Kate (2021)

Western Appropriation

What a mess. Looks like the Wick movies are dragging a huge part of the industry behind tough guys and modern gunfight choreography. Here and in ‘Nobody’ the formula is three big set pieces strung together by trusted tropes.

This one is more offensive — at least to me — because I am reintroducing myself to Japanese cinema and in parallel appreciating the values in Keiretsu. There is some small self-awareness of Hollywood appropriation. But other than the architecture, these Japanese minions are interchangeable with the Russian minions of ‘Nobody’.

I actually think this could have been done well without ruining the main value the funders saw.

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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