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An Honest Review Of 'Kita Kita' By A Hopeful Romantic

It's for anyone who's in need of good vibes this week!
PHOTO: Kita Kita/Spring Films

The Long Plot, Sans Spoilers

Lea (Alessandra de Rossi) is a Pinay tour guide based in Japan who suddenly goes blind. On the first week of her sight loss, she meets a friendly Pinoy neighbor named Tonyo (Empoy Marquez). She doesn't warm up to him at first but eventually does because Tonyo is one determined guy.

They form a beautiful friendship that leads to an unexpected kind of love.

The Short, Honest Plot

Kita Kita is an unusual but heartwarming love story about finding the right person at exactly the right time. 

The Main Actors And Where You Last Saw Them

Alessandra de Rossi as Lea

This multi-awarded actress was last seen in the 2016 indie movie Sakaling Hindi Makarating and long-running teleserye, FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

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Empoy Marquez as Tonyo

This talented comedian is part of the horror film Bloody Crayons, currently out in theaters, and is a regular in the sketch comedy show Banana Sundae.

Did You Know?

1. Piolo Pascual is one of the producers of this movie, along with TV and film director Joyce Bernal, cinematographer Shayne Sarte, and talent manager Erickson Raymundo. But it doesn't end there. Watch the trailer again and listen to the voice narrating. Yup, that's Papa P doing the voiceover!

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2. Kita Kita is directed by Sigrid Bernardo who was also responsible for the award-winning film Ang Huling Cha-cha ni Anita.

 3. This film takes you on a tour of the beautiful city of Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan. The places they visit—Odori Park, Moerenuma Park, Mt. Moiwa, and Yurigahara Park—are definite must-sees!

4. For the movie's theme song, soulful singer KZ Tandingan gives her take on the early '80s hit "Two Less Lonely People in the World" by Australian soft rock band Air Supply.

5. Alex and Empoy had to learn Nihongo for this movie and it's pretty impressive how well they spoke the language.

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What I Think:

I went into the cinema hopeful about this film because of all the good feedback I saw on social media from those who attended the premiere the night before. Plus, I'm a sucker for great love stories. This one definitely did not disappoint.

The film was quiet, calm, and charming, much like the personality of the city they shot in. The comedic moments—and there were many—were funny without trying too hard.

Despite being a quiet movie with a steady pace, it's far from boring. You will fall in love with the characters of Lea and Tonyo with every minute you see them onscreen. The movie also takes you through twists and turns, most of them unexpected.

The cinematography is excellent. It feels realistic but also has dream-like qualities to it that adds to the beauty of the film. Also, if you've never been to this side of Japan, you will probably want to add interesting and picturesque Sapporo to your travel bucket list now.

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The storytelling was also creative. There were parts where the film goes back and forth from present to past and it's surprisingly not confusing; it just adds to the unique flavor of the narrative. It also utilizes perspective very well. At first, you see the POV of Lea, then you see the POV of Tonyo. It feels like a puzzle getting completed piece by piece and in the end, you will fall in love with the whole picture.

Alex and Empoy are natural actors. Nothing feels forced—no under- or over-acting. All the emotions and experiences are just right. They surprisingly have great chemistry, too. But not the kind of chemistry you expect from a regular love team. It feels just like it does in real life when two very different people get to know each other and fall in love.

This movie touches the very core of the heart. It shows the power of kindness, acceptance, and selfless love. It teaches us that good things can happen if only we have the patience to wait. It demonstrates how love can transform our lives if only we have the courage to be open and if we allow someone to see us for who we really are.

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What my friend thinks:

While there is undeniable chemistry between Alessandra and Empoy, it is the story of Lea and Tonyo that will make your hearts melt. Kita Kita is such an emotionally-charged movie that will make you laugh, cry, and root for the two characters. It's worth the tears so don't forget to bring tissue! Jimpy

I would recommend it to:

Anyone who's in need of good vibes this week and is open to watching something fresh and unexpected.

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