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

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