The Debut

2002, Movie, NR, 89 mins

The Debut
A labor of love for Filipino-American filmmakers Gene Cajayon and John Manal Castro, this comedy-drama pivots on the classic disparity between the values and aspirations of immigrant parents and their American-raised children. High-school senior Ben Mercado (Dante Basco) has a scholarship to UCLA, but wants to attend Cal Arts and pursue a career in animation. His old-fashioned father, Roland (Tirso Cruz III), doesn't understand why his son is wasting so much time and money in pursuit of a "hobby" when he has the opportunity to attend medical school. Ben, in turn, doesn't know Roland abandoned his own singing career in the Philippines to support his family, nor is he ...
Released: 2002 Rated: NR Length: 89 mins

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