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Kite (1998)
"A kaito" (original title)

Video  |   |  Animation, Crime, Drama  |  25 April 2000 (USA)
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She may be cute. She may be young. She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be fooled. She's a cold-blooded killer, and if you're on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target.... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Konami Yoshida ...
Sawa (voice) (as Kotomi Naruse)
Goro Shibusawa ...
Akai (voice)
Shingo Oyamada ...
Oburi (voice)
Michiko Yamaguchi ...
Old Lady (voice)
Tatsuo Matoba ...
Kanie (voice)
Hiroshi Aida ...
Comedian A (voice)
Nobuyuki Takano ...
Comedian B (voice)
Jackie Sylvester ...
Twin A (voice)
Richard O'Sallivan ...
Twin B (voice)
Douglas Cartwright ...
Bodyguard A (voice)
William Rain ...
Bodyguard B (voice)
Gary Wynn-Jones ...
Bodyguard C (voice)
Naho Hirokawa ...
Street Kid A (voice)
Itsumi Sawada ...
Street Kid B (voice)
Tomoko Furakawa ...
Reporter (voice)
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She may be cute. She may be young. She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be fooled. She's a cold-blooded killer, and if you're on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target. After being orphaned at a young age, her parents victims of a brutal double murder, Sawa was taken in by the detective assigned to her case. Not content to just watch as the imperfect justice system let more and more criminals go loose every day, he's decided to train her to be his instrument of justice. After all, who'd suspect a pretty college student of being a deadly vigilante? Written by Anonymous

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The retail price of the Japanese Laserdiscs of Kite were ¥6,800 each. See more »

Quotes

Comedian A: You're really a lucky little girl, you know that? Those ugly dogs in my fan club don't even know about this place. I'm gong to do things to you that they never even dreamed of.
Old Lady: Disgusting, vulgar arrogant punk, touching sweet young girls like that in public, just because you think your some big TV star you think you can do anything you want, who do you think you are bringing young girls up o your apartment to do who knows what. Shame on you!
Comedian A: Shut up!
Old Lady: *in pain*
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Dark desperate mood, but still a failed anime
5 November 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

The animation was a little strange, although I couldn't say it was bad. The problem was with the depiction of emotions on the characters faces, they all looked a little off. The same issue can extend to the characters themselves, though. It is difficult to empathize with any of them and the rushed nature of the script doesn't help.

The story is about young assassins, trained by people with no scruples. The violence scenes are really complicated, but also amateurish. They often end in the assassin almost failing and managing to survive by using some prop. Then you find yourself wondering why they didn't use that from the start. There are also a lot of sex scenes, bordering on rape, but they are kind of pointless after a while.

Bottom line: the atmosphere was great and the sense of desperation and dark foreboding was clearly why so many people liked this. However the story itself, while predictable and simple, was clearly meant to be more and the anime failed to capture it. The animation is simplistic as well. I watched the 2014 movie a week ago and, frankly, I think that the movie was better, moving the story in a different but good direction, while being clearly more carefully created.


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