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Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson, Miku Martineaum, Michiel Huisman, Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura, Miyavi, Kazuya Tanabe
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Netflix action thriller directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Kate (2021) centers on finely tuned assassin, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who after uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo, discovers she’s been poisoned and has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her killers. As her body swiftly deteriorates, Kate forms an unlikely bond with the teenage daughter, Ani (Miku Martineau), of one of her past victims.
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Varrick: You ever hear that saying, “Listen to your elders?” Big phrase, especially here in Japan.
Kate: So you’re an elder now?
Varrick: “Elder” doesn’t necessarily mean old. It just means older. As in smarter, wiser.
Varrick: What happened in Osaka shouldn’t have. It was wrong. Nobody knew she’d be there.
Kate: We had one rule, V. One simple rule. No kids.
Varrick: I know. I mean, this ain’t your first rodeo. You know there’s collateral damage. You know that.
Kate: I can’t shake it. Trust me, I’ve tried.
Kate: Look, I promised I’d finish the job, and I will. And then I’m out. I want a life, V. You know, I never had one. A real, regular life.
Varrick: What does that mean? I mean, what, family? Kids? Picket fence? Dogs? Suburbs?
Kate: I don’t know. Something like that.
Varrick: Two trips to Walmart, you’ll be back.
Stephen: I mean, listen. The worst way to start a conversation is a “hey”. It’s boring. It’s dull. It’s for horses. So anything but that. I’m Stephen.
Varrick: Now you start the rest of your life. What’s your name?
Young Kate: Kate.
Varrick: Kate. I’m Varrick. I’m your handler now. That makes me your mother, your father, your best friend, and your therapist.
Kate: How much time do I have?
Doctor: A day, maybe. But we will make it painless for you.
Kate: [to the doctor] Five liters of blood in the body, heart pumps two a minute. Gun’s on your femoral. You do the math. I need something to keep me going. I want stimulants.
Kate: Why did you poison me?
Stephen: What are you talking about? Poison? I didn’t know it was… They told me it was just a roofie so they could lift the room.
Kate: Who? Who told you?
Stephen: Even if I knew, I’d be dead if I tell you.
'”Elder” doesn't necessarily mean old. It just means older. As in smarter, wiser.' - Varrick (Kate) Click To Tweet
Kanako: I’m Kanako. And it seems we’re the same. Collateral damage.
Kate: I’m Kate. And they’re going to know I was here.
Kate: This was revenge for Osaka?
Varrick: Some people have this extraordinary attachment to their siblings, as if genetics make a family.
Sato: Who are you?
Kate: Did you poison me? You don’t tell me, I kill you. I think you’re lying, I kill you. Did you poison me?
Kate: [as Sato looks down] Yeah.
Kate: Where is Kijima? How do I get to him?
Sato: Nobody knows.
[she shoots him in the head]
Ani: [in English and Japanese, to Kate] You’re crazy. You want to get Kijima? Dips**t foreigner. You think you can… You can’t get to him this way. He doesn’t give a s**t about me. No one does.
'I prefer self-interest. I trust it more.' - Renji (Kate) Click To Tweet
Ani: Ew, what the f***? Oh, my God, what is wrong with you?
Kate: Sit down. I said, sit down!
Ani: Yeah, no way. You’re all gross and sick. And you know what? F*** you, cancer b**ch.
Ani: So many scars, and blood. It’s so…
Kate: It’s gross, I know.
Ani: No, no, no. I think it’s awesome.
Kate: Stop following me. Stop.
Ani: What? You’re just going to leave me, then?
Kate: Kijima didn’t show. You’re useless to me now.
Ani: Did you see what just happened? My own family wants me gone! Where the f*** will I go?
Kate: Not my problem.
Ani: I’ll be dead before the night’s over.
Kate: Hey, that makes two of us.
Ani: Why did you save me, then, huh?
Kate: You’re making me regret it!
Ani: No! You can’t abandon me. I know Kijima killed my dad, and he will kill me. What did I do wrong, huh? I haven’t done anything to anybody, but they still treat me like s**t!
'Some people have this extraordinary attachment to their siblings, as if genetics make a family.' - Varrick (Kate) Click To Tweet
Ani: Everybody, all the time, just throwing me around, like I’m some piece of garbage.
Kate: Shut up! You don’t know what you’re talking about. You just yap, yap, yap. Just, “F*** this. F*** that.” You don’t know anything! You’re a kid!
Ani: What’s wrong with you?
Kate: I’m dying.
Ani: Kijima did this, right? Now you’re going to go kill him. You’re a bada** killer m**herf***er.
Ani: You’ll need me, you know. Like, just look at you. You won’t make it an hour without my help, okay? And I can do everything, okay? I know who, where, when, whatever. I can help you get him, get my uncle.
Ani: And I’m really good at shortcuts, and maps, and… What?
Kate: I said okay.
Kate: You know what? This is stupid. Let’s go.
Ani: Yeah, clean clothes are stupid. “Everything I should wear should be just covered in blood.”
Ani: [to Kate] You’re so cool. But you’re also a Terminator, b**ch.
'You're young. You have time to forget. Be someone less angry. Take control of your own life.' - Kate Click To Tweet
Ani: Seriously, we’re actually pretty much the same.
Kate: [to Ani] Stop. Speak less. Open your ears.
Kate: We’re going to distract them. You’re going to distract them.
Kate: By being you. Just, you know, louder.
Ani: Okay, cool. So, can I have a gun?
Jojima: What do you want from Renji-san?
Kate: It’s not your concern.
Jojima: Of course, it is my concern.
Kate: Your concern is to stay whole until I leave here.
Jojima: [in Japanese, as he’s about to shoot Kate] This is what we do to monsters intruding on our home.
Kate: I got to be honest, I’m having a rough night.