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Blood: The Last Vampire

Blood: The Last VampireBlood: The Last Vampire this year’s
  coolest, bloodiest vampire movie.
Based on the Japanese anime of the
  same name, it
full of gripping, non-
  stop action and intense swordfights

BACK IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY, the bloody Onin war saw demons assuming human form to settle among mortals and prey on them. The fearless Samurai Kiyomasa rose up against them and became a revered demon hunter until he was brutally slain by the oldest and vilest of the demons, Onigen.

Centuries later, in 1970 Tokyo, a mysterious and beautiful 16-year-old called Saya (Gianna Jun) joins forces with the shadowy society known as The Council and together they seek to rid the world of the demons. There have already been three suspicious deaths on Kanto US Air Force Base in Tokyo and The Council is certain that demons are responsible.

Posing as a new pupil, Saya starts at the local high school and is warned not to blow her cover unless it is absolutely necessary. She befriends Alice McKee (Allison Miller: Kings, Desperate Housewives) — the daughter of General Howard McKee (Larry Lamb) — who is targeted by the demons, and together they take on a powerful adversary.

But Saya hides a secret that she would rather nobody discovered. Her father was killed by the vile Onigen when she was just a child and she was trained by his most loyal retainer Kato (Yasuaki Kurata) in martial arts, using her father's Samurai sword, in order that she should fulfil her destiny: to kill the demon who killed her father. And that demon has arrived in Tokyo to seek her out…

Slick and stylish, this martial arts creation is the story of Saya and her fight to reclaim the Earth from the demons who have invaded it and avenge her father. Interestingly, her new high school class is studying Mary Shelley's Frankenstein rather than Bram Stoker's Dracula.

How is Saya able to tell the demons from the humans? Will she fulfil her destiny, rid the world of Onigen and find peace? And what is the secret she carries with her into the world of men?

Blood: The Last Vampire is a fantastic and gripping story of a legendary world of vampires and is a brilliant and satisfying film. By virtue of the fact that this is a vampire film it is somewhat bloody, but ultimately it is a pleasing slice of high-octane action not to be missed!

Directed and Produced by the impressive combined talents of Chris Nahon (Chasing The Dragon, Kiss Of The Dragon) and William Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hero) Blood: The Last Vampire is based on the hugely popular cult hit anime series of the same name.

Screenplay is by Chris Chow; Produced by William Kong and Abel Nahmias. Director of Photography is Poon Hang Sang; Music composed by Clint Mansell. The film also features: Liam Cunningham as Michael; J J Field as Luke; Yasuaki Kurata as Kato; Colin Salmon as Powell; Andrew Pleavin as Frank; Masiela Lusha as Sharon; and Ailish O'Connor as Linda.

Described as this year's coolest, bloodiest vampire movie and a cut above the rest, Blood: The Last Vampire comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 2 November (2009). Certificate: 18 | RRP: £24.99 (Blu-ray) & £15.99 (DVD) | Running Time: 91 Minutes | Extras: Photo Gallery; Theatrical Trailer; Manga Trailer | Featurettes: Gianna; Chris Nahon; Cory Yuen; The Metro; The Alley; Japanese Stars.

"Blood: The Last Vampire is a fantastic and gripping story of a legendary world of vampires and is a brilliant and satisfying film" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar