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Hark Tsui (writer)
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Five heroes. A coven of vampires. A lot of bad blood.
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Martial arts/horror movie from critically-acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark. In 19th century China... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Ken Chang ... Hei

Michael Chow Man-Kin ... Fat
Suet Lam ... Kung

Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Choi
Anya ... Sasa

Rongguang Yu ... Master Jiang (as Yu Rong Guang)
Horace Lee Wai Shing ... Dragon Tang
Chun Hua Ji ... Master Mao Shan
Kuan Tai Chen ... Zombie Wrangler (as Chan Koon Tai)
Lik-Chi Lee ... Butler
Wang Zhen Lin ... Young Maser Jiang
Zou Na ... Ling
Yat-fei Wong ... Undertaker
Mei-Yee Sze ... Clothing salesman
Kin-Yan Lee ... Geomancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Blum ... Hei (voice: English version) (as Steven Blum)

Richard Cansino ... Dragon Tang (voice: English version)

Directed by
Wellson Chin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hark Tsui  writer

Produced by
Wouter Barendrecht .... executive producer
Satoru Iseki .... executive producer
Nansun Shi .... executive producer
Hark Tsui .... producer
Michael J. Werner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
J.M. Logan 
 
Cinematography by
Kwong-hung Chan  (as Joe Chan Kwong Hung)
Sunny Tsang Tat Sze 
Herman Yau  (as Herman Yau Lai To)
 
Film Editing by
Marco Mak  (as Marco Mak Chi Sin)
 
Makeup Department
Michael Shelton .... special makeup effects artist: creature effects
 
Sound Department
Kwok Fai Ng .... sound recordist
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Fagerquist .... digital effects artist
Koan Hui .... visual effects supervisor
 
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Jeff Pavlik .... assistant editor (re-cut)
 

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Also Known As:
"Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters" - Hong Kong (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and gore
Runtime:
USA:90 min | Italy:112 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Better Than People Give It Credit, 22 November 2006
Author: TheNaughtyLibrarian from United States

In a number of forums I've seen this film mercilessly trashed, and I'm not quite sure why. Perhaps it's having Tsui Hark's name attached to it, thus giving people the wrong idea about the film as they go into it. While I don't think it's the best film ever made by any stretch of the imagination, Vampire Hunters does serve it's purpose. I was entertained thoroughly, startled a few times, laughed a few times, and spent a great deal of my viewing time in suspense. The one thing you can say about this film is that it's definitely not slow moving!

While it does suffer from the lack of in depth characterization that seems to be the downfall of many martial arts films, in general I found the acting to be up to par -provided you watch the film subtitled as opposed to dubbed. The wooden voice acting of the English translators is highly reminiscent of the hilarious goofy bad dubbing of 70s martial arts flicks, and really detracts from the genuine scariness of the vampire scenes.

And those vampires! Yikes! Spitting acidic gas, sucking your blood through the air, covered in maggots.... Truly makes ol' Bela seem like a puddytat! It's interesting to see the differences between Eastern and Western vampire mythos.

The movie itself is beautifully and imaginatively lensed, the director of photography should be proud. The camera-work zooms and jumps during the right moments and steps back and slows down to take in grandeur. The fight scenes are excitingly filmed, and the effects are no worse than any other film I've seen lately. Not the best, but everything moves quickly enough that you don't really notice.

All in all, I got what I wanted; escapist, exciting, engaging fun that made me forget about the rest of the world for an hour and a half. And after all, isn't that what a movie is supposed to be? They can't all be caviar, sometimes I really just want popcorn.

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