Live-Action Kite Film to Open in Japan in April
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The live-action film based on Yasuomi Umetsu's 1998 action anime Kite will open in Japanese theaters on April 11. The film stars India Eisley (Underworld: Awakening, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby), and Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Django Unchained). Ralph Ziman directed the film off a screenplay by Brian Cox, with Anant Singh and Moisés Cosío producing.
The film's official website gives the synopsis of the film:
Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley,"The Secret Life of the American Teenager," Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa's mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father's ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.
Hulu is also streaming Media Blasters' HD transfer of the original anime:
The live-action film screened at Otakon on August 8, and then it premiered on DirecTV on August 28. The film opened in North American cinemas last October. In addition to opening in theaters, it is available via video on demand. In the United Kingdom, Anchor Bay has been distributing the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc since October 13.
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