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‘Kite’ Blu-ray Review

27 October 2014 4:14 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes, Deon Lotz, DeVille Vannik, Zane Meas, Lionel Newton, Jaco Muller, Terence Bridgett | Written by Brian Cox | Directed by Ralph Ziman

Yasuomi Umetsu’s (chief animator for Arms Corporation who has also worked as a designer on Akira, Spriggan, Elfen Lied and Casshern) original anime Kite was, when first released in 1998, a highly controversial graphic story of hard, gory action and illicit eroticism. Banned in certain countries across the globe due to its scenes of rape and revenge, in Japan it has sold nearly a million DVD units.  It has also been released in Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Russian, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States – where it remains popular; yet the original Ova and its sequel, have never had a UK release. In fact this Us film adaptation is the first time the franchise has been legitimately available in this country. »

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Kite | Review

8 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Go Fly One: Ziman’s Anime Adaptation a Denuded, Unnecessary Endeavor

Those familiar with Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 fifty minute anime of the same name will be sorely disappointed in Ralph Ziman’s modernized update of the controversial Kite. But a faithful, live action rendition would have crossed the boundaries and limits of what defines exploitation cinema since we’re talking about an orphaned school girl sex slave assassin. A more fitting nod came from Quentin Tarantino, who culled the origin tangent of O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill from Umetsu, in an anime sequence deemed too violent for live action. While a faithful adaptation would have seemed gratuitous, this end product is unable to elicit any kind of response at all, feeling utterly uninspired in look, tone, or content.

In a ravaged world facing the after effects of a global financial collapse, a young girl in Johannesburg named Sawa (India »

- Nicholas Bell

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Kite Movie Coming To Theatres And VOD on October 10 – Stars Samuel L. Jackson & India Eisley

25 September 2014 3:07 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the trailer for Anchor Bay Entertainment’s upcoming thriller Kite, starring India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson. Available now on DirecTV, Kite will be released in theatres and on VOD on October 10th.

Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, Kite tells the story of Sawa, India Eisley, (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), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.

India Eisley is a born actress – really – her mother is Olivia Hussey, »

- Michelle McCue

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New Kite Poster Spotlights India Eisley As 'Sawa'

19 August 2014 4:17 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

A cult classic, by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality, concerns a young woman named Sawa who, after the murder of her parents, is taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective employing homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained to kill, she exacts street justice against the detective’s chosen targets, until she is able to break free of the abusive and manipulative control he has over her. Kite stars Samuel L. Jackson as Karl Aker, India Eisley as Sawa, Callan McAuliffe as Oburi, Russel Savadier as Old Boy, Jaco Muller as Kratsov, Liam J. Stratton as Sawa's Father and Keci Eatock as Young Sawa. The movie hits DirecTV on August 28th, and VOD and theatres on October 10th., Callan McAuliffe as Oburi, Russel Savadier as Old Boy, Jaco Muller as Kratsov, Liam J. Stratton as Sawa's Father and Keci »

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Watch Samuel L. Jackson in New Clip From Live-Action Adaptation Of Japanese Anime 'Kite'

15 August 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

One of several projects on his upcoming slate, here's a new clip featuring Samuel L. Jackson in the live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese anime film "Kite," which The Weinstein Company acquired worldwide rights to last year. Samuel L. Jackson stars alongside India Eisley in the film adaptation with South African director Ralph Ziman, helming. "Kite," in short, centers on a young girl named Sawa (Eisley) orphaned in her early teens, after her parents are brutally murdered, who becomes a hitman (or is it hitwoman?), and, with the help of her father's ex-partner Karl Aker (played by Samuel L. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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McAuliffe takes the indie route

29 July 2014 7:01 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Callan McAuliffe in Beneath The Harvest Sky.

After Callan McAuliffe landed roles in two studio films, Flipped and I Am Number Four, several years ago, the teenager says he naively expected a glittering Hollywood career would ensue.

That.s now how the actor.s career has panned out but he shot four indie movies around the world in the past 18 months, working with Samuel L. Jackson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson.

.I am no A-lister,. the Los Angeles-based McAuliffe, 19, told If today on a visit to Sydney as a national ambassador for Unicef promoting children.s rights. "I would rather be a working actor than a mega-famous star..

.I have to audition for every role but when you get the job, it.s very rewarding. I.ve been very fortunate, with a bit of luck and hard work. I have done some diverse movies, although some are not my type of movie. »

- Don Groves

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Sdcc poster for anime adaptation Kite starring Samuel L. Jackson

24 July 2014 11:13 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thanks to IGN, we’ve got a look at the San Diego Comic-Con poster for the upcoming anime adaptation Kite, which stars Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) alongside India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby)…

Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, Kite tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley), 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, and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.

