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Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita

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Music director  Von de Guzman
Director  Joel Lamangan
Screenplay  Ricky Lee
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Language  Tagalog Japanese English
Release date  December 25, 2004
Cast  Dennis Trillo (Ignacio), Judy Ann Santos (Inya), Raymart Santiago (Edilberto), Jay Manalo (Ichiru), Angelu de Leon (Maura)
Similar movies  Related Joel Lamangan movies

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.


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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 "Igna" 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 her affection, but becomes torn between fulfilling her duty to her country and her love for Ichiru.

Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita movie scenes This movie marks the second team up of Dennis Trillo and Judy Ann Santos who first worked together in the Metro Manila Film Fest entry Aishite Imasu 1941

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.

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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 told Ichiru. At first, he did not believe. Until he suffered a nightmare that he was holding his father's blood in front of the Americans. He tried to make love with Igna, but the latter refused. Ichiru revealed that he knew Ignacio is transgender and he never cares about it as long as he loves Igna.

A few years later, local guerrilla forces are 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 transgender friend Edna were released at Igna's request. A guerrilla raid sealed Igna, Ichiru and Akihiro's fates. As Igna returned to the camp after she warned Inya of the raid, she was caught along with Ichiru by Maura and Hiroshi. Igna was beaten. Ichiru escaped along with Akihiro and Igna. They returned to Tiyang Mabel's house, where Akihiro and Ichiru committed seppuku. Igna again was arrested by Maura and Hiroshi. The former was tortured until unconscious. Kapitan Berto (Inya) raided the town hall, rescued the mayor and Igna 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 soon as Inya and Igna got outside, Maura and her backup arrived. As she shoots Inya, Igna uses her body as cover and took the fatal shot. Inya's men open fired on Maura's vehicle, killing her and the Japanese inside. Igna's last words said she was a traitor, so she deserved a traitor's death.

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


  • Judy Ann Santos as Inya Marasingan Manalang/Commander Berto
  • Raymart Santiago as Edilberto Manalang
  • Jay Manalo as Ichiru Hamaguchi
  • Dennis Trillo as Ignacio Basa/ Igna
  • Marco Alcaraz as Akihiro Yorokobe
  • Angelu de Leon as Maura
  • Jacklyn Jose as Tiya Mabel
  • Yasmien Kurdi as Senyang
  • Anita Linda as Inya (old) (Judy Ann Santos)
  • T.J. Trinidad as Anton
  • Iya Villania as Julia
  • Tony Mabesa as the Mayor
  • Domingo Landicho as Assistant of the Mayor
  • Jim Pebanco as Edna
  • Virginia Joshen
  • References

    Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Wikipedia

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