Based on a one-shot manga by Fujihiko Hosono. See more »
Very funny. It's not me eating the food, it's that damn thing inside me.
An unusual consumption of protein and iron. Classic symptoms of a person who's been infected.
Don't look at me like that. I'm not a guinea pig.
Can't help it. You are now a vital scientific specimen. That virus has found a home inside of you.
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In the US DVD, the credits scroll over a freeze frame of the demon jumping into the city. See more »
In Japanese Anime' director Yuzo Sato's "Biohunter," the greatest enemy is that of within: a strange virus is infecting the human genetic code and turning people into bizarre monsters who have demonic powers. One of these mutant creatures is prowling the streets of Tokyo, killing young women and devouring their livers. Two scientists, dubbed "biohunters," are out there trying to get a handle on the "Demon Virus," as it is called, before it conquers the whole world.
One of these scientists, Komada, is infected with the virus, but something in his immune system prevents it from fully taking control of him. He can transform into a beastly creature at will, but it's easy to see that he's loosing the battle for his soul, and it's up to him and his partner Koshigaya to try to find a cure. Along the way, they meet a beautiful young woman who is being chased by some political/mafioso types because her uncle is a famed psychic with a unique knowledge of the murders plaguing Tokyo.
Based on the comic book by Fujihiko Hosono and written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, Wicked City), "Biohunter" contains the usual elements of Kawajiri's past work including Asian spirituality and stylish writing. There is plenty of sex (the film opens with a graphic sex scene where a woman suddenly contracts the Demon Virus and attacks her lover) and nudity, and the violence is well up there, even though strangely enough "Biohunter" is restrained in this particular aspect.
The main problem with "Biohunter" is that it's just too short, coming in at barely 58 minutes in running time. So much happens during this picture that a lot is left unexplained to the viewer, which may be an even greater turn-off to those not accustomed to Japanese animation. It sort of gets to a point where things are happening, you don't know why, and you're just going along with the movie. I was seriously disappointed with this film's length, even though there is a lot working in its favor (mainly the big names behind the production), and the animation is fantastic.
But "Biohunter" is squarely reserved for die hard Anime' addicts. And as the ending shows, more is on the way, though I have not heard a peep about a "Biohunter 2" or "Biohunter: The Series."
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