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Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor) | Allison Miller (Actor) | Koyuki (Actor)
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Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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My Sassy Girl's Jeon Ji Hyun makes her English-language debut in the 2009 fantasy action thriller Blood: The Last Vampire directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss of the Dragon). Based on the same-titled 2000 animated feature, Blood revolves around a mysterious female slayer who battles hordes of vampires in postwar Japan. Billed under her English name Gianna, Jeon Ji Hyun dons the trademark pigtails and sailor suit uniform for a tough-as-nails turn as the katana-wielding heroine. Playing Jeon's arch-nemesis is another crossover Asian star, popular Japanese actress Koyuki from The Last Samurai. Featuring impressive CG effects and sword and wirework action choreographed by Corey Yuen (Red Cliff), Blood: The Last Vampire presents a gritty, gothic world of fantastical adventure and thrilling action.

Though she looks like a teenage girl, Saya (Jeon Ji Hyun) has actually been hunting bloodsuckers for centuries. Allied with a top-secret government organization, Saya's only goal is to track down Onigen, the most powerful of all vampires. Her quest brings her to a US military airbase which has seen numerous vampire attacks. Saya goes undercover at the local high school to investigate, but all hell breaks loose when classmate and general's daughter Alice (Allison Miller) discovers her identity. Much blood is shed and vampires slayed as Saya's dark past is slowly revealed, bringing her closer than ever to Onigen.

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Product Title: Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 血戰新世紀 (2009) (DVD) (香港版) 血战新世纪 (2009) (DVD) (香港版) ラスト・ブラッド (香港版) Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jun Ji Hyun (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor) | Allison Miller (Actor) | Koyuki (Actor) 全 智賢 (Actor) | 倉田保昭 (Actor) | Allison Miller (Actor) | 小雪 (Actor) 全 智贤 (Actor) | 仓田保昭 (Actor) | Allison Miller (Actor) | 小雪 (Actor) チョン・ジヒョン (Actor) | 倉田保昭 (Actor) | Allison Miller (Actor) | 小雪 (Actor) 전 지현 (Actor) | Kurata Yasuaki (Actor) | Allison Miller (Actor) | Koyuki (Actor)
Director: Chris Nahon 基斯拿漢 基斯拿汉 クリス・ナオン Chris Nahon
Release Date: 2009-10-22
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), DTS Extended Surround(TM) / DTS-ES(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021410082

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* The Features:
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailers
- Making of
- Photo Gallery

Director : Chris Nohan

On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year old girl, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400 year-old “halfling”.
Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner, obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. When she is sent onto an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization she works for, Saya immediately senses that this may be her opportunity to finally destroy Onigen, the evil patriarch of all vampires. Using her superhuman strength and her sword, she begins to rid the base of its evil infestation in a series of spectacular and elaborate showdowns. However, it is not until she forms her first human friendship in centuries with the young daughter of the base’s general that Saya learns her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability for human connection…
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Professional Review of "Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 9, 2009

This professional review refers to Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Korea Version)
Blood: The Last Vampire is an interesting proposition, not only because it sees Jeon Ji Hyun (My Sassy Girl), one of Korea's most popular actresses, making her English language debut, but also since it represents one of the few Hollywood Japanese anime adaptations to make a real effort to build upon its source material. The film is based upon the 2000 anime from Production I.G of Ghost in the Shell fame, which was directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo (one of the key animators who worked on the classic Akira), and was helmed by Chris Nahon, who previously had cross-cultural cinematic experiences with the French-English outings Empire of the Wolves and Kiss of the Dragon, arguably one of Jet Li's better Western efforts. Adding to its pedigree is the presence of Corey Yuen, one of Hong Kong's most prolific and best known action directors, who recently worked on the likes of Transporter 3 and John Woo's epic Red Cliff.

Set in the 1970s, the plot follows Jeon Ji Hyun (billed in the West as Gianna Jun) as Saya, who may look like a cute young girl, but who is actually a centuries old vampire-human hybrid who has dedicated her life to hunting down and killing demons. When the shady organisation she works for called The Council gets word of Onigen (Japanese actress Koyuki, also in The Last Samurai), the most powerful vampire, whom Saya just happens to have a personal grudge against, she sets off in pursuit, heading to a US Airbase in Japan where she goes undercover at the local high school. Sure enough, the base is being plagued by mysterious deaths, and she wastes no time in cutting her way through the hiding demons, reluctantly taking the young daughter (television actress Allison Miller) of the base's general under her protection. Unsurprisingly, she soon gets her chance to confront Onigen, though things turn out to be far more complicated than expected.

Given that the anime clocked in at just 48 minutes and was decidedly light on narrative, Blood: The Last Vampire is one of the few examples where the stretching out of plot details usually seen in Hollywood adaptations offers a real opportunity to improve upon the original. To his credit, scriptwriter Chris Chow does make a concerted effort in this respect, fleshing out the character of Saya, and giving her more in the way of back story and motivation for her bloody quest. This works reasonably well, though its arguable whether her having flashbacks revolving around her old master (martial arts veteran Yasuaki Kurata, recently in Shinjuku Incident) and training scenes are preferable to the cold mystique which defined her in the original. Other characters don's fare quite so well, most notably Alison Miller, who has presumably been written in to give Western audiences a vaguely recognisable face, but who serves no purpose other than to annoy and to inspire the hope that Saya will turn her back for a second and leave her to the demons. Even with such subplots and sidetracks, the film still only runs around an hour and a half, which is probably just as well since the story clearly works perfectly well as a lean piece of action.

