What more could I ask for? My favorite Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun from my favorite movie “My Sassy Girl” is going to the heroine killing off waves after waves of demons slash vampires slash unholy creatures and save the … OK, I don’t quite know what she is saving for. It’s Jun Ji-hyun. Who cares about the story?
Apparently, TK from our Movie Review Squad cares. He shook his head in dismay as the end credit rolled and said, “I don’t like it”. Cynthia and I love the Buffy kind of one girl against all. So we love “Blood The Last Vampire”.
I suspect the original Japanese Anime may be of a higher value in originality, from what I’ve read. Some scenes of “Blood” reminds me of the movie “Underworld”. It’s not one of those typical vampire series. Saya – the main character played by Jun – looks 100% human except her eyes turn red when I suppose she is getting a power booster? The absence of romance makes “Blood” unique from other vampire series. And instead, the deepening of friendship between the 400 years old half human half vampire Saya and another girl is kind of … hot.
I wish “Blood” was shot entirely in Japanese with a Japanese casting. A filming team from what appears as China and Argentina making a Western movie leaves much room to desire for. Having said that, Jun Ji-hyun’s (or Gianna Jun as her new screen name) English is pretty convincing. Venturing into a relatively hardcore action role – knowing how tough it must have been – is an amiable effort. The ending may seem strange to some. To someone who loves Wuxia type of Chinese novels, this type of heroine saving the … whatever worth fighting for is certainly my cup of tea.
Yes, “Blood” is a rather bloody film to watch. It is because in the original story, those self-healing demons – Chiroptera – can only be killed by causing them to lose a large amount of blood with one attack. There you go. The lore of “Blood” in a nutshell.