Star Apps: Callan McAuliffe
“Kite” is an anime turned live-action movie about Sawa (India Eisley), a young prostitute who becomes an assassin to avenge her parents’ murders. You might think it’s another formulaic vigilante movie. However, bolstered by an engrossing revenge story, an expert performance by lead actor Callan McAuliffe (“The Great Gatsby,” “I Am Number Four”) as Sawa’s sidekick, Oburi, and thrilling action sequences, “Kite” soars.
Have you seen the original Japanese film? Yes, I saw it shortly after being cast in the film. It’s supremely violent and very, very sexual, and these are the things that don’t necessarily translate well into live action. They can sometimes, but with the superfluous level in the anime, it might not have been well received. We endeavored to keep the feel and intensity. But I thought the original was great fun, because the whole point was to distance yourself from reality, which is why I love watching movies.
Does “Kite” have a message? I would be hard-pressed to put a message to it. It speaks of family, and it speaks of friendship, and what gets the heroine through is surrounding herself with people with a good nature, as she’s struggling against people who just want something out of her. But that’s beating around the bush, to be h… [Read more]
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