‘Kate’, review: an entertaining nod to action and Japanese drama on Netflix

A professional assassin is hunted for breaking a code due to a higher order. This harassment occurs on two scales: the personal, because it torments her, and the professional, because it will be sought out by the affected family as a result of that old decision. Then, ‘Kate’ begins a fight against time and different situations to try to solve the pending before dying. Although this brief synopsis may be familiar from other stories, in the case of the film directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the following should not be ruled out: it is likely to become another Netflix hit.

Kate It has the different elements that attract the action cinema with the plus of Japanese sobriety in terms of drama, freedom and aggressiveness that are allowed in that culture. That balance between a well-managed story and the explosiveness of the action sections makes this film an attractive product. These elements also have a kind of update or reinterpretation through winks to anime, something key to finding a dynamic and entertaining visual proposal.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds of Prey), the protagonist together with Miku Martineau and Woody Harrelson, convinces and enchants according to each circumstance. When she must fight and shoot as if there is no tomorrow — because she has no tomorrow — she is explosive; If instead you have to be empathetic and emotional, you also adapt to the situation. She is the vehicle of everything that happens in Kate, just released this September 10 through Netflix.

Kate and narrative genres

Considering that it is a film developed in Tokyo and that explores part of Japanese culture, from the Yakuza to family customs, the production of Kate she must have been tempted by the possibility of incorporating anime elements to his story. He does not do it in a formal way, encouraging situations. But the influence is sensed through the frames, the choreographies of the fights and the color palette that accompanies the viewer throughout the whole movie.

What generates this? A richer and more attractive staging because the aforementioned elements provide dynamics, compensating in a good way the first sober sections of Kate. To this must be added the soundtrack of the production, with different pieces of Japanese pop and songs that, for those of us on this side of the world, refer to the intros and endings of various action animes.

Article: Soure