Film #195: BLOOD
3 out of 5 stars
One thing is for sure… director Ten Shimoyama makes a beautiful looking film. His past films (OTOGIRISO aka ST JOHN’S WORT, SHINOBI: HEART UNDER BLADE) were visually stunning even if their stories were a little weak and wonky. For better or worse, BLOOD keeps up that tradition. BLOOD is, at its core, a rather traditional vampire story (human protagonist gets “turned” and must deal with adjusting to his new Life). What makes it slightly different is that it is that traditional tale told through the eyes of a Japanese director. These vampires aren’t your typical Japanese vampire. In fact, they are much more similar to western bloodsuckers than anything else (although they seem to have no trouble being out in the daylight). All of the actors are attractive especially female vamp lead, Aya Sugimoto (FLOWER AND SNAKE 1 & 2) and the set design is at times stunning. However, the cinematography lands somewhere between HDDV and a made-for-Japanese-TV-movie. The FX are ok with one or two interesting CG vampire demises (think BLADE). Oh, and there’s also a lot of nudity and softcore sex. In the end though, BLOOD is a decent if predictable vampire flick with enough action and sex to hold interest. If you’re in the mood for a modern vampire flick with an Asian flair, BLOOD will fit the bill.