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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Yoshiaki Kawajiri
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Studio: Urban Vision
Genre: Anime, Horror Anime, Vampires, Anime Feature Films
Running Time: 105 min.
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Long a favorite with Japanimation aficionados, Vampire Hunter D is based on the third of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels about a futuristic human-vampire hybrid warrior. In the year 12,090, vampires are the rulers of the night, something to which Vampire Hunter D is helping to put an end. After the daughter of a rich man is kidnapped by vampire Meier Link, Vampire Hunter D is hired for ten million dollars to find the girl and bring her back to safety. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Much more thought provoking than one would expect by mschwartz January 7, 2008 - 10:58 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I came into this expecting a fun, dark, violent, and likely mindless entertainment. I mean, it's the story of a self-engrossed vampire bounty hunter in a race with other hunters to retrieve a damsel-in-distress for a large cash sum. Doesn't sound very deep, does it? It keeps going like that for most of the first hour, and then things start to shift. Not much is what it seems at all, and the pure good vs evil dynamic gets more than a little blurry. Unexpected, yet quite welcome. Toss in the amazing visuals, great voice work by a cast of unknowns (to me anyway), and you have quick an excellent film.

Gorgeous work of art by hneline1 June 13, 2002 - 12:20 AM PDT
16 out of 16 members found this review helpful
I'm impressed. Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City) creates a gorgeous work of art in this anime film. The quality and detail of the animation are superb, and there are a number of haunting scenes -- the opening sequence when Vampire Meier Link comes to abduct Charlotte and all the crosses fold over; D capturing the arrow against a bulbous moon, with billowing cape on his cyber-stallion; and my favorite is still the school of giant sand mantas breaching out of the dunes. This is a dark and violent film exploring love, death, loneliness and hope. It is more sensual than sexual, with a lot of action. I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in animation, vampires, or gothic action with a blend of science fiction.

Also, this is a unique anime film in that the original version is completely in English. The Japanese theatrical release was in English with Japanese subtitling. Director Kawajiri created the animation in Japan but came to the U.S. (Emeryville, CA!) to work with American voice actors, sound technicians and musicians. The end product is a true collaboration. The disk contains a number of excellent extras, including a fascinating "Making of ..." documentary with interviews and shots of the U.S. crew working with Kawajiri.

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(Average 7.75)
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