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Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters (2003)

Ken Chang , Michael Chow Man-Kin , Wellson Chin  |  R |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Chang, Michael Chow Man-Kin, Suet Lam, Kwok-Kwan Chan, Anya
  • Directors: Wellson Chin
  • Writers: Hark Tsui
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Michael J. Werner, Nansun Shi, Satoru Iseki, Wouter Barendrecht
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000093W4V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters" on IMDb

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In 17th century Asia, "zombies roamed the lands," which in turn led to many vampires roaming the lands, because the zombies turned into vampires. Or so Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters would have us believe. This lively, wisecracking movie is a little short on narrative logic (actually, it's short on the kind of logic that leads one shot naturally into the next). But it has the staples of the Hong Kong ghost story, with plenty of gravity-defying fights and putrescent zombies. The prolific Tsui Hark wrote and produced this one, but decidedly did not lend his often thrilling directorial touch. Still, there are moments within the generally bewildering mayhem that soar: a zombie-vampire dragging a group of hunters by chains along the treetops, for instance. If you want to see what would happen if a Hammer Film were dropped into an acid bath, this is the movie for you. --Robert Horton

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In 19th-century China, an evil monk awakes a nest of ghoulish vampires hell-bent on devouring humanlife. Now, a quartet of heroes trained in the Taoist Mao Shan school of magic and their master mustuse their unique powers to destroy the Vampire King and its lethal coven before it's too late. Masters of the martial arts, each of the four students specializes in controlling the element of his namesake: Rain, Lightning, Thunder and Wind! From critically-acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark (Black Mask 2, Time and Tide, Double Team), TSUI HARK'S VAMPIRE HUNTERS is an action-packed thrill ride destined to become a martial arts/horror classic.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I got suckered into thinking this was a Tsui Hark film. November 29, 2003
Format:DVD
I decided to view Vampire Hunters for two reasons: Its intriguing premise of zombie/vampire hybrids invading rural China and also because the legendary Tsui Hark's name is attached to it. Little did I know that Hark did not direct this film. He produced it and wrote the script but the film is sloppily directed by a fellow by the name of Wellson Chin. In the grand scheme of things Vampire Hunters is a mess, even though there are a few things to like about this film.
In 17th century rural China during the Ching dynasty, zombies roam the land feeding on human flesh, a nasty habit that turns them into vampires. Only a handful of people dare to challenge these night-crawling demons; 4 warriors named "Wind", "Thunder", "Rain" "Lightning" and their master Mao Shan. Their mission is to hunt down and destroy the Vampire King, a floating bloodsucking demon. Using their "vampire compass", they are led to the house of a rich mortician, whose son is set to marry the beautiful woman "Sosa" and where the Vampire King is believed to be hiding. There is also another subplot involving Sosa's crazy brother "Dragon", who is determined to find the gold that is rumoured to be hidden in the mortician's household.
I found Vampire Hunter's storyline very hard to follow but soon gave up on trying to make sense of the plot after realizing that this film is just a hodge-podge of wacky martial arts, bad special effects and awkward acting that is next to impossible to make sense of. The action sequences feel cartoonish and choreographed, and the dialogue(from the English dubbed version) is choppy and robotic, similar to dialogue you get from an anime film. It also doesn't help that the characters keep uttering stupid phrases the likes of "We're in love, If we live let's get married".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not that bad!!! August 28, 2005
By Lu Feng
Format:DVD
first off let us get one thing straight. this is by no means the first ever movie with HOPPING zombies. it is no wonder that these reviewers have trashed this movie so much. they don't know anything about the history of the chinese kung-fu horror flick! for any of you who know about the fad of chinese kung-fu horror flicks that reached their height of popularity in the early to mid 80's you will also know that this is definetly NOT the first ever movie with hopping zombies. Encounters of the Spooky Kind, Mr. Vampire, 5 Venoms vs. Wu-tang (which seemingly has nothing to do with the 5 deadly venoms or wu-tang) to name just a few that were put out about 20 YEARS earlier! anyway enough about that this movie doesn't deserve the thrashing it is getting. it is a decent action flick with good special effects (which i might mention special F/X is usually what Tsui Hark's movies focus on) i found the first 30 minutes or so kind of slow but then it gets more interesting. defintely worth a couple of bucks!!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, refreshingly exotic vampire movie August 31, 2003
