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Blood [Blu-ray] (2009)

Aya Sugimoto , Guts Ishimatsu , Ten Shimoyama  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aya Sugimoto, Guts Ishimatsu, Kanji Tsuda
  • Directors: Ten Shimoyama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I11VZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Police Detective Hoshino (Kanji Tsuda) investigates the murder of a maid at a mansion belonging to Miyako Rozmberk (Sugimoto), a seductive vampire mistress and cougar all in one. Ukyo Kuronuma (Jun Kaname), an Edo-era swordsman who was turned into a vampire by Miyako is fingered for the crime but before anything can be done about it Hoshino ends up under Miyako s spell as well. This leads Hoshino and Ukyo to battle one another for the privilege of staying with Miyako for eternity.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sanguinary Saga of Seduction and Slaughter March 29, 2011
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A police detective finds himself running with creatures of the night while investigating a gruesome murder. Detective Hoshino questions the former employer of a slain maid's unsolved murder, an ethereal seductress named Miyako Rozmberk (Aya Sugimoto), in hopes of landing a solid lead before the statute of limitations runs out. Miyako takes an interest in the detective, this due to a unique quality present in his blood which only a few possess, so she feeds him clues as to who the murderer is. When Miyako's tip leads Detective Hoshino to Ukyo Kuronuma, a ruthless yakuza overlord, the fact that Ukyo is found attempting to feast on a terrified, bound, naked young girl would indicate that he was indeed the killer. But shortly after learning that Ukyo is in fact the famed shogunate-era swordsman Okita, who has been transformed into a vampire by the powerful and ageless Miyako, Detective Hoshino, too becomes born-again (and not in a Christian sense) as a deathless bloodsucker, again thanks to Miyako. As history would have it, she and Ukyo are former lovers,but his propensity for violence and cruelty were too much for her refined elegance. Later, when Miyako's loyal female servant wages a vicious fight to remain her one and only companion, Detective Hoshino realizes that even in death, the struggle for survival never ceases. And sometimes, depending on the individual, isn't even worth the effort...

A cross between 'Versus', 'Shinobi' and 'Countess Dracula', this little flick has much going for it - action, blood, vamps, yakuzas, swordplay, nudity, a seductive yet visceral style, and the gorgeous Aya Sugimoto ('Flower and Snake', 'Flower and Snake 2') who gets more beautiful as she ages, much like her character here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually an interesting movie May 9, 2011
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Most people are familiar with the Anne Rice version of what a vampire is, or more recently, "Underworld." This is not that kind of vampire movie. While it does rely heavily on very seductive qualities, the story itself keeps you into the movie for the duration. That being said, this is a very adult movie...at times, seeming like a Japanese Vampire Softcore. The lead actress, Aya Sugimoto, is (pardon the phrase) drop-dead gorgeous! And she plays her role extremely convincingly. The male leads are shared by two equally handsome men that look as if they could have been plucked straight from an anime series.

The story and pace of "Blood" is very even throughout. But there were times when I was hoping for some more history and details that link the Edo period to present day, and regarding where Miyako (Sugimoto) came from, or how she came to be the vampire/temptress that consumes her existence (as far as the film is concerned, she just "is"). Treating this as a comparison to any other vampire film would be a mistake. This movie takes on a fairly emotional love story more than horror or thriller. I say that kind of tongue-in-cheek the way that "House of Flying Daggers" is a love story. You do FEEL for all the characters, but when the action scenes take place, the emotions feel slightly jarred and put on pause. All things considered though, it is an exceptional love triangle that one can assume will only end in despair. I would have given this movie 4.5 stars but the blood used in the movie looked more like water with red food coloring in it. Half-star deduction on a technicality :-/.

Overall, this is a good movie that puts a different spin on an old folklore. There are plenty of tales regarding the supernatural side of Japanese culture, but few make it to film. The sheer beauty and passion alone would make it a love story worth watching. But the action and vampire element make it that much more appealing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Descent Story Definately not Twilight June 9, 2014
By MK3.0
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One thing that can be said about the Japanese is they know how to do Vampires. Even though the Vampire genre has been done to death this film was quite entertaining. What makes it good is the character's story makes it easy to relate to them. Though admittedly the plot dives into things a bit quickly and is some what cliche still if you want blood, honor, and romance this movie is thee movie for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good detective/vampire drama November 14, 2013
By EdM
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Blood manages to blend a detective story with a vampire story. Hoshino is following up on a cold case before the statutes run out. He meets Miyako, a wealthy recluse (and vampire) who puts him on the trail of a killer- Uyko, a centuries old samurai vampire that was turned by Miyako. Aya Sugimoto plays Miyako and she plays her as a someone that does what she wants as well as needs. She turns Hoshino not because she has to but because he has the special blood type to survive the change. Why? For companionship and his devotion to duty. Saionji (Ukyo's real name) may kill for his survival but is still a samurai at heart. Hoshino realizes that his new existence now lies beyond mortal moral perspectives. His final choice will surprise viewers and leaves some questions at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires abound. March 21, 2013
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I like vampire movies. Great to Awful, I endure them all. 'Blood' doesn't make the 'Great' category, or even the 'Good' category, however it's not to bad to sneak downstairs and purloin the disc and pop it in to watch in darkness of the den/family room/wherever . . . what is that? A shadow in the corner of the room . . . yep . . . 'Blood' just might make you a bit jittery. BOO!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good old school movie for movie fans ! great price,fast service! excellent buy!
Published 23 days ago by Gus Benjamin Heroe
1.0 out of 5 stars its a rip
will not play even on a multi region dvd player now am stuck with dvd that I cant watch and cant figure out how to get it to play would probably never consider another region dvd... Read more
Published 7 months ago by anthony martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars you toatlly rocked my world!!!
wonderful for movie and it's additive to watch!!! thank you for having this wonderful movie on line and thank you sooooo much!!!!
Published 21 months ago by tigeress2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood
I chose the rating because this is a really good movie. The casting was excellent and a really good script. I like this movie and I am a fan of certain Japanese horror movies. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ronda Pennycuff
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bad
Low quality looks like something I made with a video camera 15 years ago.

Action is lame and just looks bad
Acting is lame and just looks bad
quality is lame... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Shahar Gross
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood...
Can't add much to the positive reviews previously stated.
This stylish Japanese (Vampire) Noir held up rather well, considering that
they didn't have a huge budget to... Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by D. S. HARDEN
4.0 out of 5 stars not in english, subtitle in english
Not a bad movie it is still nice to watch either read the words or learn Japaneses.
the swordplay is great, and there are no but's. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by J. woodson
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