Of course a review wouldn’t be a review without spoilers.
It raised a few eyebrows at first, not because of the ferocious, serious demeanor of Alessandra de Rossi, but by pairing her up with the last guy you’d think of to play as her leading man — Empoy Marquez.
I admit, the pairing seemed odd. But once you get a whip of its trailer and the depth of its movie, you’d think to yourself why Empoy hasn’t been playing bigger roles than the usual funny friend to matinee idols, because damn, he sure showed the pvblic what he had to offer — not just his comical quip, but his soft and caring side.
Kita Kita starts with Lea, played by de Rossi, who makes a living in Japan as a Filipino tour guide working in Sapporo.
Lea discovers that her Japanese fiance has been cheating on her with a fellow Filipina, and then she goes blind due to stress. Her life, her thoughts turn dark and she lets it eat her up, until Tonyo (Marquez) happened. Everyday, he would go to her house with home-cooked meals. After tons of Filipino dishes (sinigang included) together, she finally lets him into her home, as well as into her life.
Everything is as it is — raw and vivid. The captivating eyes of Alessandra will draw you in, the open the basket game will make you squeal with kilig, and the heartbreaking confession and the scenes that follow will make you pull out your hanky just in time to catch those small salty waves of water.
But I have to admit there was a part wherein it felt uncomfortably familiar when I started to equate Xian Gaza to Empoy’s Tonyo. As much as I didn’t want to, I saw some traits in Tonyo which were vaguely familiar to Gaza’s case with Erich Gonzales. But, I should take the good with the bad and note that there were qualities of Tonyo that weren’t as similar, like Tonyo not making a darn “NYEAM” video every week.
No, Tonyo was the boy-next-door. Literally. He was the light to her dark, the strength in her weakest times, the hand to hold you when you needed it the most. He saved her from going blind and shutting off the world.
It’s funny. Tonyo told her it was as if she was blind when she had 20/20 vision, because she never took notice of him. Now that Lea was blind, it’s as if she can see him for who he really is. It’s as if it was a blessing in disguise for Lea to truly see the beauty in people.
If you have to question yourself whether you want to watch it or not, don’t. You should. It’s an eyeopening experience which will leave you speechless at the very end (and maybe even in tears, just like the writer).
Kita Kita is Sigrid Bernardo’s latest masterpiece and for good reason. Catch it while you still can and enjoy the lessons you pick up from the movie. Have your own interpretation of numbers 1 to 10 and make it your own.