Netflix brought many sensational stories in September 2021; one of those is “KATE”, released on the 10th of this month.
Kate is the main character of this newly released film. She is an assassin who gets poisoned in her last days of the job.
The whole plot of this film is about this assassin and how she finally gets to know who did this to her. The film also revealed about her.
The movie starts with a brief conversation between Varrick and Kate in the city of Osaka, Japan.
They talked about a particular mission while Varrick seemed worried that Kate might not accomplish her task.
But Kate assured and went for the mission. Varrick, here, he is Kate’s coach, more like trainer or Boss. The mission was about murdering a powerful officer Yakuza Syndicate.
Kate’s success in her success makes her realise that she wants a different, happy life. However, she decides to have an everyday life because of murdering Ani-Chan’s father in front of her eyes which reminds her about her parents. Ani-Chan’s loss of her father takes Kate to her emotional turmoil.
So, she informs Varrick that she wants a life, and after her final mission, she will retire once and for all. Before retirement as an assassin, she has to murder Kijima, Ani-Chan’s uncle.
However, she gets poisoned with polonium-204 just before going for her final mission. She loses the perfect shot and then gets admitted to the hospital.
Later she gets to know that a stranger with whom she shared wine and sex in a bar gave her polonium-204 with wine.
So, she eventually tracks down that person named Stephen and his girlfriend. She meets them in a hotel, threatens them and learns that Sato convinced them.
So, she goes back to “V”, Varrick, and knows about Sato and who is Ani-Chan’s father. She gets desperate for information, and under vengeance, she kidnaps Kijima’s niece, Ani-Chan.
After kidnapping her and threatening her family, Kate learns that Ani-Chan’s family wants her dead. Knowing this terrible truth, Ani-Chan teams up to help Kate finding Renji and her Kijima.
But when Kate finds out about Kijima and goes to kill him, which is her final mission, she learns from him about the most terrific thing.
She understands that Varrick has been using her since her childhood. She comes out and sees that Varrick is already there saying Ani-Chan that Kate killed her father, so Ani-Chan loses control and shoots her.
Through some flashbacks, the film reveals pasts of Kate, like the death of her parents, how Varrick took her and trained her and gave her another life, how he celebrates her birthday and all, but basically, he used her to become just a tool, which he was supposed to do with Ani-Chan too.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate, the titular assassin
Amelia Crouch as Teen Kate
Ava Caryofyllis as Child Kate
Gemma Brooke Allen as Young Kate
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 high-ranking Yazuka member and advisor to Kijima who betrays him
Jun Kunimura as Kijima, an ageing yakuza boss and Ani’s uncle
Michiel Huisman as Stephen, a man who has a sexual encounter with Kate so he can poison her drink
Miyavi as Jojima, a flamboyant yakuza who lives with Renji in an expensive penthouse apartment
Kazuya Tanabe as Shinzo, a yakuza enforcer loyal to Renji
Meta score is 47, based on mixed reviews: user score 6.3, generally favourable reviews based on 35 ratings.
The story amazed me in different ways; it does not just reveal what happens when there’s nobody left to raise us but also talks about how assassins can have emotions.
This film is about Kate, an assassin who lost her parents in an accident but it was just an accident.
It has a good ending, too; Kate finally takes her revenge. In my opinion, it is an excellent movie to watch, but some people may disagree with this because there’s a lot of shows and movies out there on other platforms, also on Netflix. But it’s overall quite good.