Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita

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Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
Directed by Joel Lamangan
Written by Ricardo Lee
Starring Judy Ann Santos
Raymart Santiago
Dennis Trillo
Jay Manalo see Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita cast
Release date(s) December 25, 2004
Running time 107 mins
Language Tagalog
Japanese
English

Aishite Imasu 1941 (from the Japanese 愛しています meaning I Love You; Tagalog title Mahal Kita 1941, “Mahal Kita” also meaning I love You) is a drama, romance, and war movie released in Philippines in 2004 and is a story of love, betrayal and honor in wartime set in the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines (1941–1945) during World War II. It is directed by Joel Lamangan. It is an official entry to 30th Metro Manila Film Festival.

Plot[edit]

The date is December 1941, and the simple folks of the quiet town of San Nicolas are unaware that war is nearing upon them. Inya (Judy Ann Santos) is a lovely young lady who had just married her childhood sweetheart Edilberto (Raymart Santiago) and they're excited about starting a new family. Ignacio Basa (Dennis Trillo) is Inya's best friend, a transgender woman who has been in love with the handsome Edilberto for years. Ignacio falls for Ichiru Hamaguchi (Jay Manalo) a Japanese Army official who returns his affection, but becomes torn between fulfilling his duty to his country and his love for Ignacio.

The arrival of the Japanese throws the town into chaos, days after the Japanese air raid in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7 - which marked the start of the war. Meanwhile, on December 8, Japanese air bombings included Manila, Baguio, Davao, Iba and Clark fields to signal the Japanese invasion to the Philippines.

But Edilberto, Inya and Ignacio aren't the only ones the war will change forever. Traitorous Japanese interpreter and local collaborator Maura (Angelu de Leon), strong-willed Tiyang Mabel (Jacklyn Jose), tough guy Anton (TJ Trinidad), and pure-hearted Julia (Iya Villania) also get caught in the winds of the war, and find themselves doing things they never thought they'd do... all for the hope of living and dying another day.

Starting on December 1941, the guerrilla leader captain Ediberto Manalang (Raymart Santiago) was named Commander Berto, and was supported by other local guerrilla forces in the town of San Nicolas during the Fall of the Philippines. Meanwhile, battles between the Japanese and USAFFE troops ends in the Battle of Bataan on 1942 and the Bataan Death March begins on April 9 of that year. 76,000 surrendered Filipino and American troops became Prisoners of War under Japanese hands. The defeated troops were forced to march from Bataan to Tarlac.Anton joined the guerrilla movement.Ignacio became the movement's spy inside the Japanese forces,catching Maura's suspicion.Anytime Kapitan Berto attacks a Japanese patrol,the latter burns a village and executes suspected guerrilla members under direction from Maura.Inya is also suspected as a Japanese spy and tortured by the guerrillas.

She revealed Ignacio's secret to Hiroshi,who in turn said it to Ichiru.At first,he never believed.Until he suffered a nightmare that he was holding his father's blood in front of the Americans.He tried to make love with Ignacio,but the latter refused.Ichiru revealed that he knew Ignacio is gay and he never cares about it as long as he loves Igna.

A few years later, local guerrilla forces led by Captain Inya Marasingan Manalang, who replaced Commander Berto in 1943 after Edilberto died during a Japanese attack on their camp.The Japanese retaliated with brutality,hanging the mayor and others.Anton and Igna's gay friend was released at Igna's request.A guerrilla raid sealed Igna,Ichiru and Akihiro's fates.As Igna returned to the camp after he warned Inya of the raid,he was caught along with Ichiru by Maura and Hiroshi.Ignacio was beaten.Ichiru escaped along with Akihiro and Igna.They returned to Tiyang Mabel's house,where Akihiro and Ichiru committed seppuku.Ignacio again was arrested by Maura and Hiroshi.The former was tortured until unconscious.Kapitan Berto (Inya) raided the town hall,rescued the mayor and Ignacio and eliminated the Japanese garrison,at the cost of several resistance members,including Anton who was shot by Hiroshi,until the latter was also killed.As Inya and Igna was outside,Maura and her backup arrived.As she shoots Inya,Ignacio uses his body as cover and took the fatal shot.Inya's men opened fire on Maura's vehicle,killing her and the Japanese inside.Ignacio's last words said he was a traitor,so he deserved a traitor's death.

Many decades and many coercions later,she told the whole truth about what happened during the time.As the mayor and the historian discusses future plans,she left them.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Organization Category Name of Recipient
2005 Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Best Production Design Joey Luna
2005 Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Best Sound Ramon Reyes
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Picture Regal Entertainment Inc. and BASFILM Productions
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Director Joel Lamangan
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Supporting Actor Jay Manalo
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Editing Marya Ignacio
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Production Design Joey Luna
2005 Gawad Pasado 3rd Best Picture Regal Entertainment Inc. and BASFILM Productions
2005 Gawad Pasado Best Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 Gawad Pasado Best Supporting Actor Jay Manalo
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best New Movie Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 ENPRESS Golden Screen Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 Gawad Tanglaw Best Supporting Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 Young Critics Circle Best Performance by Male or Female, Adult or Child, Individual or Ensemble in Leading or Supporting Role Dennis Trillo
2004 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines[1] 3rd Best Picture Regal Entertainment Inc. and BASFILM Productions
Best Supporting Actor Dennis Trillo
Most Gender Sensitive Film Regal Entertainment Inc. and BASFILM Productions

Nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Name of Recipient
2005 Filipino Academy of Arts and Sciences Best Picture Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
2005 Filipino Academy of Arts and Sciences Best Director Joel Lamangan
2005 Filipino Academy of Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Angelu de Leon
2005 Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actor Dennis Trillo
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Sound
2005 Film Academy Of The Philippines Best Musical Scoring
2005 Gawad Pasado Best Actress Judy Ann Santos
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Picture Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Director Joel Lamangan
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Actress Judy Ann Santos
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Original Screenplay
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Editor
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Production Designer
2005 PMPC Star Awards for Movies Best Original Theme Song
2005 ENPRESS Golden Screen Best Sound
2005 ENPRESS Golden Screen Best Original Song
2004 Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines[1] Best Actress Judy Ann Santos
Best Actor Raymart Santiago

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Metro Manila Film Festival:2004". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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