The Kate cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau and Woody Harrelson. This info article contains spoilers for the 2021 Netflix movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Kate follows a female assassin who plans to retire after a 12-year career. She investigates a Yakuza crime family after a failed last mission in Tokyo, and befriends a teenage girl who seems destined for a life on the streets. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s Netflix film builds to a violent final act in which the female protagonists square off against manipulative men. Here’s every main performer and character in Kate, a 2021 movie that was inspired by the works of Takeshi Kitano.
Kate Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate
Character Profile: An assassin known as “Seasonal.” She fails for the first time during her final mission after being poisoned the night before. With only 24 hours left to live, Kate rescues the daughter of a former mark, and tries to find out who arranged for her death.
Winstead’s Resume: Lee in Death Proof (2007), Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Michelle in 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), Nikki Swango in Fargo (2017), Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress in Birds of Prey (2020)
Kate Cast: Woody Harrelson as Varrick
Character Profile: Kate’s mysterious long-time mentor. He ultimately reveals personal information about her last mark. Varrick’s storyline takes a dramatic turn in the final act.
Harrelson’s Resume: Woody Boyd in Cheers (1985-93), Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers (1994), Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Marty Hart in True Detective (2014-19), Max Bruner in The Edge of Seventeen (2017)
Kate Cast: Miku Martineau as Ani
Character Profile: The daughter of a Japanese man killed by Kate in Osaka. She’s tracked down by Winstead’s character because of her familial connection to the Kijima clan; however, it’s revealed that members of the crew want to officially end the young girl’s family’s bloodline by killing her. Ani initially clashes with Kate but eventually teams up with her against various baddies.
Martineau’s Resume: Lina in Carl’s Car Wash (2020), Chloe/Sandy in Finny the Shark (2020), Amy Fitzgerald in Ruby and the Well (2022)
Kate Cast: Tadanobu Asano as Renji
Character Profile: Kijima’s top advisor. He’s an arrogant gangster who caught the Western disease of envy, according to his boss. Renji cares little for Ani.
Asano’s Resume: Hogun in the MCU (2011-), Captain Yugi Nagata in Battleship (2012), Interpreter in Silence (2016), Yasaka in Harmonium (2016), Tamon Yamaguchi in Midway (2019)
Kate Cast: Jun Kunimura as Kijima
Character Profile: A high-level Yakuza leader. Kate assassinated his younger brother, which makes her believe that she was targeted for that reason. Kijima proves to be a valuable ally, a man who informs Winstead’s character about the bigger picture.
Kunimura’s Resume: Yasuhisa Yoshikawa in Audition (1999), Funaki in Ichi the Killer (2001), Boss Tanaka in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Dr. Tsujimura in The World of Kanako (2014), Chuichi Nagumo in Midway (2019)
Kate Cast: Michiel Huisman as Stephen
Character Profile: A man who seemingly hooks up with Kate at a Tokyo bar. Winstead’s character later discovers that he poisoned her, due to a financial offer from the Yakuza. Kate eventually tracks down Stephen, who admits that he intended to roofie her but didn’t realize her drink included poison (Polonium-204).
Huisman’s Resume: Sonny in Treme (2010-13), Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones (2014-16), Ellis Jones in The Age of Adaline (2015), Shepherd in The Other Lamb (2019), Alex Sokolov in The Flight Attendant (2020)
Kate Cast: Miyavi as Jojima
Character Profile: Renji’s aijin (boyfriend). He squares off against Kate during a violent apartment sequence. Jojima initially fares well during the fight, but he underestimates Ani.
Miyavi’s Resume: An Acclaimed Musician Known as the “Samurai Guitarist” — Also Watanabe in Unbroken (2014), Gunpei Ikari in Kong: Skull Island (2017), Byakuya Kuchiki in Bleach (2018), Udo in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Kate Cast: Mari Yamamoto as Kanako
Character Profile: Stephen’s girlfriend. She appears briefly in the first act. Kanako colludes with Stephen against Kate in order to free themselves from obligations to the gangster Kazuo Sato.
Yamamoto’s Resume: Hana in Allure (2014), Fujiko in Bourek (2015), Yuki in Jimami Tofu (2017), Yuki in Not to Be Unpleasant, But We Need to Have a Serious Talk (2019)
The Kate cast also includes Hirotaka Renge (After All, My Dad), Kazuya Tanabe (The Outsider, The Terror), Cindy Sirinya Bishop (Asia’s Next Top Model, The Crown Princess), Amelia Crouch (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Extinction), and Ava Caryofyllis (Little Monsters, Dirt Music).
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