Kita Kita (I See You) : Film Discussion

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kita Kita (I See You) is a Filipino Indie Romantic Comedy Film directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo starring Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi. It revolves around Lea, a tour guide residing in Japan. Her life suddenly turns 360 degrees as she goes blind. This is a story of love, pursuing of happiness and the proof that love is blind.

Warning: mild spoilers ahead.

I went into this movie knowing just enough detail about the plot, I’ve seen a trailer and I also knew the leading actors, that’s it. So when I watched this movie. I felt really refreshed. This is a great movie with a nice plot, heartfelt message, great acting, amazing cinematography, colour shading and a soundtrack that fits so well. If you want a breath of fresh air, away from the clichés of mainstream media this movie is for you. 

With only a budget of 10 million pesos Kita Kita grossed over 100 million pesos as of July 26, 2017. The numbers are huge considering it came from an independently financed Spring Films. This says a lot about the quality of the story and the appreciation of the Filipino audience.

When you think about leading men in a rom-com, you think of Paulo Avelino or Piolo Pascual or John Lloyd Cruz but certainly not Empoy Marquez, he usually plays the sidekick comic relief in movies however he nailed his role in this film, the balance of his comedic brilliance, right choice of clothing and charisma, Empoy portrayed a believable Tonyo who has great chemistry with Lea (Alessandra).

I like how they told the story in two perspectives. You get to see the transformation of these very different people in their lives. You get to see how Lea, a cheerful girl full of life turns into a gloomy lady (which later on changes of course) and Tonyo a fresh off a breakup wreck try to fix his life for the better.

This is a well balanced movie with 35% of the cute, romantic part, 35% comedic part, 30% of emotional part. You never question if it’s a drama or a comedy movie because the jokes are not over the top, the drama is not unnecessary and the romance isn’t cheesy.

The film was shot in Japan, and the shots are absolutely bea utiful. It makes you want to travel in Sapporo, I ‘m personally not familiar with this province unlike the usual tourist sites like Tokyo or Osaka. They did a great job showcasing its beauty without sacrificing context like just throwing shots of Japan everywhere.     

One thing that bothered me a little bit is that Tonyo’s character was showed a bit like a stalker but it’s not like he’s taking pictures of her naked or anything, but he sometimes go to places she’s at and hang out where she goes. It didn’t throw me off entirely it’s just a little nitpick.

Overall I really recommend Kita Kita not only to those who enjoy romance films but to the general audience who enjoys comedies and heartfelt stories. This is worth your money and it’s also the time we start supporting our local cinema 😊

Listen to the sound track below! 

Rating: 94/100


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