A Parent's Guide to Anime
For Adult Audiences Only
Review by W. Christopher Morgan:
A Dark, fascinating anime that is a blend of Le Femme Nikita and The Professional, KITE keeps the viewers interest with its sharp visuals and undercurrent of potential (and more often actual) violence. I have seen a fan-sub of this film, and the voice work is above average, and the actors sound sincere.
The director's uncensored version is extremely violent (like Ninja Scroll level), and contains several (at least four) EXPLICIT sex scenes. We see everything, and nearly all the encounters are non-consensual or rape, and involve what may be interpreted as minors (though the warning at the beginning would say otherwise).
There is plenty here that parents could discuss with their kids, but Don't Let Them Near the unrated edition. There are many issues like: abuse of adult authority, manipulation, morality of killing and revenge, and sexuality issues.
Violence: (red) This film is VERY VIOLENT. The characters use weapons with exploding bullets, leading to some increadibly gruesome (though tasteful) mutilations of victims. An old woman is beaten, and minors are routinely seen being abused and commiting murder.
Sex/Nudity: There are two viscious and graphic rape scenes, including one where a boy is made to watch his female friend being raped. I thought that the sexual portrayls were tasteless, graphic, disgusting, disturbing, and generally out of line and unnecessary. It is hardcore pornography. This film disturbed me (and I liked Biohunter, Wicked City, X, Golgo 13, etc).
Profanity: (red) With all the gratuitous sex and graphic violence I didn't notice that much profanity, though it seems to be average for an R film (like the Professional, but not as much as say Pulp Fiction).