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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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Awesome if you like the Hong Kong 'hopping vampire' genre. See more (26 total) »

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

Richard Cansino ... Dragon Tang (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Wellson Chin 
 
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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)
 
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Michael Shelton .... special makeup effects artist: creature effects
 
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Kwok Fai Ng .... sound recordist
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
 
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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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Rated R for violence and gore
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USA:90 min | Italy:112 min
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Awesome if you like the Hong Kong 'hopping vampire' genre., 23 June 2003
Author: Alpha Denshi from Los Angeles

OK, let me start off by saying that if I hadn't read the other user comments for this film, I wouldn't have taken the time to write this, as I'm busy and if I commented on every film I liked, I'd never get any work done. I read the comments here, in The LA Weekly and on other internet sites- and they were, to sum up, some of the stupidest, snobbiest HK film reviews I've EVER read. Do not, repeat: DO NOT believe the hype.

Now, unlike alot of other Hong Kong film fans, I don't care for contemporary action films with cops, drug busts, car chases, etc. I DO like old school 70's Kung Fu; ala Chang Cheh and Liu Chia Liang. I also really like the Hopping zombie/ghost/vampire sub-genre of HK 'horror'. Now, in case you aren't familiar with these- they feature 'vampires' and 'zombies' that return from the grave (Usually due to some sort of improper burial) and hop about (Or in the case in Vampire Hunters- fly about). They are usually opposed by priests- Taoist priests- who use Taoist magic to defeat them. The seminal film in this genre is the mid-eighties comedy/horror masterpiece 'Mr. Vampire'.

Now, Tsui Hark's 'Vampire Hunters' plays alot like a much more serious version of Mr. Vampire- basically, the comedic elements usually found in these films are almost non existant in 'Vampire Hunters'. This alone makes it one of the only HK vampire films to play like 'action horror' instead of 'horror comedy'.

Now, this distinction alone makes Vampire Hunters worth a look.

So ask yourself: Do you want just a good, action packed film? The kind of film you're going to want to hold up to The best 1980s and 90s John Wu stuff? Maybe Ang Lee's 'Crouching Tiger'? Or even non-HK action like James Cameron's Terminator 2? Well if you just want great action, there's like, A THOUSAND good action films out there, ok? If you want something more, something you just DON'T SEE anywhere else- something like, Oh, I dunno... maybe... CHINESE VAMPIRES versus TAOIST WARRIOR PRIESTS???

Well, check out Tsui Hark's 'Vampire Hunters'. It's merely a decent 'action' film and not the best edited, paced, well written or anything else kind of film out there.

But, the sum of it's parts simply does not equate the fun action/horror fantasy of the whole. So- if you're a 'norm' who thought Erin Brokavich or maybe the Ocean's 11 remake was good, well stay FAR AWAY from Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters, it's not for you, you won't get it, understand it's appeal or be able to appreciate it.

If you're the kind of person who likes the idea of a Mr. Vampire/Chinese Ghost Story double bill, well, strap yourself in- cause Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters will satisfy your desire to escape from reality for an hour and a half or so.

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