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Die Beautiful (2016)

Friends attend the wake of Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman. They look back into the her life as she faces the adversities and triumphs of living as a transgender in Filipino society

Director:

Jun Lana (as Jun Robles Lana)

Writers:

Rody Vera (screenplay), Jun Lana (story) (as Jun Robles Lana)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Ballesteros ... Trisha
Christian Bables ... Barbs
Joel Torre ... Father of Trisha
Gladys Reyes ... Beth
Luis Alandy ... Jesse
Albie Casiño ... Migs
Inah de Belen ... Shirley Mae
IC Mendoza ... Paola
Cedrick Juan ... Erika
Lou Veloso ... Flora
Mimi Juareza ... Mother Celine
Iza Calzado ... Iza Calzado
Eugene Domingo ... Mau Mau Zaldriaga
Jade Lopez ... Diana
Kokoy de Santos ... Miko
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Storyline

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha's friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led - being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen. Written by anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Facebook | Official site [Japan]

Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

22 July 2017 (Japan) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Paolo Ballesteros won Best Actor at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival. See more »

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A fresh, compelling film for the Filipino audience
4 February 2017 | by wyldstyleSee all my reviews

Actually I recommend everyone to watch this, not just Filipinos, and here's why. The Filipino film industry has been known to be...lackluster. Its list of LGBT movies is not that impressive, a lot of it is stereotypical and borderline offensive. However, Die Beautiful is a gem in Filipino cinema. This film is about the life of Trisha, from childhood until adulthood. It has a nonlinear story line and the scenes blend perfectly. Every shot is stunning, especially for a movie without a mainstream Hollywood kind of budget. This is a comedy, but far from the typical slapstick and low blow jokes we see these days. It's funny without being offensive or overly dramatic. The story does not disappoint either. It is relevant to the issues important in the world today and very heartwarming. Each one of us can relate at one point or another. A film of love—friendship, romantic, and familial. Definitely worth your 2 hours. One of the best entries in MMFF and generally all of Filipino cinema.


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