Must watch trailer: New Philit Productions dramedy Untying Kantai to premiere in May

29 April 2024

Must watch trailer: New Philit Productions dramedy Untying Kantai to premiere in May

Written by Abel Mutua and directed by Philip Karanja, the series stars Francis Ouma, Blessing Lung’aho, Pascal Tokodi, Benson Ojuwa and more.

Ramping up its local content slate in Kenya, Showmax has unveiled a new dramedy series, Untying Kantai, premiering on 9 May. The 13-part Showmax Original series follows a man who stumbles on a lucrative but illegal business opportunity, and against his better judgement, dives headfirst into a world of danger and deceit. 

Watch trailer for Untying Kantai

King Kantai is a man who has spent 30 years of his life working hard to provide for his family, only to be conned out of his life savings. In the thick of his mid-life crisis, fate throws him a curveball in the form of a truckload of antipsychotic drugs worth millions.

With the weight of regret and misery on his shoulders, Kantai is faced with a life-changing decision: turn the drugs over to the authorities and live with his past mistakes, or take a chance and sell them to secure his family’s future. Kantai chooses the latter, putting his life and his family at great risk.

Untying Kantai is written by Abel Mutua and directed by Philip Karanja, the Philit Productions duo behind the Kalasha-winning comedy Sue na Jonnie and AMVCA-winning films A Grand Little Lie and Click Click Bang. Denise Kibisu serves as the producer of the series.

“This is my first Showmax Original so I am super excited and nervous at the same time. Showmax is known for its quality and its boldness in the type of content it puts out and I want to see how I compare to the other giants on the platform,” says director Karanja. “Untying Kantai is a show that is bold and raw, delving into some uncomfortable truths. I know Kenyans will relate to it because our main themes are really strong and relatable: drugs, church and family.” 

Meet the cast

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Benson Ojuwa as King Kantai

Benson Ojuwa (County 49) is King Kantai, a transport manager who is described as “the hardest worker in the room but also extremely unlucky.” Kantai is driven by the need to secure his family’s future, and when an illegal opportunity comes knocking, he doesn’t think twice about the consequences.

Untying Kantai on Showmax
Silayio as Angela Kantai

Singer and Kora Awards winner Silayio (Nafsi) is Angela Kantai, staunch Christian and domineering wife of Kantai.

Sanchez Ombasa (Faithless) is Emory “MRI” Sagini, a recovering addict and former drug peddler who’s looking to rehabilitate and reinvent himself.

One of the newest young actors to watch, Francis Ouma (Volume) is Succoth “Acekay” Kantai, Kantai’s last-born son. Heavily influenced by Kenyan hip hop, he is rebellious, confident and ambitious with a natural talent for rap.

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Blessing Lung’aho as Rob

Kalasha Award nominee Blessing Lung’aho (Country Queen) is Rob, a rogue cop who’s loyal to no one but himself, not even the criminal gangs that pay him for protection.

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Keith Chuaga as Wakili

Keith Chuaga (Igiza) is Wakili, a criminal lawyer who has never lost a case. Known as the messiah of the criminal world, he is known for eliminating witnesses and wiping his clients’ records clean.

Kalasha Award winner Pascal Tokodi (Selina) is Arnold, a drug dealer with the purest stash in town.

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Mercy Mutisya

The series also stars Andrew Muthure (Mother-in-Law), Mercy Mutisya (Kina), Dennis Mugo (Tahidi High), and Mary Mwikali (Second Family).

Untying Kantai is part of Showmax’s four-title Kenyan launch slate in May that also includes The Real Housewives of Nairobi S2, new comedy drama series Big Girl Small World, and new docuseries Nilichoma.

Big Girl Small World, coming soon
The Real Housewives of Nairobi S2, coming soon