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Vampire Effect (2004)

Gillian Chung , Charlene Choi , Dante Lam , Donnie Yen  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Ekin Cheng, Edison Chen
  • Directors: Dante Lam, Donnie Yen
  • Writers: Hing-Ka Chan, Wai Lun Ng
  • Producers: Albert Yeung, Bey Logan, Carl Chang, Kingman Cho
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AVZ8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vampire Effect" on IMDb

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It's a high kicking showdown on the darkside when two young girls are chosen to battle the Fifth Prince of the Vampire Nation. The Duke, one the most dangerous of the undead is determined to bring anew age of darkness upon the earth as the hunts the Fifth Prince with vial of blood and ancient Vampire Bible. But ace vampire slayer Reeve will not rest until the fight is over and with the help of his innocent sister, a feisty young beauty and an unlikely hero, they wage the ultimate martial artsshowdown!

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Playful Hong-kong actioner "Vampire Effect" is also known as "The Twins Effect" which describes its nature more precisely. The film was a big hit in summer 2003 in Hong Kong partly because its stars -- enormously popular singers, "Twins." The duo Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi play the main characters of the film, kind of the Oriental "Buffy" vamipre killers, and any mention of the name Jackie CHan means just a cameo (though it comes with a good action).
The story is too simple and unoriginal to take seriously. Reeve (Ekin Cheng) is a vamipre hunter whose sister Helen (Charlene Choi) falls in love with ... yes, a handsome and benevolent vampire prince Kazav (Edison Chen). But a villainous European vampire (Swiss-born Mickey Hardt) comes all the way to Hong Kong, to seek for the secret of the holy book, and so on and on. You also meet a novice vamire hunter (Gillian Chung), who naturally falls in love with Reeve.
Just because this film is a vehicle for the two pop idols does not mean "Vampire Effect" stinks. The fact is, because of the participation of Donnie Yen ("Blade 2" or Jet Li's "Hero"), the action sequence is more than satisfactory, and even the two heroines' actions are not bad. Donnie Yen provides very good stunts, especially when he uses swords, and though the girls are not perfect fighters, it is easily felt that they did hard training for the film.
I found the acting "Twins" acceptable, if not great. Though some may hate it, I thought their way of screaming or smiling very cute. And you should remember, this is "Buffy" not runner for the Oscars. If the girls look cartoonish (and they do), why complain? They know what they are doing.
Jackie Chan appears, but his extended cameo (he shows up twice) means a few (but respectable and funny) stunts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun March 25, 2005
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Here we go again: no sooner do I brag about how I can't stand to watch vampire movies, how I simply won't watch another one no matter how many people sing their praises, than I'm sitting down in front of the television for yet another excursion into this tired genre. In my opinion I've seen too many Count Dracula knockoffs, too many stakes pounded through chests and too many wholesome maidens swooning in the arms of a cape wearing bloodsucker, to give a darn about the latest vampire effort. I should say I have seen a few films in this genre that I liked and would watch again, namely "Fright Night" and some of the Christopher Lee/Hammer pictures, but I have no desire to spend a day or two a month plodding through the expansive library that must surely now exist for these films. It seems like every young director with a love for horror and a dream makes a vampire flick on his first or second outing (zombie and slasher pictures rank high, too), and I won't have it anymore. MAKE SOMETHING ELSE! Use that gray matter between your ears and come up something original for once! Please, no more vampire pictures!

Having said that, I kneel before the alter of hypocrisy when I say that I liked "Vampire Effect." In fact, I think it's a dandy little picture with a lot of charm. It's a story set sometime in the future (amazing how the future looks like a couple of years ago, but that's o.k.) when vampires present a big problem. There's even some agency that trains people to go out and defang these monstrosities, an agency that provides its operatives with little glass vials of vampire blood so as to grant these soldiers a few minutes of supernatural fighting ability.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cute and stupid, but fun June 30, 2004
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The Vampire Effect (aka., The Twins Effect) is a campy Hong Kong fooey flick, featuring a pair of Chinese pop stars--the "Twins" Gillian Chung and Charlene Choi. So imagine, if you will, a Buffy-esque movie featuring a pair of uber-cute punk-adorable pop stars, a slick-yet-inexplicably-corny gang of "royal" vampires, a vicious pack of (one must assume) lesser proletariat vampires, and an extended cameo wherein Jackie Chan attempts to wed a staggering alcoholic.
In short, there is no taking this movie seriously; but this is acceptable and even enjoyable, because no one ever took this movie less seriously than the people who made it--with the possible exception of the people who are "acting" in it.
The plot is remarkably unremarkable: a froofy European vampire is nancing about the globe killing vampire princes in order to open a magical book that will endow him with extra super special Vampire Powers of Doom™. The last of these vampire princes has taken up residence with his entourage in a spooky church, which he uses as courting headquarters to gain the affections of (you guessed it) a bad-assed vampire hunter's baby sister. These star-crossed lovers spend their courtship giggling on the phone, crashing the occasional wedding (see previous reference to Jackie Chan), and slinking around behind big brother vampire slayer's back.
Of course, as part of this classist fable of economic disparity where wealth and social status equal moral virtue, the hot young vampire prince with a pre-teen spikey hair-do is really a good vampire--unlike the unwashed vampire masses, who eat babies and kick puppies. This upstanding royal lad becomes the target of Mr. Evil European Vampire, esq.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie great movie
Published 1 day ago by raven
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome vampire movie
i love, love, love ,love this movie its super cool and super cute in spots and very funny
Published 17 days ago by laura brock
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Fun, and the only time my wife got excited about seeing a martial arts movie (her idea to buy this, in fact).
Published 1 month ago by Yaphett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie hope there other one like this
Published 2 months ago by Nathan Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Even if it Isn't Oscar Worthy
Is this an Oscar winning performance? Not really. Is this a somewhat funny and amusing story with a little romance thrown in? Yes...Yes it is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MED
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire royalty, vampire hunters and a little Jackie Chan what more...
Chinese movies are so great because they seem to take an established genre (vampires) and add all kinds of new and fun things to them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love sfi with action and mix with suspend and thriller. And also I love women in action too not just men always
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Madriaga
5.0 out of 5 stars fun movie if you like comedy/action
It was the movie I was looking for. Fast delivery, good quality of product. Good action movie with some comedy thrown in.
Published 6 months ago by Lostprophet
3.0 out of 5 stars tend to agree, ... a bit stupid, ... but enjoyable
&,.... will probably be watching it, .. again, ...

maybe even two more times, ..

but, ... unlike 'zombie uncle'... which after several viewings.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
It's been so long since I've watched this movie & I'm so glad I was able to find it & buy it at a low price.
Published 6 months ago by Araceli Garcia
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