Format:DVD
Watching Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters was a new and very enjoyable experience for me. I had never heard of Tsui Hark before, and I know next to nothing about Asian cinema, but the premise and previews of this movie intrigued me. I was especially interested in learning just what an Asian vampire might look like. I have since learned that Tsui Hark is one of the biggest names in Hong Kong cinema, and I know that some viewers of this film were quite disappointed in it, deeming it unworthy of the great Tsui Hark. For my part, I can't imagine how this movie would disappoint any horror or martial arts fan. I enjoyed it tremendously. Certainly, the plot is a little confusing, but the subtitles to the Cantonese dialogue are above average. The intense action is almost nonstop and blindingly fast, and the special effects are, in my opinion, quite impressive.
The story takes place in 17th century China, where zombies walk the earth; eventually, those feeding zombies turn into vampires. Only one brave wise man referred to only as Master and his four intrepid followers, who assume the names Lightning, Wind, Rain, and Thunder, have the skill and courage to hunt these vampires down and kill them. An intense confrontation with a Vampire King leaves the four men separated from the Master, yet they continue to hunt the undead on their own. Having detected the presence of a vampire with their compass (yes, compass) in a certain area, they end up serving in the court of a wealthy gentleman named Jiang whose efforts to propagate his family line take a turn for the worst when his son dies of a snakebite on the night of his marriage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We laughed ourselves silly April 3, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
My family loves really stupid movies and this one actually passes out of that genre into good fun. The fight scenes were surprisingly well done; the actors were charming. And, yes, the film had almost no logic, but it got to the point that we just said "HUH?" when it would suddenly not make sense (and there were so many loose threads at the end!! What about the snake?? What about Jiao and Dragon??? What about all the bandits who got attacked???). And when the "zombie wrangler" (that is a truly masterful stupid translation) awakens the zombies and they begin to HOP everywhere -- well, stupid fun just doesn't get any better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHINESE VAMPIRE HUNTERS AND GREAT FIGHT SCENES AND ORIGINAL DEPICTIONS...
This goes beyond the usual neck sucking vampire film. It shows the Chinese vampire hunters in a context of the 17th century in rural China. Read more
Published 6 months ago by yuri_nahl
3.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Vampire Hunters
The high-flying action of Hong Kong Horror cinema returns with Tsui Hark's VAMPIRE HUNTERS! Four warriors set out on an epic quest to destroy the powerful vampire lord that has... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters
I love this movie. It is cheesiness at its best. Has a good story with both horror and comedy elements. Comedy isnt overly silly. Some nice fighting scenes. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Kyhobbit
2.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBIES INTO VAMPIRES???
I don't know if this tale is based of Chinese folklore or if they just screwed up trying to copy American horror film. Zombies can become vampires if they eat enough human flesh. Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by The Movie Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Tsui Hark didn't direct this one
The name is somewhat misleading. Tsui Hark only bears the Producer credit, and some other guy actually directs this. Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by M. Leung
2.0 out of 5 stars Vampire hunting
Tsui Hark has created some of Chinese cinema's best, such as "Chinese Ghost Story," "Zu Warriors" and "Once Upon A Time in China. Read more
Published on May 26, 2007 by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars I think
I think that previous movies had the gyonsi glide more than an out and out hop. And those were comedies, this is supposed to be taken more seriously. Read more
Published on August 8, 2006 by Hank Carlson
2.0 out of 5 stars Hop Schmop
Hop Schmop. It's a dumb movie. I can't believe reviewers defending the classic tradition of the hopping zombie. I mean are these people typing that with a straight face? Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by Andy
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip This One
I rented this one, but found it to be a waste of time. The fight scenes were decent, but the vampire was more like a severly decayed corpse. I found it to be a letdown.
Published on July 17, 2005 by BIGTONE
3.0 out of 5 stars Seven Samurai meets Night of the Lepus
The plot is incomprehensible, the special effects are sometimes less than desired but you have to give it credit for being the very first movie in the world with HOPPING ZOMBIES. Read more
Published on January 16, 2005 by traderje
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