A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-WWII Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon in disguise.
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In 1970, the four hundred year-old skilled samurai Saya is sent to the Kanto High School in an American military base in Tokyo by the Council, a secret society that has been hunting vampires for centuries. Saya has the appearance of a teenager but is the tormented half-breed creature with the soul of her human father and the powers and need of blood of her vampire mother. She is obsessed to face the powerful demon Onigen that killed her father. In the base, Saya saves Alice McKee, who is the daughter of General McKee and commander of the base, from the attack of several vampires. When General McKee is killed by a member of the Council, Alice runs to the hotel where Saya is lodged. They join forces and go to the countryside to chase Onigen. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
F-16 aircraft are shown at the airbase (along with more period-correct scooters, albeit in incorrect color schemes and location) but this was set 3 years before they were designed and first flew. The F-16 didn't enter US service until 1980. See more »
You think the more demons you kill the more human you become, don't you? How naïve.
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There's action, tragedy, great cinematography, good directing.
But, there is a great problem with the script, its almost like budget cuts came in half through the movie and its not that they sacrificed quality in the process.
It feels like they were half way through a 3 hour epic and they wrote in a quick step to the final scene, to make it 2 hours.
Sure if you want to play up to the existential art-house of cinema the ending would have played out, but the entire movie before it wasn't going in that direction.
It seems like some parts of the movie were directed by somebody else, especially the flashbacks. The flashbacks alone crap on the rest of the movie.
I guarantee this movie for entertainment. A bit of tragedy and entertainment. But there is definitely a hole in the movie that should make everyone who watches it think 'WTF', how did it even get to this point, where is the rest of the movie.
If it had the rest of the movie, its 9/10.
For what it is, its a quality action/vampire movie.
For what it's not, wait for DVD(as long as its on a big TV and HD) because some of the sword scenes are brutal.
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