Eba (Azi Acosta), the captivating new dancer at Kalaguyo strip club, quickly becomes a customer favorite. Club manager Mommy Girlie (Gwen Garci) declares Eba the new star, much to the chagrin of former lead dancer Marga (Alona Navarro), who has been at the club for four years. Eba attracts the attention of affluent vlogger Max (Jiad Arroyo), who frequently books her for exclusive performances in the VIP room.
Meanwhile, Adan (John Flores) rises as the star performer at Machismo strip club, winning the favor of patrons under the guidance of club manager Mama Chandra (Chad Kinis). Adan’s kindness extends beyond the club; he supports three orphaned street boys, reminiscent of his own past.
Azi Acosta’s portrayal of Eba showcases her ability to deliver emotionally charged scenes, though her on-stage confidence doesn’t quite match her “queen of the club” status. John Flores, with his distinct chinito looks, brings a fresh and natural acting style to his first lead role, reminiscent of actors from Korean dramas.
“Suki,” directed by Alexander Langitan, explores the lives of both female and male strip dancers, a common theme in Vivamax films. However, “Suki” deviates from the norm by depicting its characters as financially more fluid than typical film portrayals of prostitutes.
A unique aspect of “Suki” is the interaction between its characters. Eba and Marga, both working as prostitutes, are seen hiring the services of Adan, indicating a complex web of relationships and rivalries within the strip club scene.
The film also challenges traditional depictions of prostitutes’ living conditions. Instead of the stereotypical impoverished settings, characters like Eba live in comfortable, well-appointed homes. This shift is highlighted when Eba moves into an upscale house with Adan, suggesting a different socioeconomic background for these characters compared to typical portrayals.