Kita Kita: The Unpopular Opinion

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Kita Kita (I see you) is a 2017 Filipino romantic-comedy movie starring Empoy Marquez and Alessandra De Rossi.

Mostly shot in the beautiful city of Sapporo, Japan, it tells the story of Lea (Alessandra De Rossi), who experienced temporary blindness after discovering her boyfriend cheating with one of her friends. She then have her heart hardened afterwards.

Enter Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) who came to the rescue as the energetic, bubbly, neighbor, who kept on talking, bordering annoying, to Lea every single day. Lea finally went along, and the two got close within the span of two weeks, going out places, touring around Hokkaido, and softening Lea’s walls until Tonyo’s untimely (and might I add, stupid, who crosses the street when you know there’s a rush of cars approaching?) death. Lea then discovers that Tonyo had already known her beforehand as she went to Tonyo’s house with the key he previously gave. Tonyo narrates in a letter he was to give to Lea that he was the homeless she was giving all those cabbages to, the banana that complemented her heart the evening it was broken by her boyfriend skipping their date, and the one who rescued and was there when she fell to the ground when her vision started getting blurry and lost consciousness.

The following is just my opinion. I am no movie critic by a long shot. I just needed to put in text what I felt.

I enjoyed the film. There is no doubt in that. It was funny with all the punch lines and witty banters of the two main characters. However, at the back of mind, I could not help but think that this is a fine example of a “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” concept to some extent, only, it’s not the girl character who exhibits the characteristics, but the boy instead.

“A Manic Pixie Dream Girl or MPDG, is a term coined by film critic Nathan Rabin after seeing Elizabethtown. It refers to “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.” A pretty, outgoing, whacky female romantic lead whose sole purpose is to help broody male characters lighten up and enjoy their lives. ”

– Urban Dictionary

Tonyo (Empoy Marquez) is a deviation from your usual leading man – hunk, buff, rich, and famous. He is not that good-looking if you look at him from the society’s POV. He is not rich (although I wonder how much he has saved up to afford all those trips he had with Lea when he was practically jobless at the time). What he is, is a funny (the characteristic you associate, usually, with side characters), chatty, kinda creepy and stalker-ish guy, who helped Lea survived her temporary blindness phase and get back on with her life, and who conveniently disappeared (or died) seconds after Lea got her vision back.

So forgive me for otherwise thinking Kita Kita as a movie with a fresh take on the romantic side wherein the leading man is not a Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Curz, Paulo Avelino, or insert-name-of-who-is-popular-at-the-moment), it was a movie that actually exploits the stereotype for the funny-but-not-good looking male characters. It sure is different from your usual rom-com formula, but the difference is on the expense of another character.

I get that it became wildly popular because the leading man is a funny-but-not-good looking-guy who gets to be the leading man nonetheless but does it change anything?

No, because in the end, the funny-but-not-good looking guy still DID NOT GET THE GIRL.

 

P.S. Here’s a slam I really love describing Manic Pixie Dream Girl from Olivia Gatwood.

Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Olivia Gatwood

The Origin

This is the post excerpt.

I’m the upper bunk kid.

The one always on top.

When i was a kid. It seems like an honor, a privilege, who doesn’t like being on top? So I fought with my sister to win the space on top when our parents first bought a double deck in elementary (We have a younger brother but he always gets the solo, coz he’s a guy and all).

Eventually, I learned that being on top is such a hassle. It’s so tiring to climb down every morning when you wake up. It’s so annoying when you forgot something when you’re already down and the thing you forgot is way across the far edge of the upper bunk (although it drives your creativity when you’re lazy, haha).

I stayed on top until our parents, my mother specifically, decided to pull another of her “new-year-new-arrangement” motto which is like her subtle version of “room-is-dirty-we-need-to clean-up. But I have never silently thanked her that time because now the double-deck was sawed into two single beds so nobody will be on top, nobody is considered the bottom.

Fast forward, college time, starting 2nd yr specifically, I’ve once again found myself spending three years of college life as the upper bunk kid, and it seems not enough. Even right now when I am already working, as I write the origin of why I titled my page “The Upper Bunk Kid,” I’m stomach-faced, legs dangling, sprawled at my current upper bunk.

It may not be a big deal but realizing this inspired me to start this blog.

And just to let it have a deeper meaning (chos!), maybe I’ve always spend my time on top, and by on top, it does not necessarily mean that I am good at everything, coz i’m so far from that. On top, in this context, is having the “illusion” that everybody’s focus is me, where my every move, every decision I make will be judged and compared to others. I perfectly have it in my head that it’s no use comparing my Chapter 1 to other’s Chapter 20, but I still couldn’t help it. Although, I am trying hard to do so.

 

So yeah, this is me, the upper bunk kid and here is where I’ll share my story.