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Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo give their own take of Kenji and Athena in movie version of She's Dating the Gangster. She's Dating the Gangster is a Filipino teen romantic comedy-drama film based on Kelay, on the other hand, shows a picture of a young Kenji with another girl. . "VIDEO: She's Dating The Gangster Full Trailer". "Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta to Join KathNiel's "She's Dating The Gangster"". PHOTO Star Cinema, GIFs Tumblr. 1. Athena finally agrees to be Kenji's pretend girlfriend. From that 10 Moments From The Book That We Need To See In She's Dating The Gangster Movie . kathryn bernardo · she's dating.
Kelay, on the other hand, shows a picture of a young Kenji with another girl. The people notice that the young Kenji looks like Kenneth, while the girl in the picture looks like Kelay. This caused a ruckus, with members of the media asking if Kelay and Kenneth are siblings. Confirming that the girl on the picture is not his mother and Kelay is not his sister, only Kenneth is asked by the airline officer for his contact details.
Kenneth wanted Kelay to tell him who the girl in the picture is, but Kelay bargains that she would only tell him if he agrees to notify her once the airline contacts Kenneth for information regarding Kenji. Because all flights to Legazpi are booked, Kenneth decided to travel by bus but all tickets have been sold. He oversleeps while waiting for a new slot so Kelay got the tickets for the two of them.
Athena, not knowing from whom the messages are from, agrees to meet up with the sender. On a pool hall, Athena and her friend Sarah are keen on playing pool.
Kenji arrives and demands that they transfer to another pool table. Moments later, she witnessed Kenji being bullied by a rival group of gangsters. They tease him that "Bee" would not show up. Hearing this, Athena realizes that the messages were sent by Kenji.
After the incident, Kenji found out that he sent the messages mistakenly to Athena Dizon.
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He confronts and kisses her forcefully, telling Athena that she will be his girlfriend since she is the reason Kenji got mugged. Athena has to pretend to be his girlfriend in order to get Abi jealous. At first, Athena refuses and Kenji bullies her.
She eventually agreed when Kenji attempts to commit suicide by jumping from the school's rooftop if she did not become his girlfriend. From then on, Athena was treated like a princess with Kenji providing her bodyguards.
Girls in their school start bullying Athena for being Kenji's new girlfriend. Kenji confronts them and warns them that no one can hurt Athena without consequences. Athena and Kenji's pretend relationship eventually became real and the two confess their love for each other.
He takes her to Legazpi to see the Mayon Volcano and promises that someday they will get married in that place with the volcano as their witness.
Back to the present, Kenneth receives a call from present day Lucas that the latter wanted to help look for Kenji. On their way, Lucas then continues the story of Athena and Kenji and why they did not end up with each other.
When Athena and Kenji got back to Manila, Kenji started frequently absenting from class. Athena then gets notified by the young Lucas that she should come with him to the hospital. Carlos Siguion-Reyna's Hihintayin Kita sa Langit I Will Wait For You in Heaven,the quintessential Filipino film adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta as lovers doomed by both man and fate's cruelty, represented what could probably be the last hurrah for mature romantic tearjerkers, paving the way for stories of teenagers and their first romances.
Cathy Garcia-Molina's adaptation of Bianca Bernardino's She's Dating the Gangster, the Nicholas Spark-esque novelette about another lovesick girl falling for the coolest guy in the campus, could have gone the way all the other commercially successful teen rom-coms went before it.
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Bernardino's story, which curiously ends in tragedy, has all the makings of a swoony hit, especially with all its outrageously blatant manifestations of juvenile love. In the novelette, Athena, a normal girl in campus, is forced by Kenji, the campus' top mischief-maker, to pretend to be his girlfriend to make his ex, who is also named Athena, jealous enough to want to come back to him.
As with all love stories of this type, the pretences dissipate, giving way for what seems to be true love, which would be abruptly stopped by some mean twist of fortune, which in this very unoriginal case, is a fatal disease. Garcia-Molina, thankfully, has more adventurism than most of her peers who would have gone the route of simply filming the novel as is, as what Andoy Ranay did in his adaptation of Diary ng Panget The Ugly's Diary, Garcia-Molina's adaptation, which innovates to cover the obvious derivativeness of Bernardino's text, is simply put, offers a stark improvement over the original material.
A variation of Bernardino's love story between Athena Kathryn Bernardo and Kenji Daniel Padillaset in the 90's instead of the novelette's original timeline, is sandwiched within the beginnings of the blossoming romance between Athena's niece and Kenji's son, who are also played by Bernardo and Padilla.
The niece and the son have been serendipitously forced into a mission to reunite middle-aged Athena and Kenji played by Hihintayin Kita sa Langit's Zulueta and Gomez respectively who have been separated by mysterious circumstances.
Predictably, Athena and Kenji's love story has more meat. The niece and the son's romance feels more like an afterthought, a way to further capitalize the masses' interest on Bernardo and Padilla's popular love team. Nevertheless, Garcia-Molina drapes Athena and Kenji's narrative with a crazed mix of kitsch and nostalgia for what the 90's represented in Philippine pop culture.
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It is the era of paged messages, tie-dyed tees, gaudy bandanas, garish plaids, and denim vests, all of which are remnants of a generation fed with movies and television shows starring Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin.
She's Dating the Gangster is rightfully colorful, evoking every bit of the 90's trademark tack. The tragedy invented by Bernardino has been creatively subdued. Star Cinema undoubtedly protested the grim end of Athena and Kenji, as told by the book.
It has to be a happy ending, for the sake of profitable escapism.
Thus, instead of death as the payment for love, Garcia-Molina chose the reality of not being with the one you love, of waiting, of eventually settling.