The Debut


1h 28m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Ben has spent his life trying to get out from under his father's thumb. His father Roland gave up everything to bring his family to the U.S. from the Philippines, and he expects his son to make the same kind of sacrifice by choosing a career as an MD. But Ben is an aspiring cartoon artist, and he wa

Film Details

Also Known As
Debut
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
San Gabriel, California, USA; Montebello, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

Synopsis

Ben has spent his life trying to get out from under his father's thumb. His father Roland gave up everything to bring his family to the U.S. from the Philippines, and he expects his son to make the same kind of sacrifice by choosing a career as an MD. But Ben is an aspiring cartoon artist, and he wants to learn animation-an impossible dream in his father's opinion, especially since Ben just won a full pre-med scholarship. When his extended family gathers for sister Rose's birthday party, Ben starts to realize how much family history is repeating itself. His own father's dreams of becoming a singer were mercilessly crushed by Ben's domineering Filipino grandfather, Lolo Carlos. When Ben is challenged by his girlfriend's ex, everyone must deal with the consequences.

Film Details

Also Known As
Debut
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
San Gabriel, California, USA; Montebello, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall July 20, 2001

Released in United States October 18, 2002

Released in United States on Video September 9, 2003

Released in United States November 2000

Released in United States March 2001

Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival November 3-19, 2000.

Shown at San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival March 8-15, 2001.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 1-11, 2001.

Feature directorial debut for Gene Cajayon.

Completed shooting November 16, 1997.

Began shooting October 21, 1997.

Released in United States Fall July 20, 2001

Released in United States October 18, 2002 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video September 9, 2003

Released in United States November 2000 (Shown at Hawaii International Film Festival November 3-19, 2000.)

Released in United States March 2001 (Shown at San Francisco International Asian-American Film Festival March 8-15, 2001.)

Released in United States March 2001 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 1-11, 2001.)