty to her husband is legendary. It is believed that her devotion could not be extinguished by her death. In Nonzee Nimibutr's ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director