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Comic-Con: 'Kite' Poster Featuring Samuel L. Jackson

24 July 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Samuel L. Jackson is taking on another unusual look for his role in Kite, which is right up there with his strange appearances in Oldboy and The Spirit, too other comic book adaptations. We get to see him here in his yellow shades along with co-stars India Eisley and Callan McAuliffe as IGN debuts the official Comic-Con 2014 poster for this action thriller based on the cult classic anime by Yasuomi Umetsu. Samuel L. Jackson leaps into the iconic role of detective Karl Akerm, who wrangles in a couple of homeless teens and trains them to become better assassins.

Based on the cult classic by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality, Kite centers on a young woman named Sawa who, after the murder of her parents, is taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective employing homeless children to do his dirty work. »

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Sdcc'14: Take A Look At The First Poster For Kite

24 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

A cult classic, by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality, concerns a young woman named Sawa who, after the murder of her parents, is taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective employing homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained to kill, she exacts street justice against the detective’s chosen targets, until she is able to break free of the abusive and manipulative control he has over her. Kite stars Samuel L. Jackson as Karl Aker, India Eisley as Sawa, Callan McAuliffe as Oburi, Russel Savadier as Old Boy, Jaco Muller as Kratsov, Liam J. Stratton as Sawa's Father and Keci Eatock as Young Sawa. The movie hits DirecTV on August 28th, and VOD and theatres on October 10th. »

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Film Review: ‘Kite’

20 July 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it was first announced that Samuel L. Jackson would star in a live-action remake of “Kite,” it sounded as if the new version might meet a wider audience than Yasuomi Umetsu’s cult straight-to-video anime. The super-controversial, often-censored story of an orphaned schoolgirl turned sex slave and assassin isn’t for everyone (and you can’t entirely blame those countries whose strict anti-child pornography laws deemed it wasn’t for anyone), although a slicker, less overtly kinky remake should have been catnip to “Sin City” and “Sucker Punch” fans. But judging by the disappointing results, this uninspired Anchor Bay release awaits homevid obscurity.

In the 16 years since Umetsu’s edgy anime first hit the streets, “Kite” has found such devoted followers as Quentin Tarantino, who counts it among the many references that fed into “Kill Bill” — most notably shaping O-Ren Ishii’s animated backstory and the look of Gogo Yubari’s deadly schoolgirl. »

- Peter Debruge

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Samuel L. Jackson Takes on the Cartel in Second 'Kite' Trailer

17 July 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We're excited to share the second trailer for Anchor Bay Entertainment's upcoming thriller Kite, based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime by Yasuomi Umetsu. The story follows a young woman who trains to become an assassin after her parents are murdered. Samuel L. Jackson stars as the girl's father's ex-partner, who teaches Sawa to become a more proficient killer.

Check out the latest footage before Kite makes its way to theaters this October after debuting exclusively on DirecTv this August.

Kite tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley), 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), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe »

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Sam Jackson Teaches Kids to Kill in New Trailer and Images for Kite

17 July 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Hey, remember “Kite”? The movie about a teenage hitgirl based on the Japanese anime by Yasuomi Umetsu? The film has been adapted to the big screen (or big-ish, anyway) by Ralph Ziman is still coming to a theater, it just might not be to one very near you, and chances of you seeing it in theaters will likely be nil. Instead, the film will be hitting DirectTV over a month before it even opens in limited release for, one assumes, contractual obligations. The film itself looks pretty action packed, though of course fans of the anime shouldn’t be expecting that movie’s gratuitous level of sex. There seems to be plenty of violence, though. Check out the new trailer and about 25 new images below. A cult classic, by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality, concerns a young woman named Sawa who, after the murder of her parents, »

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Trailer released for anime adaptation Kite starring Samuel L. Jackson

17 July 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new trailer has been released for new anime-adpatation Kite, which you can view below…

Based on a classic 1998 Japanese anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, Kite is a classic revenge story about a girl called Sawa (India Eisley, Underworld: Awakening), a young assassin who sets out to seek retribution for the murder of her parents. Her father’s old partner (Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction) tries desperately to stop Sawa from seeking out revenge, but ultimately fails.

Build as a concoction of Kill Bill, Kick-Ass and classic Samurai tales, Kite is directed by South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema), and co-stars Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby).

Kite is released in select cinemas and on iTunes/VOD on October 10th in the USA, with a UK release still to be announced.

The post Trailer released for anime adaptation Kite starring Samuel L. Jackson appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

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Kite: New Trailer And Images From The Anime Adaptation Starring Samuel L. Jackson

17 July 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

A cult classic, by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality, concerns a young woman named Sawa who, after the murder of her parents, is taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective employing homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained to kill, she exacts street justice against the detective’s chosen targets, until she is able to break free of the abusive and manipulative control he has over her. Kite stars Samuel L. Jackson as Karl Aker, India Eisley as Sawa, Callan McAuliffe as Oburi, Russel Savadier as Old Boy, Jaco Muller as Kratsov, Liam J. Stratton as Sawa's Father and Keci Eatock as Young Sawa. The movie hits DirecTV on August 28th, and VOD and theatres on October 10th. »

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New Trailer For Samuel L. Jackson's Kite

