Kate is a 2021 American action thriller film directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and written by Umair Aleem. There is a depth to this move that most “One-man-army” movies often fail to achieve. The John Wick Inspired subgenre so often features permanently stoic characters with surface level motivations that we are meant to accept and not revisit.
Kate offers something more than that. It’s full of difficult decisions and dilemmas and characters that form emotional connections with each other, all while providing the same viciously intense fight scenes that the format is known for. The film talks about a story of assassin who Slipped a fatal poison on her final job, a ruthless Tokyo assassin has less than 24 hours to find out who ordered the hit and exact revenge.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate, an assassin
Amelia Crouch, Ava Caryofyllis, Gemma Brooke Allen as younger Kates
Miku Martineau as Ani, the niece of top Japanese crime boss Kijima
Woody Harrelson as Varrick, Kate’s mentor and handler
Tadanobu Asano as Renji, a yakuza to Kijima
Jun Kunimura as Kijima, an aging yakuza boss and Ani’s uncle
Michiel Huisman as Stephen, who poisons Kate
Miyavi as Jojima, a flamboyant yakuza who lives with Renji
Review & Is It Movie Worth To Watch
Pretty awesome movie. Lots of action and high quality production. The fight scene choreography was A+, The acting of Mary E. & Miku was on point, Woody was great as always. Also, there was a subtle arc in the story about loss and making human connections that held the story together and added a depth that pulls you in and gets you invested. Kate is a traditional Japanese tragic hero story.
The traditional story of a hero who suffers and dies to solve a problem is westernised and modernised with a lead female. The tragedy and suffering is front and centre with Mary Elizabeth Winstead giving a terrific performance. Fittingly the modernisation is depicted by the harsh street lights of Tokyo as a backdrop and the feminine emohasised by a dominant neon pink colour scheme.
Lavish with action, set pieces and some terrific shots, this is one of Netflix best yet. Kate is both fascinating to watch and a feast for the eyes. The cast is good to great and the ending is both satisfying and in keeping with the theme. Its a msut watch if you are a great lover of action thriller films.