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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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Failed attempt at arthouse-ifying the classic Chinese vampire horror-comedy genre See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ken Chang ... Hei

Michael Man-Kin Chow ... 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
 
Editorial Department
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
Runtime:
USA:90 min | Italy:112 min
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Failed attempt at arthouse-ifying the classic Chinese vampire horror-comedy genre, 20 June 2003
Author: Lawson from Singapore

At the onset, I didn't know whether this movie was in English or Chinese and whether it was a U.S. production or a Hong Kong one. After all, the DVD didn't come with a Chinese title and the opening credits were in English. In selecting language, I opted for Cantonese and the words seemed to match the mouths so I guess it is a Hong Kong production.

As the movie progressed, I realized what veteran Hong Kong director/writer/producer/actor Tsui Hark (who writes and produces here) was trying to do with Vampire Hunters. Most likely, he wanted to break into the western market by introducing one of the Hong Kong movie industry's most beloved genres - the campy vampire horror comedies, just as how Ang Lee brought the classic kung-fu movie to the West with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Ultimately, Hark fails in his attempt to arthouse-isfy his movie, and Hunters doesn't even come close to the opulence of Crouching Tiger. It runs like a drama, but throws in gratuitous scare scenes that aren't scary, and tries to instill humor that isn't humorous. The villains look to be the typical caricatures that are the villains of period horror-comedies but they carry themselves with a seriousness that doesn't match their looks. The special effects, while certainly more ample and advanced than the vampire movies of old, are largely overdone and blatantly unrealistic. Who knew Chinese vampires had vision similar to those nocturnal creatures in Pitch Black?

To clarify, Vampire Hunters isn't bad, it just doesn't rise much above the average Chinese vampire flick despite Hark's efforts. It does have some things going for it like excellent cinematography, competent kung-fu displays, and a cool, creepy plotline about the Waxmaster, who has taken to preserving his deceased relations in, well, wax.

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