On Saturday, March 17, Viva Films launched the latest film #NeverNotLoveYou of one the country’s hottest loveteams—JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre) with Antoinette Jadaone as the screenwriter and director.
Dubbed as a mature film for the two young stars since it tells the story of two young, carefree and reckless individuals who entered into a relationship, but soon leads to an abrupt ending when their respective dreams take them to separate paths and so as their choices tear them apart in the process.
Reid and Lustre returns on the big screen, and this latest romantic-drama is their sixth film together, and marks as their reunion film together with Jadaone after the series they did together in 2016-2017, titled ‘Till I Met You’.
James is Gio, a freelance graphic designer while Nadine is Joanne, brand manager for a direct-selling company. Their characters paint a situation that young couples would normally find themselves when faced with challenges in life; realizing that love is essential in every relationship but may not be enough to make it work for the longest time especially when living in a foreign land.
For the most part of the film, it was shot in London while additional scenes were taken in Manila and Zambales.
Love changes two people who are madly in love with each other, but life catches up on two people in their weakest points and it changes how they perceive and feel about love.
Gio and Joanne are young couple and they need to have two incomes in order to survive. Due to their works, it has affected their relationship and failed. This is one scenario that the young couple are facing in the story. Both actors are asked to tackle concerns on ‘unspoken expectations’ often lead to disappointment and miscommunication in a relationship.
Catch JaDine is their tender and intense love story to open on a Black Saturday, March 31 in cinemas nationwide.
The KenBie tandem that was born out from the successful romcom series—‘Meant to Be’ is back to make fans feel giddy via their first-ever film together—‘This Time I’ll be Sweeter’ with Joel Lamangan as the director and is set for a November 8 playdate in theaters nationwide.
In the film, Barbie Forteza is Erika and Ken Chan is Tristan; they were college sweethearts that didn’t last long. Like in any relationship, the former was left too devastated about the breakup.
After years of being apart—fate allowed reconnecting the former sweethearts. This time—Erika as a field reporter and Tristan as the manager of his family airline company. Because of a tragedy in the latter’s family—it paved the way for them to be closer once again. Being a love story, this film does not only tackle the romantic side but one’s struggles of being in a state of depression.
Coming from a light type of series—both admitted that they had to make certain adjustments in tackling their respective roles who are placed in a more mature and challenging situation. Banking on their ‘intimacy’ as friends has helped them both in making their heavy drama scenes easy to approach.
Erika and Tristan’s love story is a classic example of what Nishan Panwar described about falling in love, “It is very easy, staying in love is a challenge, letting go is the hardest part, and moving on is a damn suicide.”
Together with them in cast are Thea Tolentino (as the third party in the second chance of the protagonists’ love story), Ara Mina, Rey Abellana, Yayo Aguila, Neil Ryan Sese, Kim Rodriguez, Hiro Peralta, Akihiro Blanco, Jai Agpangan, Kaki Ramirez, Fiona Yang, Jon Leo and a lot more.
Despite being an animated film, this story written by Sunao Katabuchi-Chie Uratani, which is based on the manga titled—‘In This Corner of the World’ by Fumiyo Kōno definitely provides its audience the kind of drama set in the 1930s-1940s wartime in Hiroshima and Kure in Japan, roughly 10 years before and after the horrific atomic bombing.
In the film, a young woman named Suzu, innocent and is fond of drawing; she lived in a seaside town called Eba in Hiroshima City. At 18 years of age she married Shūsaku, an earnest and quiet man; who worked as a judicial officer at the military court in Kure.
Suzu opted to live with Shūsaku in Kure City. Her husband lived with his family located on a hillside in the suburbs of Kure, with a view of the Japanese Naval Fleet in the harbor, including the largest battleships, Yamato and Musashi. Suzu enjoys touching nature and viewing warships moving on the sea with her niece, Harumi.
One day, a navy sailor named Tetsu comes to see Suzu. He was her childhood friend, now assigned to the Japanese cruiser Aoba stationed in Kure. During the night, Shūsaku allowed Tetsu and Suzu to be alone with each other; thinking that it might be the last time for the two to see each other for war is on. Little did he know that Suzu and Tetsu loved each other and professed their feelings toward each other. They copulated that night as well.
In the springtime, Shūsaku is drafted by the Navy and temporarily quartered with troops in Otake City, 40 miles away from Kure.
As mentioned in the film’s logline—‘torn apart by war’—the relationship between Shūsaku and Suzu were also falling apart. It even got worst when the U.S. army began its air raids on the Japanese mainland, in Kure. In July, urban areas of Kure are firebombed and mostly burnt down. Suzu is nearly killed by a U.S. low-level strafing run, but saved by Shūsaku. But the inevitable tragedy happened—Suzu lost her brother Yōichi, her niece Harumi, and her right arm—the one she used to draw the things she sees and imagine. She suffered in depression, and planned to return to the relative safety of her hometown (Eba) in Hiroshima City in time for the local summer festival on August 6. But on the morning of that day, a huge and marvelous cloud was rolling up over the mountain from the direction of Hiroshima City. The atomic bombing horribly destroyed countless humans and buildings in Hiroshima City.
It distraught Suzu. Probably, anyone who find himself or herself in a similar situation as Suzu—one will definitely be in a nervous breakdown.
Watching the film will also open the viewers’ eyes on the perils of war. One can ask: ‘How do You Draw Love in the Middle of War?’
After the war, Shūsaku found a new job and began a new life with Suzu, again. The latter regained her motivation to get through life and still draw love for herself and others.
Directed by Sunao Katabuchi, featuring character designs by Hidenori Matsubara and music by Kotringo—it vividly captured the episodes and background of the story are based on facts and real incidents—the lost townscape of pre-war Hiroshima, the damaged Hiroshima due to the atomic bombing; accurately supported by old photos, documents, and the memories of living people.
Suzu’s battled the horrors of war and her depression, which the moviegoers can surely empathized with.
Now showing in theaters, catch it soon.
In 2016, The film won in the following awards—Hiroshima Peace Film Award (3rd Hiroshima International Film Festival) and Best Film (38th Yokohama Film Festival).