Trouble in Paradise
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Manila in the Claws of Light is 1975 film directed by Lino Brocka. It tells the story of a humble fisherman from the province, who decides to travel to Manila to find his lover. His innocence and naïve character proved to be too fragile for the harshness of the city. He soon is drawn into the lifestyle of the city dwellers, being in an impoverished state as he relentlessly finds ways to provide for his daily necessities.   He loses himself in the process of looking for his lost lover. Lost in the game that is the city, only to further fall into its clutches. Regarded as one of the best Filipino films ever made, Manila in the Claws of Light seems to replicate a classical tragedy about star-crossed lovers, but Brocka adds his personal agenda in it by juxtaposing this theme against scenes of poverty and violence, social inequality, human trafficking, prostitution and political unrest.

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