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Blood [Blu-ray]

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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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  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I11VZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
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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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 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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Blood, not to be confused with the other Asian vampire film titled Blood, was released as "Buraddo" before English subtitles were added for rerelease. Not surprisingly, Blood has several instances of "WTF?" if you are not accustomed to Japanese film; really, that's the saving grace for Blood, since it doesn't have much to offer otherwise.

Although not rare, it's uncommon for the oldest vampire in a film to be female. That's the case here, and the matriarch not only sires both the protagonist and the antagonist, she also goes steady with them afterwards (creating a doomed love triangle). And who plays this matriarch? Aya Sugimoto, now 46, who was a Japanese pop icon and sex symbol. The acting in Blood is passable; the fella who plays the bad guy here has been in a ton of Japanese TV shows. The plot is reasonable, but plods along in places; I found the sex scenes boring, but if vampire erotica is your thing, then Blood might hit the spot for you.

As for what sets Blood apart from most other vampire films: well, many of these qualities are subtle and difficult to put into words. One that's easy to describe: a female Neo suddenly materializes into a scene -- complete with Matrix trench coat -- for a bit of kung fu/wire fu action (this was one of the WTF moments). She, my favorite character in Blood, wasn't even a vampire.

⚖ Final Verdict ⚖ A vampire detective: where have I seen this before? While not exceedingly original, it is at least creative in some areas. Be prepared for a couple Aya Sugimoto sex scenes and some weirdness.
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