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Following the death of his father and a chance meeting with an abusive romance novelist, a masseur working in a gay massage parlor struggles to make sense of his unfulfilling relationships while simultaneously assisting his mother in preparing his father for burial. Twenty-year-old Iliac Coco Martin may not be the best masseur in the parlor, but when he catches the eye of a cold and calculated romance novelist looking for a cheap thrill, the icy indifference displayed by his paying lover does little more to warm ...
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Following the death of his father and a chance meeting with an abusive romance novelist, a masseur working in a gay massage parlor struggles to make sense of his unfulfilling relationships while simultaneously assisting his mother in preparing his father for burial. Twenty-year-old Iliac Coco Martin may not be the best masseur in the parlor, but when he catches the eye of a cold and calculated romance novelist looking for a cheap thrill, the icy indifference displayed by his paying lover does little more to warm the spirits than his sexually charged but emotionally distant girlfriend. Despite the resentment Iliac feels towards his late father for abandoning the family and embarking on a suicidal alcohol binge, the lovelorn youth nevertheless makes the journey home to be there for his grieving mother in her time of need. As he prepares his father for burial and his mind wanders back to the previous night's encounter at the massage parlor, Iliac's increasingly complex love life disturbingly begins to mirror his troubled family life.
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Special Features

The Masseur in Toronto; Trailer; Widescreen; Coming Attractions; Scene Selection; Dolby 5.1 & 2.0 Audio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • UPC: 667443570141
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Picture This
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Coco Martin Iliac
Alan Paule The Client
Jaclyn José The Mother
Katherine Luna
Paolo Rivero
Kristoffer King
Ru Miranda
Technical Credits
Brillante Mendoza Director, Original Story
Nonoy Dadivas Sound/Sound Designer
Marissa Cua Dante Executive Producer
Ihman Esturco Producer
Fedelyn T. Geling Executive Producer
Ma. Lourdes Gnileg Executive Producer
Rudy Gonzales Sound/Sound Designer
Timmy Jiminez Cinematographer
Armando Lao Consultant/advisor
Venus Mungcal Executive Producer
Herbert Navasca Editor
Benjamin Padero Production Designer
Boots Agbayani Pastor Original Story, Screenwriter
Monchie Redoble Cinematographer
Jean Retiro Costumes/Costume Designer
Dang Sering Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerrold Tarog Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Masseur
1. The Road to Pampanga [3:57]
2. Arriving Home [2:50]
3. Massage Parlor [3:55]
4. Emnbalming [5:24]
5. Dressing and Undressing [5:41]
6. Daily Grind [5:48]
7. Marina Hidalgo [1:58]
8. Father's Wake [2:29]
9. Another Session [5:54]
10. Lanterns [3:36]
11. Text Message [4:49]
12. Love Stories [2:47]
13. Burial [4:28]
14. Stiffed [8:12]
15. Rubber Shoes [6:22]
16. End Credits [3:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Masseur
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Audio Options: 2.0 Stereo
      Audio Options: 5.1 Dolby Surround
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Trailer
      The Masseur in Toronto
      Photo Gallery
   Coming Attractions
      Play All
      Whole New Thing
      Look to the Sky
      Out of the Hand
      The Recruiter
      The Boy From Lebanon
      Boys Briefs 4
      Boys Briefs 3
      A Love to Hide
      Innocent
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    There is a reason this film from the Philippines has garnered so much attention and audience approval at festivals around the world. Yes, it is a very low budget film (and technically that shows), but the message is a sound one. Not just another film about the massage parlor antics created to titillate the viewer, THE MASSEUR (MASAHISTA) as conceived and written for the screen by Boots Agbayani Pastor is a close examination of the old conflict between father and son, expectations and disappointments, needs and failures to fulfill, and in the end the mourning for a relationship that never succeeded. Director Brillante Mendoza has found the balance between sensual imagery and social comment that makes this little film work very well indeed. Illiac (Coco Martin) is a handsome young lad who, because his alcoholic and carousing absentee father cannot support his family, has left his home to work as a masseur in Manila, assuming the financial responsibility of his family. Illiac works in a massage parlor - rooms like closets so close that conversations are easily heard - where he has his regular clients as well as newcomers, each of whom pays for massage an tips for all the 'extras' the boys are more than willing to offer for a price. The film moves back and forth between Illiac's home and his work in Manila and after his father dies, Illiac must return home and be the one who must assist the mortician in preparing his father's body for burial. This tradition becomes an analogy for the work Illiac performs on the massage table and the conversations and physical involvements between Illiac and client mirror the ministrations at the funeral parlor in a powerful and deeply moving way. Illiac is able to cope with both sides of his lot until he discovers some secrets left in his deceased father's belongings. At this point the concept of the film becomes touchingly apparent. Though the cast is well known in the Philippines, only a few of the faces will be familiar to most viewers. What Mendoza is able to achieve with his cast is a feeling of honesty and ensemble work that allows both sides of Illiac's life to be credible. The film is in Tagalog with English subtitles and though the DVD cover would suggest this is a gay film, in reality it is a study of family life and the consequences of distance between father and son. It is worth viewing. Grady Harp

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