I finally watched Blood: The Last Vampire! Yes, I’m behind on my movie watching. However, it was the live-action version I saw, not the anime. Tsk tsk. The live-action was inspired by the influential anime, which came out back in 2000 and was a huge hit worldwide that received cult status. The live-action film on the other hand came out in 2009 and uh, it didn’t do as well as the original. But in spite of that, it’s by no means a bad film.
Blood: The Last Vampire is about the deadliest assassin out there, Saya, a half-human, half-vampire warrior. The world is infested by demons and the only one with the strength and skill to take them down is this badass woman. In the film Saya joins forces with a shady secret society known as the Council. They place her in a school located on an American military base in Japan, where in the guise of a normal schoolgirl, she searches for clues to the one demon she has been waiting all of her life to kill, Onigen, the demon that killed her father.
Blood: The Last Vampire is badass. And that about sums it up. Seriously though, this film is packed full of action, amazing swordsmanship, fighting scenes and lots and lots of blood. While the story isn’t he most original, it’s not the story alone that makes this film so fantastic. It’s the dark and chilling tone of the film, the powerful and moving battle scenes and the emotion of the characters. It’s one of those films that you can’t take your eyes off of. However, it wasn’t perfect by any means. The CGI is this film is laughably bad at times, when the demons run around you can’t help but smirk. Also, while the fighting scenes are what this film is all about, some of them go on for WAY to long. But other than that, I really enjoyed this film.
I will add that this movie isn’t for everyone, if you loved films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero then you’ll absolutely love Blood: The Last Vampire too (all three were made by the same people after all). But if you don’t care much for epic sword fights then I’d suggest you pass on this one.
Has anyone else seen Blood: The Last Vampire? If so, what did you think?