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Kite (2014)

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When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the help of his ex-partner.

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Jaco Muller ...
Mikhal Kratsov
Annabel Linder ...
Elderly Woman
Christina Storm ...
Sawa's Mother
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Jane Van Der Westhuizen ...
Urchin Girl
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Detective Prinsloo
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Vic Thornhill
Kenneth Nta ...
Thornhill Bodyguards
Craig Macrae ...
Thornhill Bodyguards
Jody Abrahams ...
Henrik Pillay Pillay / Jeppie
Danny Keogh ...
Clive Thornhill
Steinman Goosen ...
Young Oburi
Jolene Martin ...
Laila Pilay
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Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. 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. Written by Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Based on the Groundbreakin' Anime! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, grisly images, drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 August 2014 (USA)  »

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Anjo da Vingança  »

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The live-action version of Kite is significantly toned-down, and is based on the 45 minute censored animé version (Rated 16+ by Animé Works), and not the uncut 18+ Kitty Media version. See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie, there is a man tied in a chair. He has a pencil in the nose. After Sawa has killed the boss mob, the tied man has still the pencil in his nose. A few seconds later as Sawa jumps on him, the pencil has magically disappeared. See more »

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Sawa: What took you?
Karl Aker: Every tweezered brains out of ceiling tile?
Sawa: Where's my amp? I need my head cleared. I'm flashing.
Karl Aker: Your amp.
Sawa: That's all you could find?
Karl Aker: Two's already too many, if you ask me. Look at you, shaking from withdrawal.
[Sawa is fumbling with the amp injector]
Karl Aker: [Karl sighs] Listen to me, before this shit kicks in and you forget everything again. It's a nice Bolognese you made of Kratsov. Congratulations. But you left a witness.
Sawa: He was hurting her.
Karl Aker: Well now they know it's a girl, with access...
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References Avenging Angel (1985) See more »

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A Beautiful Monster (You Made Me)
Written by Aaron Edwards, Rodger Gisbourne and Elex for Merchants of Venice Entertainment
Performed by M.O.V.E. featuring Elex
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Drugs, Guns, Societal Collapse, Hot Hair, and a Kite
17 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

7.25 of 10. 20-30 years ago this would have been a great film, bordering on academy award winning material. 15 years ago it would be great still but no longer close to being sci-fi.

Now, it's still entertaining and a quality film, just not worthy of being called science fiction. It's more of an alternate reality that seems more real and likely for Detroit than Robocop.

Regardless of its classification, it is manga/hentai-like minus the graphic nudity and sex. It does show that the stories behind those seemingly sex-only comics and cartoons can be made into quality films. What it also shows, however, is the need to update the technology embedded in the story if you don't want it to seem like a lost 1990s indie film.


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