‘Kung Paano Siya Nawala’ review: A romantic film on letting go out of love

Director Joel Ruiz crafts an extraordinary story about love and heartbreak with the fresh team-up of Rhian Ramos and JM de Guzman in Kung Paano Siya Nawala.

The new romantic film Kung Paano Siya Nawala answers the classic question: Is it possible for the heart to remember what the mind forgets? At its center, is Lio (JM De Guzman), a young, solitary man whose ‘face blindness’ condition makes him hard to foster relationships with other people, and Shana (Rhian), a young, carefree woman who lives life to the fullest. Lio who lives an inhibited life opens up and later falls in love with Shana who harbors secrets of her own. Together, they struggle to build a relationship due to Lio’s condition and family drama.

The film particularly revolves around Lio and the difficulties in his life – his broken family, his loneliness, and his condition. While the film successfully paints Lio as a multi-dimensional being with the help of his flaws, it doesn’t dive much deep however into Shana’s manic pixie dream girl persona. Sometimes, she can be one-dimensional, with the film only spilling out her basic facts – she loves rescuing dogs, she has a complicated relationship with her family, and all of her obscure past defines who she is at the moment. This level of ambiguity also contributes in their struggle to keep their relationship going. Nevertheless, all those issues whether manifested through dramatic confrontations or just simply swept under the rug, will really tug into your heartstrings.

Director Joel Ruiz crafts an extraordinary story about love and heartbreak with the help of a great cast. JM does a wonderful job in portraying a character that would make us empathize with his difficulties. His strange and interesting condition will reel you in and the scenes where he mistakenly see people for someone else makes us care for him. Rhian, on the other hand, plays a simple yet charismatic woman that makes the audiences fall in love with her. It helps that she and her character almost share the same personality. As for the leads’ chemistry, Rhian and JM has a magnetic appeal to match up the film’s technical qualities and sell it’s heartfelt message. Apart from the unique and extraordinary love story, local band Up Dharma Down lends a soulful and poignant unreleased track entitled ‘Anino’.

To cut to the chase, the film’s message is capped off by Shana’s line in the trailer – that love transcends beyond physical recognition and it’s best remembered with the emotions you once had with the person. What makes this film good is it’s a realistic take on modern relationship plus, it ends up by giving its viewers the hope to love despite whatever troubled past that binds us today – whether it’s a broken family, alcohol and substance addiction, a mental disorder, or jealousy from a previous partner. Its an unapologetic film that tells us to weigh in the reasons why we love someone in the first place and try to take a chance on those feelings again.

Kung Paano Siya Nawala opens in cinemas nationwide on November 14, 2018.


4 out of 5 stars

Directed by Joel Ruiz. Written by Joel Ruiz and Aldy Adlawan. Starring Rhian Ramos, JM de Guzman, Agot Isidro, Barbara Ruaro, and Ricky Davao. Produced by TBA Studios and Arkeofilms.

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2’ takes arcade friendship to the Web

Are you ready, internet?

On November 21, video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz will be back on the big screen in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. In this follow-up to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, the best pals leave the video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive, and fast-paced world of the internet—which can be both incredibly exciting and overwhelming, depending on who you ask.

Says director Rich Moore, “They’re like a couple of small-town kids who venture into the big city. One falls in love with the city, while the other one can’t wait to go home.”

“Ralph is in love with the life that he has,” adds director Phil Johnston. “But Vanellope is ready for a change—she wants to spread her wings a little. That creates conflict within their friendship, which becomes the heart of the story.”

When the sequel begins, things are going well in the arcade—Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (voiced by Sarah Silverman) happily complete their duties in their games during the day and hang out together in their neighboring arcade games at night. But Vanellope is starting to get bored with the routine. To help his friend out, Ralph tries to make Sugar Rush more exciting, only to start a chain of events that leads to a crucial part of the game being broken. To save the game, Ralph and Vanellope must go to the unfamiliar world of the internet to look for the part in a place called eBay.

Says Pamela Ribon, who wrote the screenplay with Johnston, “Ralph and Vanellope have never heard of the internet, much less eBay, but Litwak has installed a router, so the arcade is actually online for the first time. They decide to take the leap into this unknown world and travel to the internet in order to find the crucial part and save Vanellope’s game.”

NAVIGATING THE NET – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz venture to the internet for a replacement part for her game, Sugar Rush. The world wide web is expansive and exciting with an elaborate transportation system Ralph and Vanellope find themselves squeezing into en route to one of their first internet destinations. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly as the voice of Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018. ©Disney. All Rights Reserved.
A whole new world (wide web)

Exploring the world wide web did not just overwhelm Ralph, it intimidated the filmmakers at the start, too! “It never stopped being intimidating,” shares director of story Jim Reardon with a laugh. “We looked at how we could make the internet relatable on a human level—like how Game Central Station, a.k.a the power strip, mirrored a train station in the first movie. In Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, any person who uses the internet has a little avatar version of themselves that does their business for them.”

According to director Moore, the possibilities were both exciting and overwhelming. “We were too naive to realize how overwhelming it would be,” he says. “It was the perfect setting for the story we wanted to tell.”

Producer Clark Spencer agrees. “Nothing else was even pitched,” he says. “Going into the ultra-modern world of the internet was not only a nice contrast to the first film’s nod to the arcade, it offered unlimited possibilities. We could actually personify retail sites, social media, and search engines—we could give people a look inside their computers when they go online.”

A lot of careful planning and ingenious creativity went into building the vast and modern world of the internet into the retro world of Wreck-It Ralph. But despite the scale of the sequel’s setting, the heart of the film remains the same: the friendship between Ralph and Vanellope.

“Ralph and Vanellope are imperfect characters,” says Moore. “But we love them because of their flaws. Their friendship is so genuine—the chemistry between them so engaging—that I think we were all anxious to know more about these characters.”

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opens in Philippine cinemas November 21. Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #RalphBreaksTheInternet

About Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits Phiippine theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

WATCH: Hero dog Max takes trip to the vet in first trailer for ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’

“We love our pets. But how well do we really know them?” Watch the brand new trailer for Pictures and llumination’s new comedy The Secret Life of Pets 2, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 2016 global hit.

Check out the trailer below and watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 in Philippine cinemas 2019.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About The Secret Life of Pets 2

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax).