Kita Kita (I See You) (Philippines, 2017)
I failed to see this movie during its theatrical run last year. But when I saw it on Netflix, I immediately watched it and see for myself why this film was called a sleeper hit.
The film stars Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, who are an unlikely love team if you’re going to base it on the current standards of what love teams in Philippine movies should be. Alessandra is a good dramatic actress who started young in the show business, while Empoy is a comedian whom we use to see more in supportive roles.
Alessandra plays Lea, a Filipina working as a tourist guide in Japan. The story opens when Lea is talking to her sister (also living in Japan) about deferring her wedding to Nobu for next year. She says that Nobu is just busy with his work and they haven’t finalized things yet.
While waiting for Nobu in a beer garden, Lea catches Nobu and her half-Filipina/half-Japanese friend Aiko together locked in each other’s arms. Feeling betrayed, she walks out of the beer garden but feels something strange with her vision until she fainted.
Then it cuts to the next scene when she’s temporarily blind because of the stress she felt. A new neighbor named Tonyo (played by Empoy), who is also a Filipino, comes to introduce himself to her. This makes Lea annoyed that she tries to dismiss him. But with Tonyo’s persistence, the two became friends.
A love story between a blind girl and a not-so-handsome man starts to bloom. He is funny that he is able to bring out the best in her, despite being blind. Viewers are buying the love story.
But just as when Lea’s sight returns, Tonyo dies in an accident. This tragic story doesn’t end there. Lea goes to Tonyo’s apartment and finds out the truth about him.
The film is shot in Sapporo, Japan. The love theme is a remake of Air Supply’s Two Less Lonely People In The World interpreted by KZ Tandingan. This is produced by actor Piolo Pascual and director Joyce Bernal. What is astonishing to know is the budget was only Php 10 million but it earned Php 320 million in its whole theatrical run.
I’ll rate this film 4 out of 5 stars. Why?
First, I may not buy the temporary blindness issue. I know stress could do a lot of things to our body. But then again, the story may be different if Lea goes permanently blind.
And because the second and third reasons contain spoilers, I will just keep my pen shut.