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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Interesting take on vampire movies. But it is more of a movie about a broken romance than about vampires, something which is discovered at the end of the movie, but implied... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ZenDodge69
Mostly bought this for Aya Sugimoto. She is still great looking, but not enough of her. The movie is good but not memorable.Published 22 months ago by pdonat_sd
good old school movie for movie fans ! great price,fast service! excellent buy!Published 23 months ago by Gus Benjamin Heroe
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. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by MK3.0
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 morePublished on February 15, 2014 by anthony martinez
Blood manages to blend a detective story with a vampire story. Hoshino is following up on a cold case before the statutes run out. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by EdM.
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... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by greenfalcon0212
wonderful for movie and it's additive to watch!!! thank you for having this wonderful movie on line and thank you sooooo much!!!!Published on December 24, 2012 by tigerera2010
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 morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Ronda Pennycuff