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.
Also known as “A Kite,” Yasuomi Umetsu’s original anime, when first released in 1998, was a highly controversial graphic story of hard action and illicit eroticism. It was banned in certain countries but also sold to worldwide cult acclaim. In Japan, where it was released in various installments and editions, 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. Several sequels exist, including “Mezzo Forte,” a tamer version of “Kite,” which was followed by “Mezzo DSA.” The most recent installment in the series is “Kite Liberator,” which was released in 2007 and which was also distributed in the U.S. Umetsu is chief animator for Arms Corporation and has also worked as a designer of such well-known anime releases as “Akira,” “Spriggan,” “Elfen Lied,” and “Casshern.”
In a present-day failed state run by a corrupt security force that profits on the trafficking of young women, Sawa, barely 18, vows to slay the kingpin who destroyed her life.
The Weistein Company Videovision Entertainment Distant Horizon and Detalle Films present in association with The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited
India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson. casting by Barbara Stordahl CSA and Angela A.Terry CSA. music by Paul Hepker. editor Megan Gill. production designer Willie Botha. director of photography Lance Gewer, SASC. executive producers Sudhir Pragjee, Sanjeey Singh, Alberto Muffelmann, Roberto Naiddo, Katinka Schumann and Basil Ford. produced by Anant Singh, Brian Cox and Moises Cosio. Based on the original animated film written and directed by Yasoumi Umetsu Screen play by Brian Cox directed by Ralph Ziman