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The Debut (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Ben is a talented high-school senior who dreams of going to art school. His strict immigrant fatherwants him to accept a scholarship to medical school. The struggle between his family's Filipino traditions and his own American dreams explodes on the night of his sister's eighteenth birthday party.Pressured by his family to attend his sister's "debut" instead of hanging with his white friends, Ben gets more than he bargained for, including a showdown with a childhood friend-turned-thug, and anintroduction to a beautiful woman who might teach him a few things about his real culture -- and about true love. An impressive debut for writer/director Gene Cajayon, THE DEBUT is a hip, insightful dramatic comedy starring Dante Basco (Biker Boyz, Hook), Bernadette Balagtas, Joy Bisco (TV's "Port Charles") and legendary Filipino actor Eddie Garcia.
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As a nice compliment to the movie, I've never seen so many cute and pretty Pinays, so there, I've said the best part of the movie. Hope Gene Cagayon's next flick can transcend the cultural, political, and PINOY-related consciousness and just make a movie we all can be proud. He's on his way...the film was just right, the deleted scenes were rightfully taken out, and the main characters acted with passion and professionalism. I am proud to say this is a great movie to watch, I'll even recommend it to all my Anglo friends...Mabuhay and good job!
On a personal note, Cajayon done a good directing by unravelling the real drama of a Filipino family though somehow focusing on a notable character of Dante Basco as Ben, who somehow not getting a sense of pride for his culture and background not unitl He realizes his true identity in a party of white teenagers. This is the turning point of the story..well, nothing's new about it but a simple realization of how Ben cope up with his identity.
Like what I said, this film is a breakthrough but it could really be more interesting to see and watch, a filipino movie with more heart.
As a filipino-american, i found this film to be somewhat disturbing to my own identity. yes, there are the parts where the creators of the story play off of stereotypical aspects of the filipino-american community such as rice for nearly all meals and what not. That's totally cool. the part that i found disturbing is that, as a filipino-american, am i sell out if i don't have any filipino friends and don't really cherish my "heritage"? i understand it makes me unique and it is a part of me. BUT it does NOT define who i am and therefore i do not really have any pride in it. It seems that in the film that he seems to somewhat sell out his more "american" side, which american is up for interpretation since there are so many takes on that, so in a way, he's also not american. It seems that the film cherishes being filipino more than it does being yourself, or an individual.
it is a difficult thing to be a hyphenated american, especially nowadays with our loyalty to America being questioned everyday. although i do not think this film is a correct representation of a life as a filipino-american, i think it is a very good one for showing one person's struggle to find his identity. i would not want to show this film to friends thinking that my family is like his because the film plays off of so many stereotypes, in a good way, but not mine nor all.
STILL! do watch it because it is only one representation of being filipino-american, not the canon or model for all filipino-americans.
also, didn't you love Dante Basco (Ben) in Hook? GO RUFIO! RUFIO!RUFIO!RUFIO!RUFIO!RUFIO!
Most recent customer reviews
Unlike many Asian Americans, who support anything that is produced by another Asian, This is such a poor product. Believe me, I want the movie to be "good", but it isn't. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
The Debut snaps a shot of Filipino-American life with strong pace and a rich color palette. The basic plotline isn't really the point here; it's the retelling of a universal story... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Christopher Cabaldon
I recently watched The Debut with my Filipina daughter-in-law. She agreed that it is an accurate picture of life in a Philippino family and community. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Mary Haunreiter
You can rate and review this DVD from several angles. I give it five stars just for the monumental effort that was put forth by everyone involved in this movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by E. Laway
Okay, by now you pretty much know the primary plot: Ben, Filipino-American adolescent, is having problems with his all-too-strict father, who wants his son to become a doctor... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Dennis!
The Debut is a great movie for all to see. It depicts Filipino American life in a realistic manner. When I saw the movie I kept thinking to my self, 'that is so my family'. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Amazon Customer
This movie was ok. I thought Better Luck Tomrrow was a lot better. The soundtrack was hot and so were many of the songs in the movie. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Jim
A wicked first feature for director Gene Cajayon, The Debut is sincere albeit predictable. However, having said that, it is predictable only because the theme of the movie is so... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Miguel B. Llora