Those of you who are eagerly anticipating Jeon Ji-hyun’s next appearance on the big screen will know this already, but Blood: the Last Vampire opens in the UK on June 26. The official UK website is now up and running, and we saw a brief clip on Jonathan Ross’s show earlier this week.
Judging by the trailer, the film is straight from the House of Crouching Heroes school of movie making. Wire-work is to the fore: limbs flail in an ungainly manner as the combatants are winched through the air. The women wear beautiful but impractical clothes. Straw-hatted ninjas spring from beneath an autumnal forest floor. There’s probably a lot of brooding. Maybe the twist with Blood: the Last Vampire is the darker urban elements.
The synopsis from the film’s site sets the scene:
On the surface, Saya is a stunning 17-year-old, 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 matriarch 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 that her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability for human connection.
Absolutely not to be taken seriously, but it looks like a fun way to spend an hour or so.
- Blood: the Last Vampire official UK site