THE MOVIE POSTER
I don’t think much people pay attention on this kind of thing, but I do. As a book lover, the cover always plays a big role for me. I heard so many good reviews about this movie; and then I found out that it took place in Sapporo, Japan. I was completely into it!
The first thing I noticed was how they changed the first “I” in “Kita” into a banana. (It was typical to have that heart period, though. Most of us did that even once in our lives. 😂) After watching, you will know why. I LOVE THAT THERE’S ALREADY THAT CONCEPT.
Having Japan as the setting, I love how they used Katakana. Genius. They really paid attention to every little detail.
キ = Ki ; タ = Ta
AAAA THE SENBAZURU. THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR WISH COME TRUE. I have a soft spot for Japanese culture and just everything JPN. I don’t know. Growing up watching all animés you could think of is to be blamed.
This is probably one of the funniest scenes in the movie! Though, I wonder why this was chosen among the many that showcased a great cinematography (hello, it’s Japan! You can’t expect less). Either way, it’s interesting and I love the color blending.
Basically, Lea (Alessandra) lives in Sapporo as a Tour Guide. She got temporary blindness because of too much stress. That’s where Tonyo (Empoy) enters the picture. It seems typical at first, but I love the perspective distribution of both characters.
If you have seen Always, it is somehow like that. This certain thing that leads to another and to another. Though, in Always, we just saw a single scenario that was the major plot twist. The whole Kita Kita is the major plot twist itself. This just shows that there are always two sides of the story (or more) and how a single act can change someone’s entire life.
It’s funny but it has its fair share of depth. Sometimes, things are not just what it is. Sometimes, it’s more.
If you are a Filipino, you probably know how Empoy can be so amusing! Just looking at him makes me want to crack up so bad – it’s his charm and humor.
I doubted how Alessandra and Empoy would click, but they actually did! They are the most natural actors. Everything just seems so genuine. It’s not hard to relate to Lea and Tonyo, to be honest. It was so heartfelt. You will love them both!
Okay, so here’s what I think in general. It has its flaws (some ideas are completely vague). Nevertheless, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. You know me, though. I like going to details (without being spoiler) so if you may..
You may think why in Japan? I have no idea. Hahahaha! But here’s my guess: Lea was an orphan. That must be why she left the Philippines and why not Japan? She mentioned that her parents already passed away and she was left with distant relatives. I love how they input Japanese culture in the story (why wouldn’t they when they shoot in Japan in the first place). It’s plausible.
It’s kinda cliché but not in its entirety. That typical funny guy with its flowery words and stuff. The girl falling for the humor. There are times that I have anticipated what was going to happen and I’d be like “That’s it? I expected more,” when I thought we were already at the end. Little did I know! The ending is just completely different than the other movies I’ve seen.
The soundtrack: Two Less Lonely People In The World. Lea and Tonyo found happiness again in each other. But, I think it’s kind of unfair for Lea’s character because she suffered so much pain than all the cast combined. I still keep thinking how is she right now and what happens next for her. I love that kind of story that will really make me sympathize with the characters.
My concern for Lea was indescribable. I hope she gets through it. Will she leave Japan after everything bad that has happened to her? Will she find herself back again? She deserves better.
We found ourselves just staring at the screen as the credits rolled in.
It was funny as much as it was heartbreaking—in the worst possible way.
Let me know your thoughts about it! 🙂