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Saturday, June 27, 2009

BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE

By D.E.Levine

Director: Chris Nahon
Screenplay: Kenji Kamiyama, Katsuya TeradaAndrew Pleavin, Larry Lamb, Constatine Gregory, Ailish O'Connor, Joey Anaya, Jamal Duff, John Duff et al.
Cast: Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Masiela Lusha, J.J.Field, Koyuki, Liam Cunningham, Yasuaki Kurata, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon,
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Actiion, Horror, Thriller

This is a remake of a wonderful 2000 short anime film and while this live action version is good, the original is better.

Saya, a half-human, half-vampire femal being fights vampires, monsters and demons with a sword/katana that cuts through them all.

The action sequences employ fast cuts, close ups, and slow motion to mask the fact that the star is not a martial arts expert.

There's an over-reliance on CGI, very bloody and gory scenes, and this movie is not for the weak of heart or stomach.

The ninja attack in a forest is well done, but the main villain, Onigen, lacks credibility and doesn't come across as significantly evil.

There are story lines like the ultra-secretive Council that gets lost midway through the film and is never finalized. The plot is thin and the cinematography is choppy.

In order to enjoy this film it's necessary to see it as a straight forward action film with less than a stellar plot and choppy continuity.