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REMAKE OF KITE (article first published : 2003-04-15)

Local film producer Anant Singh and director Rob Cohen, the helmer behind international mega-hits XXXThe Fast and the Furious, announced today their plans to remake a live action version of the Japanese anime cult classic Kite.

Cohen and Singh will produce along with his Los Angeles based associate Brian Cox while Cohen will also direct.

Original anime feature, a cult classic by Yasuomi Umetsu, renowned for its stylistically graphic depictions of violent action and sensuality, concerns a young woman named Sawa. After the murder of her parents, she is taken off the streets by a crooked, Sven Egali-like detective employing homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained to kill, she exacts street justice against the detective’s chosen targets, until she is able to break free of the abusive and manipulative control he has over her.

Cohen and Singh are currently meeting with writers in order to adapt Umetsu’s story to the live action arena.

“This is a uniquely powerful property, and Rob has been a long-time fan, and we found that out a few days after we acquired the remake rights, so we went directly to him,” said Singh. “We felt his approach to action, and his ability to give a kind of hip re-working to various genres, made him the perfect choice. Rob has been inventive, giving new spins to the international spy thriller and the street racing film, and made them enormous worldwide box office hits. We need this kind of approach to Kite, an Asian bullet-ballet action movie.”

In the new live action version directed by Rob Cohen, the highly stylised anime look, and the beautiful but deadly action sequences will remain, as will the tense and gut-wrenching approach to character conflict, but the live action Kite

However, with her tense sexuality and her ticking time-bomb of a personality, Cohen and Singh feel that the new, flesh-and-blood Sawa has the potential to be the biggest action heroine since La Femme Nikita.

“Umetsu’s film has amazing visual intensity,” said Cohen. “It would be a fine challenge to define a place where anime and movies meet.”

Rights to the live action remake were licensed to Singh by Studio Kikan in Tokyo.




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