Karate Kill Feature Film

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Written/Directed by:

Kurando Mitsutake


Hayate, Kirk Geiger, Mana Sakura, Asami


A master of karate travels to the United States to look for his missing sister.


The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival 2016

  • Best Feature Film: KARATE KILL (Kurando Misutake) 
  • Best Short Film: THE PANTY SYMPHONIC (Zach Strum) 
  • Best Local Short: IZZY’S STORM (Dom Hilton)

Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2017

  • Best Director Feature Film: Kurando Mitsutake

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Audience Reactions

Fun as hell. It's like blaxploitation but with Asian protagonists. Equal parts Shaft, Riki-Oh, and John Wick... chock full of gore, fun, and tons of action. 

Gotta figure out what it supplants on my top of the year.

-Justin Harlan

One of the funniest films of the festival: action, tits and blood in abundance. The applause in the room was repeated with each scene, as you could see the intention of the film director palomitero unpretentious and with great entertainment.

Víctor M. Yeste

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A successful blend of 80s karate movie and modernJapanese exploitation. The throwback style can be tricky. Kung Fury goes too far in its retro style and just makes it a mocking nostalgia. Karate Kill wisely stays in the present but tells a story that belongs in the days of Karate Kid.

The cheap CGI gore and nudity is taken from any Noboru Iguchi movie, but feels a bit watered down when so much is lifted from the past. More importantly the story is packed with a lot of fun, especially many of the amusingly choreographed but surprisingly gory fights. Hayate comes off as a serious martial artist in a far less serious movie, like a poor man's Jackie Chan.

Carl Sandell

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Kenji (Hayate) flies to Los Angeles when he’s unable to get in touch with his sister Mayumi (Mana Sakura) for a month. He follows a trail of clues that lead him to a cult called Capital Messiah that runs a web site streaming snuff videos for high-paying subscribers. Mayumi was kidnapped by the cult’s Mansonesque leader Vendenski (Kirk Geiger), eyepatch-wearing femme fatale Simona (Katarina Leigh Waters) and Benning (Tomm Voss), who looks like a Metal Gear character. Kenji finds Capital Messiah’s home base and joins forces with Keiko (Asami), the only victim to ever escape the group, to save Mayumi and kill all of Capital Messiah. KARATE KILL’s gory action is defined by some really good fight choreography and some really bad CGI blood effects. The latter are particularly frustrating because the fight scenes are shot in longer takes than most modern action films on any level so you can really see what the fighters are doing. It deals with some dark stuff, but never gets to the same level of grimy exploitation as something like GUN WOMAN. It’s very reminiscent of low-budget late 70s/early 80s action films, although it’s never quite as much fun as the best of them. It’s still a solid independent martial arts action movie, though, which is exceptionally rare, and it’s probably a blast to watch with a game audience.

Jason Coffman

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I've gotten a lot of flack from the gay community about casting straight actors in gay roles, but I've also cast gay actors in straight roles and I'll bet you didn't know that, but I did. I don't discriminate against straight or gay people in casting; I'm open to good acting. Let's take Kirk Geiger, who played Ty in the Sordid Lives movie. The day he auditioned for me, he was very gay. I didn't feel it was my right to ask if he was gay or straight, but I cast the best actor in the role. You know what I say to people who criticize me for that? I say, "Fuck you." In Yellow, I happen to have a straight boy playing a straight boy and a gay boy playing a gay boy, but they were the best actors for the roles.
Del Shores
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