I compare my feeling after watching “Kita Kita” to having a somewhat similar feeling after watching “My Sassy Girl” before, one of my favorite Korean movies of all time. Maybe so because these two films have the same genre, that of romantic comedy that will really tug at your heartstrings.
Even though I’ve hesitantly read some of my Facebook friends’ posts with spoilers here and there of the film, I was still caught pleasantly surprised on how the movie turned out and how it affected me. (Don’t worry, I will do my best not to add any more spoilers here – OK, maybe just a little bit. Haha!)
These were just three of my takeaways after having my heart and mind willingly toyed with by both the actors and creators of this film:
- Love comes from the most unexpected places.
The movie was set mostly in the quaint and quiet city of Sapporo in the islands of Hokkaido, Japan. This is where our two OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) protagonists, Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) and Lea (Alessandra de Rossi), met.
After the second tragic incident in the movie happened, the film went through the backstory of what Tonyo was going through before he met Lea. When I saw this part, I began to appreciate more the movie’s redemptive value of having a chance to find love again for both parties.
- Wonderful things are happening around you, even without you knowing them.
When the film went through the moving scenes of Tonyo’s backstory, it was revealed that there were actually several situations where interesting things were already happening in favor of Lea without her knowing all of them.
This part really struck a chord in me because sometimes in our life, we feel like there’s not much progress happening when in fact, so many good things are already waiting to unfold if we will only take risks.
- The best way to truly love someone is to know that one day, they will be gone too.
Spoiler alert: this movie ended in tragedy. But you’d still take it lightly because of how they turned the situations around to make the impact less painful and more bearable.
In a way, that’s a good insight to take with you because all of us will go through painful times in our lives. And if we don’t know how to deal with the hurt and sufferings that’s part of the packaged deal this life has to offer, we cannot survive, and even thrive.
This movie made me laugh, made me misty-eyed, and reminded me of valuable life lessons.
Here’s the trailer of “Kita Kita” for you to enjoy!