Blood: The Last Vampire
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From a producer of Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon comes BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, based on the cult hit anime series. Demons have infested Earth, and only one warrior stands between the dark and the light: Saya, a half-human, half-vampire samurai who preys on those who feast on human blood. Joining forces with the shadowy society known as the Council, Saya is dispatched to an American military base, where an intense series of swordfights leads her to the deadliest vampire of all. And now after 400 years, Saya's greatest hunt is about to begin.
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A couple of the actors I recognized from television: Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth on HBO's Game of Thrones), and Allison Miller (Skye from the short-lived but fun Terra Nova). This was my first experience with Jun Ji-hyun (aka "Gianna"), and I have to admit that her portrayal of the central character (Saya) in this picture was breathtaking. Whether she is slicing and dicing the enemy or simply staring them down, she brings life to the screen, eclipsing everyone else.
This is not a film for vampire purists. It is a mishmash of genres (thankfully comedy is not blended in), so may actually appeal more to fans of kung-fu and anime than to goths who revere the "traditional" vampire. Its making was an international venture, with production in France, Argentina, Hong Kong, Beijing, Los Angeles, and London. Although the CGI is rough around the edges (the rooftop demon was particularly unsightly and reminiscent of stop motion animation from decades ago), the visuals in Blood: The Last Vampire were often enchanting, as in Ancient Japan / "other side of the looking glass" scenes... glad I purchased the Blu-ray version.
Overall, I found this worth my time, but couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing.
the first of the Wesley Snipes "Blood" series... the special FX is a specific Asian style
different than what we normally see, so some of the monsters look "different"... but rather
like some of the transformations of vampire to flying monster in, i think, the second of
the Underworld series with Kate Beckinsale (sp?). What makes the film, totally, is
the young lead actress. Hands down, she is what makes the film.
As for recommendations, I'd say if you enjoyed the 2000 Anime version of Blood: The Last Vampire you'll like this one if for no other reason than it tries to fill in some of the gaps from the original. The 2000 film always left me feeling like I was watching the pilot for a "soon to be released" series which never came. Also, fans of the Blood+ and Blood-C series may want to take a look simply because, after all, it's Saya.
As a final note I want to say this film has one of the best fight sequences I've seen in quite some time. To be certain, there was plenty of wire-work, but it was still visceral and exciting.
I liked the s wordplay and the storyline. This is a story of a young woman who just happens to be a vampire and who drinks blood out a bottle. Her mission is to kill demons. Beyond that there is a personality evolution as time goes by. I will not say more. You will just have to watch and discern the play.
The cast is mostly unknown in the U.S. I think- with Blood's ( a Korean actress using an Italian name) American friend not a part of the cartoon version.
The thing was filmed in China, I'm not sure why.
Worth looking at for an afternoon's entertainment but I won't wear out my DVD player with it.