By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 6, 2014 at 1:40PM
One of several projects on his upcoming slate, here's your first look at Samuel L. Jackson in
the live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese anime film Kite, which
The Weinstein Company acquired worldwide rights to last year.
Samuel L. Jackson stars alongside India Eisley in the film adaptation with South African director Ralph Ziman, helming.
Kite, in short, centers on a young girl named Sawa (Eisley) orphaned in her early teens, after her parents are brutally murdered, who becomes a hitman (or is it hitwoman?), and, with the help of her father's ex-partner Karl Aker (played by Samuel L. Jackson), works to track down and kill the person responsible for the death of her parents.
The DVD description of the original Kite states: "College student by day, vigilante by night, Sawa protects the innocent and mercilessly kills criminals in this intense Japanese anime."
It was banned in some countries due to its depictions of extreme violence, strong sexuality and nudity, including graphic rape scenes involving a very young Sawa.
However, this English-language remake will reportedly be more of a character-driven action film, that charts the story of Sawa (in the photo above-right), who lives in a failed state, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to find and take out the murderer, with the help of her father's ex-partner, Karl Aker (played by Samuel L. Jackson).
There's a surprising twist central to Jackson's character that turns the story on its head, but I won't reveal it here; although you could probably find it online if you searched.
Principal photography has wrapped in Johannesburg last spring, and we should see it in 2014.
Here's the trailer, with an intro from Jackson: