Tale of the Lost Boys (2017)

A Film by Joselito Altarejos

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Dir:Joselito Altarejos

2017|Taiwan, The Philippines|83 min|English, Tagalog, Mandarin, Atayal  BEYONDtheBOX, Portico Productions and Gagaoolala


Oliver Aquino- Alex

Ta Su- Jerry

Kristel Romero- Alex’s Mother

Abai Bashang- Jerry’s Mother

Mona Hayung- Jerry’s Father

Joe Black- Simon

Lex Bonife- Alex’s Cousin

Tiffany Tsai- Sara

Nataleigh Sitoy- Kim, Alex’s Girlfriend



Joselito Altarejos- Director

Jay Lin- Producer

Karen Chang - Line Producer

Annelle Durano- Line Producer

May delos Santos- Screenplay

Cesca Lee- Director of Photography

Diego Marx Dobles- Editor

Andrew Milallos- Sound Designer

Luigi Tuazon- Musical Scorer

Jeng Toress- Production Designer

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Two boys. One journey.  A long way from home.

A story about an unexpected connection between a Filipino and a Taiwanese aborigine who are both in search of their identities.

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Tale of the Lost Boys is the story of the friendship between two men — Alex (Oliver Aquino), a Filipino mechanic, and Jerry (Ta Su), a Taiwanese gay aborigine student. The two meet randomly when Alex flees to Taipei from Manila, upon learning that his girlfriend is pregnant. A casual conversation develops into a surprising personal connection between them. Both realize that they yearn for a more intimate connection with their mothers, since Alex's abandoned him for a new family while Jerry is afraid that his traditional parents will reject him for being gay. The two men go on a road trip and end up at Jerry's tribe.  The trip eventually makes them reconnect with their mothers and both discover a certain sense of identity and freedom.

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The issue of identity is a basic human quest. Tale of the Lost Boys crosses gender and, hurdles cultural and language barriers in its journey towards finding a certain sense of identity for its characters.

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  • Best Feature Film

      Sinag Maynila International Film Festival 2018

  • Best Screenplay\\

  • Sinag Maynila International Film Festival 2018

  • Best Editing

  • Sinag Maynila International Film Festival 2018

  • Box Office Award

  • Sinag Maynila International Film Festival 2018


  • Best Feature Film

  • Serili Filmului Gay International Film Festival 2017

       Cluj-Napoca, Romania

  • Film Ambassador Award 2018

  • Film Development Council of the Philippines

  • Outfest Fusion 2018

  • Los Angeles, California, USA

  • &Proud Yangon Film Festival 2018

  • Yangon, Myanmar

  • International Queer & Migrant Film Festival 2017

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Asterisco Festival Internacional 2017

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Taiwan International Queer Film Festival 2017

  • Taiwan

  • New Fest New York LGBT Film Festival 2017

  • New York, USA

  • Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

  • Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

  • Shanghai International Queer Film Festival 2017

  • Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

  • Rainbow Reel 2017

  • Tokyo, Japan

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