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Dance of the Steel Bars opens June 12th exclusively at SM Cinemas



Set in the backdrop of the CPDRC (Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center) that houses the world famous "Cebu Dancing Inmates," Dance of the Steel Bars tells the story Frank Parish (Patrick Bergin), a retired US fireman and philanthropist who finds himself wrongly accused of murder and jailed in the Philippines. Stuck in prison, Frank was beginning to lose faith in everything he believed in until he becomes friends with Mando (Dingdong Dantes), a convicted murderer who denies his passion for dancing just to prove his masculinity and Allona (Joey Paras), a transsexual who tries to contribute to prison reforms by teaching his fellow inmates dance exercises.

Dance of the Steelbars is not exactly groundbreaking and the story could, at times, feel forced but the movie gains its much needed momentum when it gives ample focus on the dancing. Armed with crisp editing, the film comes alive in the moments depicting the beginnings of the dance group that has generated no less than 50 million views on YouTube in a span of six years. 

In that final scene where a full performance of the group is featured, the movie is finally able to briefly convey a true story of hope and its real reason for being. At this point, you can forget about Mando, Frank Parish and all the other characters presented in the first hour of the film because it is only in that final scene that we get to see the story that we expected to see.

Dance of the Steel Bars is showing exclusively at SM Cinemas beginning June 12, 2013.

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Dale Bacar
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