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Vampire Hunter D (1985)
"Kyûketsuki hantâ D" (original title)

Unrated  |  Video  |   |  Animation, Action, Fantasy  |  26 March 1993 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
D (voice)
Michie Tomizawa ...
Doris (voice)
Seizô Katô ...
Lee (voice)
Satoko Kifuji ...
Lamika (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe ...
Rei Ginsei (voice)
Motomu Kiyokawa ...
Feringo (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Greco (voice)
Kazuko Yanaga ...
Older Snake Sister (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...
Younger Snake Sister (voice)
Keiko Toda ...
Dan (voice)
Yasuo Muramatsu ...
Roman (voice)
Kan Tokumaru ...
Danton (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Left Hand / Narrator (voice)
Kazumi Tanaka ...
O'Reilly (voice)
Shinya Ôtaki ...
Gimlet (voice)


In a far-future time ruled by the supernatural, a young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <>

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The sword D carries is a Grosse Messer (German for Great Knife) See more »


Count Magnus Lee: I've lived for almost ten thousand years. Believe me you have no idea what that means: boredom. Everlasting and hideous boredom. A never ending search for ways to pass the time... and mating with a human female is one of the few I enjoy. Eventually they become tiresome. For in spite of their vitality, they are fundamentally stupid creatures who couldn't survive without the nobility to rule them. Perhaps now you'll understand my wanting to have some fun every thousand years or so?
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References White Zombie (1932) See more »


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A thoughtful and well-told story, Anime-style...

One of the things I have learned to appreciate in my ongoing exploration of Japanese Anime is it's willingness to tell a reasonably adult, well-thought-out and plotted story. Vampire Hunter D is the best example of such storytelling that I have seen in any recent fantasy piece (animated and non).

The one thing I appreciated about this film was that no one in it is a cardboard cutout. Evil is not portrayed as monolithic (if anything, it's shown as just amorality cubed) nor all humans automatically "good guys". Just like in the real world, everybody wants something. Doris wants revenge on a personal level and safety for her village on a community one. Count Lee wants to marry a bride to pass the time. His daughter wants this marriage to be stopped. The Count's time-twisting underling wants to go beyond his current station as loyal henchman. Doris' suitor wants her all to himself. D wants...well, what does D want?

Of all the characters in this story, D is the most enigmatic. If movies do indeed have a Tarot deck, as Stephen King suggests in "Danse Macabre", then D falls under the Eternal Loner (which also applies to such cinema protagonists as Eastwood's Man with No Name in the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns and Lee Marvin's Walker in "Point Blank"). A half-human, half-vampiric descendent of the legendary Count Dracula himself, he is a man of two worlds, yet not truly a part of either. In one, he is barely tolerated out of necessity. In the other, he is hated for his chosen profession. His terse dialogue makes Eastwood look as talkative as Groucho Marx. By personal choice, he has cut himself off from all emotional ties to the people around him who, I'm fairly sure, will die long before he will (consider the comment regarding Doris' confession of love: "I know.").

The big question regarding D is why? Why does he do what he does? I'm not sure that he actually killed his father, as his conversation with Count Lee's daughter would seem to disprove. Perhaps his father saw how the vampires were changing the world and not for the better. Perhaps he instilled in his son the need to always protect those who are weaker than he from the many predators that this world had to offer (as a nobleman who felt a genuine, if patriarchial, concern for his people, it is not impossible that this would be so). One thing is certain: he does not kill his chosen prey for the common reasons that other men do: money, power, prestige, or even love. Maybe he kills to make the world a better place. Who can truly say? Maybe the new movie on the way will provide some answers.

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