Certainly, the fight scenes are the film's de raison d'etre, and on that score it doesn't disappoint, with Corey Yuen's choreography being fast moving and slick. Although the special effects are a little ropey in places and some of the CGI blood looks a little over the top, the film is exciting and suitably violent, with some nicely handled set pieces, especially those during the first 20 minutes. The action has a winning East meets West flavour, and although not quite up to the standards of true martial arts cinema, is definitely far more thrilling than most of the drab genre efforts coming from Hollywood. Nahon's direction is lively and stylish, and though his sense of pace is somewhat off, unwisely dropping in too many flashbacks during the final act, he does show a good visual sense, creating a strange pan-Asian fusion setting.

Perhaps most importantly, for Asian film fans at least, Jeon Ji Hyun is excellent in the lead role. Whilst unfortunately she is not given too many lines or much in the way of substantial dialogue, she has a genuine screen presence, and manages to add a touch of depth to what could otherwise have been a fairly stereotypical Asian-in-Hollywood cute but violent type role. Performing well during the action scenes and acquitting herself admirably enough during the melodrama, she successfully manages to carry the film, suggesting that she would certainly be more than capable of tackling more serious fare.

Although Blood: The Last Vampire is clearly quite the opposite, it still makes for fun and exciting, if undemanding viewing. Nahon does a reasonable job of bringing the slight anime to life and delivers an enjoyably daft martial arts creature feature which doesn't do any great disservice to the source material.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.7 out of 10 (3)

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January 4, 2010

This customer review refers to Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Katanastruck Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Although I’d previously read various downers about the fake looking CGI blood (there’s fake rain here, too, you know), ‘politically correct’ plot elements and the like, I absolutely enjoyed every minute of B:TLV. ( I watch bloody action films in moderation however). I wanted to see this as much for Ji-hyon (she’s greaaat!) as for the Production I.G. anime it was based on, but would certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys action horror films like “Underworld”. As its been ages since I watched the original BTLV anime I can’t scrutinise or compare the parallel elements now. But this adaptation certainly delivers, the violent action-CGI martial arts and swift cutting stop motion all impressively intense (Saya’s katana splices, plunges and dices to make even Excalibur blush with admiration) and its a well crafted compliment to the original 50 minute anime. Saya’s lengthy swordplay fight with Colin Salmon’s vampire brood is most definitely the key sequence, with a cacophony of violent acrobatic ballet where severed vampire limbs, torsos and heads fly everywhere – albeit odd blood. CGI blood does appear somewhat synthetic (like constipated red bubble bath here), but ironically the original’s anime cartoon blood is only red pen ink. I did wish the Saya v Onigen conflict was a little more unpredictable and convoluted than the anticlimactic final moment though. All-powerful Onigen seemed like she wanted to burst into an operatic aria than throw about powerful ancient powers. Saya and Colin Salmon’s monster fight was more virile. In fact the ending seemed too sudden. Battle conflict one minute – The End the next!

No doubt Ji-hyon worked extremely hard as Saya and considering she’s never done any action flicks before (apart from the few stints in “My Sassy Girl” as the Girl’s fantasy alter ego heroines Lara Croft et al) all her wire work and 10+ hours getting soaked in ‘fake’ rain deserves utmost applause. Ji-hyon used her energies well and would have to have prioritised her wirework. She learned a lot! Having also mastered English and along with her sincere and generous conduct, modesty and acting skills makes Ji-hyon an excellent Korean role model with great credence to all her work. This Japanese DVD features a 35 minutes making of (as does the HK version) mainly focusing on Ji-hyon’s action work, training et al plus a interspersed interviews with other cast members including Ji-hyun. If you want pulse bursting action – you’ve got it here!
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November 12, 2009

1 people found this review helpful

what happened? Customer Review Rated Bad 2 - 2 out of 10
If you are a fan of the anime , this movie will disappoint . The movie begins well , but once you arrive at the american base , it begins to change . The character of the powerful Saya is reduced to a confused halfling how boring ? and is saved by an american schoolgirl ! how stupid ! This re_write of the script is your typical politically correct american rubbish , not a shadow of the original , fast paced /exciting/bloody/dramatic and brilliant anime . What a pity to waste the talent of a great korean actress , who is perfect the good CGI with this purile rubbish .
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November 7, 2009

This customer review refers to Blood: The Last Vampire (2009) (Blu-ray) (Japan Version)
Works on Region B as well Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This japanese release of Blood the last vampire actually works on Region B as well.
Japanese version contains DTS HD soundtrack!!

The movie is not as bad as people say although there is some bad CGI effects.
I enjoyed the movie which is a real popcorn flick, I havent seen the anime and I honestly dont care if it´s the same as the anime or not as Im judging this movie on it´s own merits.
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