Movie Review: Kita Kita (I See You)


Saw the trailer for Kita Kita (I See You) around the last week of June this year. I really thought that the movie was interesting because the actors are not the usual “love team” that is trending among the younger generations. I felt that the movie is different, not the typical Filipino romantic comedies that I have been avoiding for years. Naaahhh… I am not bitter. I watch other rom-com. It is just that for the past few years, Filipino movies follow a certain formula that almost every movie is predictable.

The Plot

The story is about two Filipinos living in Japan who found themselves in an unusual friendship after Lea (Alessandra de Rosi), a tourist guide in the city of Sapporo for more than a decade, fell into a predicament of temporary blindness. Tonyo (Empoy Marquez), her next-door neighbor, introduced himself to her and made effort to cheer her up despite being rejected for several times. He finally persuaded her to guide him around the city as his tour guide and as they spent more time together, they fell in love.

The Cinematography

What amazes me is how the film was made. The storytelling was definitely NOT mainstream. The story was told in a contrasting manner making you understand the two main characters’ perspective on how they looked at each other. The character development was also well established that seeing them grow together onscreen was amazing to watch. The director also captured awesome angle of Sapporo City that would make you want to visit the place.

My Cinema Cents

When Kita Kita hit the big screen, I didn’t watch immediately because I just wanted to know the ending. I felt that the trailer looked like it has shown the entire movie already. But since I haven’t seen any spoilers from my friends, I decided to watch it at Ayala Centrio Mall. AND GUESS WHAT?! The trailer is just a glimpse of an amazing story untold. You might say you already have a gist of what’s it about, but seeing its entirety is way so different. The movie deserves to be seen on the big screen. From the recent Filipino movie releases, after General Luna, Kita Kita is one of the movies that makes me want to watch locally produced movies on the big screen again. So please, don’t look for a Kita Kita full movie online. Go watch it on the big screen. The movie is really worth it!

This movie is rated PG-13. Younger audiences below 13 years old should be accompanied by an adult. It runs 1 hour and 24 minutes. Genre: Romance, Comedy.

Kita Kita is still showing in selected cinemas in the Philippines. You can visit your nearest local theater or book online via

Lifestyle Mommy Blogger and Virtual Assistant from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Aside from doing product reviews and events coverage, she blogs about solo parenting, homeschooling, and things in between.


  • Verna

    True Mommy! Exactly the reasons why this movie was received so well and got good reviews from all over. Wish many more brilliant film gurus will come up with scripts as astounding as this… Wish I could visit Saporro na rin hehehe!

  • JCP

    Me just found out about the film when i check the fb page of philboxoffice and was curious since it rank 1st. Then i started googling it and have read tons of good feedback. So i decided to see it in cinema my worry then is its already in the 3rd week and as far i know only SC movie will run that long in cdo cinema. Thank God ayala centrio still showing it. I enjoyed the movie a lot. Best romcom ever!

  • Blair villanueva

    I haven’t watch Filipino films for I guess a decade coz the Filipino plots are so predictable. However Kita Kita seems an interesting to watch, well I find it attractive because it is shoot in Sapporo. That gives a huge impact.
    Am seeing many tourist boring their tickets to Sapporo after this movie release.

  • Ando Macalinao

    “Kita Kita” emerges as an out-of-the-ordinary film in its down-to-earth honesty, subtly exuding magic in the ordinariness of the created story of Lea and Tonyo and the very casual portrayal of the main actors, under the extra-careful handling of the director. The non-blockbuster tandem of Alessandra and Empoy makes the quiet intensity of honesty embedded in true friendship stand out. It’s a kilig film in its core, deliberately shedding off the usually expected flirt. (The amusing lines and gestures are just right.) The kilig lies in the film’s unpretentious way of touching the soul; it unravels the depth and sparks of a true and honest love―in the ordinariness of life.

  • Janice

    Ooohhh so that’s what this movie is about! I’ve seen some friends of mine make comments about it on Facebook but didn’t really bother to learn more because like you, I’ve been avoiding Pinoy romcoms for the past several years. This one sounds like it’s worth watching though.

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