City After Dark
2h 30min | Drama |


The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers and families' conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in the night streets rampant with drugs and prostitution. The outstanding narrative explicitly unravels the various characters and episodes. This landmark film of Ishmael Bernal depicts the darkness of city life so vividly that it was once prohibited to use the word 'Manila' on its title.

Ishmael Bernal


Ishmael Bernal


Lily Y. Monteverde (executive producer)


Sergio Lobo


Vanishing Tribe

Editorial Department:

Augusto Salvador
Toto Natividad (assistant editor)
Efren Salvador (assistant editor)

Production Design/Art Department:

Peque Gallaga
Ronnie Lazaro (art director)
Bing Fabregas (wardrobe)
Roy Lachica (props)

Production Management:

Felix Dionisio

Sound Department:

Bing de Santos (field soundman)
Vic Macamay (sound supervisor)
Abbo dela Cruz (sound effects)

Camera and Lighting Department:

Pio E. Interno (assistant cameraman)


LVN Laboratories (color processing)
Magna-Tech Omni (post-production facility)

Assistant/Associate Director:

Warlito M. Teodoro (associate director)

Production Company:

Regal Films


Charito Solis
Alma Moreno
Lorna Tolentino
Rio Locsin
Cherie Gil
Gina Alajar
Orestes Ojeda
William Martinez
Bernardo Bernardo
Johnny Wilson
Jojo Santiago
Sharon Manabat
Maya Valdes
Rolly Lapid
Rey Tomenes
Bong Benitez
Roger Saulog
Dante Castro
Tony Angeles
Perry Fajardo
Lucy Quinto
Pinky Shotwell
Vangie Labalan
Aida Carmona
Abbo dela Cruz
Dennis Marasigan

Additional Crew:

Jorge Arago (script consultants)
Toto Belano (script consultants)
Ricky Lee (script consultants)
Jose N. Carreon (script consultants)
Peque Gallaga (script consultants)
George Sison (script consultants)
Douglas Quijano (project coordinator)
Rafael Jimenez (crowd director)
Babsy Carballo (publicity head)
Lolita Solis (publicity staff)
Rod Samson (publicity staff)
Alfie Lorenzo (publicity staff)
Regal Films (filming facility)
Jovencio Davad (unit maintenance)
Roger Radan (unit maintenance)

Alternative Title: City After Dark
Year: 1980
Genre: Drama





Manila, Philippines

Awards, Recognition, & Participation:

Best Picture (Pinakamahusay na Pelikula) - Manila by Night 

Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) - Bernardo Bernardo Best Screenplay
Gawad Urian Awards 1981

(Pinakamahusay na Dulang Pampelikula) - Ishmael Bernal
Gawad Urian Awards 1981

Best Production Design (Pinakamahusay na Disenyong Pamproduksiyon) - Peque Gallaga
Gawad Urian Awards 1981

Nominations - Gawad Urian Awards 1981
Best Direction (Pinakamahusay na Direksyon) - Ishmael Bernal
Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) - Cherie Gil
Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) - Rio Locsin
Best Music (Pinakamahusay na Musika) - Vanishing Tribe

Total Running Time: 2h 30min
Color: color
Aspect Ratio:
Sound Mix:
General Carrier Specific Carrier Form Completeness
Film 35mm Feature Complete
Digital File MP4 Feature Complete
Digital File MOV Feature Complete
Digital File DPX Feature Complete
18 October 2019, Friday