India Eisley to Headline Live Action Remake of ‘Kite’

Picture 1India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Maleficent) has landed the lead role in a live action remake of the anime OAV series Kite.

Kite is a very controversial title about a young girl named Sawa who is taken in by a police detective after her parents are brutally murdered.

The detective, Akai, sexually abuses Sawa throughout her childhood, while also training her to be an assassin.  Eventually, Akai starts sending her out on hits, taking out criminals, corrupt politicians, and the like.

The two episode OAV from director Yasuomi Umetsu (Mezzo Forte) was originally released in North America in an edited form.  At the time, the domestic distributor, Anime Works, was not comfortable with the graphic scenes of abuse depicted in the series; though they did eventually release an unedited version several years later (they were offended, but not so much that they’d pass up the money they’d make off an ‘uncut’ version).  They also altered the dialogue to make Sawa a college student, instead of a minor high school student.

The live action remake has a bit of a storied history itself.  The original director, David R. Ellis (Snakes on a Plane), died before production could begin in South America.  He was recently replaced by director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise).  The film co-stars Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane) and Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby).

A plot description given by Deadline appears to suggest that the more controversial elements of the story have been skipped over:

“[Kite is] a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson).”


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