17 July 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

After a long and often painful journey, Yasuomi Umetsu’s hard-edged anime Kite is finally making its way to the screen in live-action form. Here, to pave the way, is a new trailer showing off its bloody wares, like a cat delivering a dead bird to your feet. Only a very violent cat. And not a bird, a person.With shades of Léon, the premise has an orphaned schoolgirl, Sawa (India Eisley), wreaking revenge on the sex traffickers who killed her parents. Samuel L. Jackson is Oburi, the ex-police partner of her father who offers guidance and staffs the assassin helpdesk as she navigates the lawless world.Callan McAuliffe plays Sawa’s bestie who, judging by this picture, doesn’t always see exactly eye-to-eye with Jackson’s ex-‘tec.If you’ve seen Umetsu’s two 30-minute animes from 1998, you’ll know that the violence is unsparing and this live-action »

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Samuel L. Jackson Hunts a Murderer in the Second Trailer for 'Kite'

16 July 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Looks like somebody used a landmine to clear their sinuses." Way back towards the beginning of the year, the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime movie Kite debuted, showing Samuel L. Jackson in what seemed like a grittier, alternative sequel to Shaft. Now a new trailer shows a little more of what we can expect from the film. It's got an R-rating, so this won't be a tame thriller, and the world in which the story is set seems cool enough. Plus, this seems like an interesting role for Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) to continue his acting career. Could this be one of Jackson's surprise hits? Watch the trailer now! Here's the latest trailer for Ralph Ziman's Kite from IGN: Kite is directed by Ralph Ziman and based on Yasuomi Umetsu's iconic Japanese anime of the same name. When her cop father is killed, a »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: New Trailer For Anime Adaptation 'Kite' Starring Samuel L. Jackson Plus Over 20 New Images

16 July 2014 10:54 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Boasting an R-rating and the looming presence of Samuel L. Jackson, you would think there might there a bigger roar behind the anime adaptation "Kite." And while the buzz may still be a bit muted, a new trailer has arrived today to hopefully increase the noise around this one. Also featuring India Eisley and Callan McAuliffe, this is based on the comic by Yasuomi Umetsu, and is set in world where corrupt security forces profit on the trafficking of young women and gangs roam the street. But vengeance is the name of the game when a girl's policeman father and her mother are killed, and teams with a new pal, to mercilessly track down the murderer. And this trailer certainly has a lot of spunk and spirit, but we'll have to see what the Ralph Ziman film adds up to in the end. "Kite" hits DirecTV on August 28th, and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Diamond shines for Cohen Media Group

17 April 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen announced (17) that the company has picked up North American and English-language remake rights to the French thriller.

Eric Barbier directed Berenice Bejo, Yvan Attal and Jean-Francois Stévenin in The Last Diamond (Le Dernier Diamant), the French Vertigo Productions thriller about a jewel thief who befriends a gem expert in the run-up to a significant auction.

Cohen Media Group evp John Kochman brokered the deal with agency Other Angle Pictures head of sales Olivier Albou and anticipates an early 2015 Us theatrical release.

The film is set to receive its international premiere at Colcoa in Los Angeles on April 25 and opens in France at the end of the month.

Cohen recently partnered with Dreamworks Studios on the remake of French thriller The Prey, which Charles Cohen is producing.

Anchor Bay Films has secured North American rights to Distant Horizon’s live action adaption of Yasuomi Umetsu’s anime revenge story Kite starring [link=nm »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Kite’ Trailer & Footage with an Introduction from Samuel L. Jackson

6 January 2014 5:41 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 anime feature Kite might not be familiar to those who don’t take a keen interest in the genre. Those who have heard of it before will probably know that it was infamous for its violence and sexual content, which led to it being banned in Norway and heavily censored in the original Us release.

The upcoming live action remake might have slipped under the radar as well, had it not been for the casting of Samuel L. Jackson in a leading role. This significant star power is clearly going to be central to the marketing of Kite, which was directed by Ralph Ziman, and it’s Jackson who offers an introduction to a video showing the trailer and several new clips.

In premise, Kite could be compared to other child assassin films like Hanna and Léon, though based on ...

Click to continue reading ‘Kite’ Trailer & Footage »

- H. Shaw-Williams

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India Eisley and Samuel L. Jackson Kick Butt and Take Names in New 'Kite' Footage

6 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Back in 2011, news broke that Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis was attached to direct an adaptation of the cult anime Kite. Unfortunately, Ellis passed away unexpectedly in early 2013, which left many wondering if this particular project would ever move forward. Today, we can show you that it did, as we’ve got a new nine-minute clip that has Samuel L. Jackson introducing the film, a trailer, and the opening scenes of the actual movie. India Eisley costars in the feature – playing a young woman who’s out to avenge the murder of her parents while also assassinating members of a group who deal in the trafficking of young women. Yasuomi Umetsu’s anime was renowned for its graphic violence and rape scenes, which will be toned down significantly for...

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- Mike Bracken

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