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An exquisite Japanese animation production - heart-warming vampire tale, it is
Writer-director Yoshiaki Kawajiri gave us an absolutely fantastic animation
film. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001 U.S.) has excellent illustrations,
detailed and beautifully rendered. Story is intriguingly presented, mystery
and sentiments well-maintained. Original music by Marco D'Ambrosio is
impressive and aptly enhanced the atmosphere.
I kept saying WOW! Feeling WOW to its amazing, dazzling sight and sound and
music. The illustrative quality is awesome: the colors, the character
details, the backgrounds such all round attention, including character
development and storyline. There are action sequences to match Hollywood
productions, and a love story, too. The age old theme of romantic love, here
between human and vampire, began with an 'outcast' vampire hunter (named
'D', himself half human half vampire - hence seemingly ever young) hired by
a human family to rescue/retrieve their kidnapped daughter, who actually has
fallen in love with her kidnapper vampire count the fairytale adventure
continues, and to a grand visual showdown of forces in brilliant colorful
effects. Yes, there is heart, and we are rewarded with a heart-warming
ending, or never-ending for that matter.
If you like vampire tales and fantasies, this is a must-see. If you
appreciate well-crafted, illustrative animations, don't miss this
Yet to catch Richard Linklater's "Waking Life" - a modern approach to
animated film - substance includes deeper exploration than usual animation
flicks. Actually sounds quite philosophical - his "Before Sunrise" 1994,
with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy on a train ride and brief stops in Europe,
was a philosophical romantic exchange.
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