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Genre: Thriller/Action
Starring: Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Koyuki, Yasuaki Kurata
Director: Chris Nahon
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Year Made: 2009



- The Making of Blood: The Last Vampire Featurette



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 29 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




The deadliest assassin to stand the test of time. From the makers 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 (Gianna Jun), 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.


As viewers, how do you spot a bad production? Is it the cheesy special effects? The haphazard ending? The terrible acting and storyline? I guess as much.

Spearheaded by famed producer Bill Kong (Hero, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Blood: The Last Vampire tells the story of Saya (Gianna Jun), a half-vampire-half-human who works with a mysterious organization called the Council to eliminate vampires who are living among the humans. Saya’s main motive is to destroy her biggest enemy, Onigen (Koyuki), the oldest and most powerful vampire of all and also the one who manipulate and killed her father.

Written by Chris Chow (Fearless) and directed by French helmer, Chris Nahon (Kiss of the Dragon), Blood: The Last Vampire is a half-baked take on the human vs vampire genre. While the original material is a 45 minutes anime short film, the movie adaptation fares no matter in fleshing out the characters and storyline in the 89 minutes running time.

Despite having Korean starlet (from My Sassy Girl), Jun Ji-hyun renamed Gianna for the international markets, Japanese veteran martial-arts actor Yasuaki Kurata and SK-II spokesperson/actress Koyuki in the lead roles, Blood: The Last Vampire fails to impress with its filmsy story-telling and paper-thin characters. A young white character by the name of Alice has no place in this movie but here she is as sort of a disposable sidekick to Saya. And what is the role of the Council and all their mysterious agents? It seems the script has no further exposition on them except drabbing them in shades, trenchcoats and guns. What is so terrifying about Onigen then? All we can say is Koyuki looks ravishing in that white dress and kimono at the end of the day.

Every item on Blood: The Last Vampire’s checklist went wrong including the MTV-style quick cuts, slow-mo and frenetic cinematography that defeats the daunting stuntwork puts in by Gianna and Corey Yuen’s action choreography. The creature and visual effects were such a big letdown that it looks laughingly bad when the vampire turns into something that looks like a hybrid of a man-in-suit and the swamp creature. And wait, there’s the bat-creature-attacking-a-truck scene which reeks as the one seen in Underworld Evolution as well.

To be honest, the first 30 minutes was at least bearable to me and yes even the copious amount of CG blood that will make any blood donation drive goes wild. But when the plot and the various concepts that make the movie works went nowhere, it’s high time for Gianna to hang up her katana and slip back to rom-coms and Jun Ji-hyun perhaps.


The Making of segments is spilt into 1 and 2. Running almost 30 minutes altogether, it consist mainly behind-the-scenes footages and interviews with the cast and crew. The second segment which is far more interesting focuses more on Gianna’s stunts and training.

To make up for the lackluster VFX, the Dolby Digital 5.1 on the other hand is fantastic with solid sound effects and as spoken in the review the visual looks pathetic even on the small screen especially the truck-rolling-down-the-hill sequence.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 25 January 2010


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