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Higanjima -- The legend of blood sucking vampires has captured peoples’ imagination for generations. And now a crack team of archaeologists and forensic scientists have uncovered hard evidence for the existence of the legend.


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Kôji Matsumoto (manga)
Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 January 2010 (Japan) See more »
Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Tae-gyun Kim 
Writing credits
Kôji Matsumoto (manga)

Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)

Produced by
Yoshinori Fujita .... producer
Lee Junho .... executive producer
Yûko Kameda .... producer
Don Kwon .... producer
Sumiji Miyake .... executive producer
Sean Shin .... producer
Original Music by
Hiroyuki Sawano 
Cinematography by
Shinji Kugimiya (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hiroaki Morishita 
Production Design by
Katsumi Nakazawa 
Costume Design by
Mari Miyamoto 
Makeup Department
Tomo Hyakutake .... special makeup effects artist
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
Sound Department
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Tomo Hyakutake .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Byeongjun An .... fx artist
Other crew
Rosemary Dean .... english subtitles
Tetsuro Shimauchi .... english subtitles

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Equinox Island" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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122 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining and full of action..., 27 July 2012
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

I found "Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island" to be a rather entertaining movie. And as for an Asian vampire movie, it was a nice change to see it not being those hopping vampires. I assume that being credited to this being a Japanese vampire movie, and not a Chinese.

The story in "Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island" is about a group of young people being brought out to a mysterious island that isn't on any maps, where they are looking for Atsushi, Akira's brother who has been missing for two years. Something is very wrong on the island, however, and the young people soon find themselves surrounded by vampires. The entire island is controlled by Miyabi, the master vampire. Will the group be able to slay Miyabi and make it off the island alive?

Actually the storyline is a bit 'mainstream' and borrowing from various movies, so it doesn't really offer all that much new and innovating material. But still, it worked out well enough, because the storyline is well accompanied by lots of action, thrills and good acting.

Not being familiar with the Manga upon which this movie is based, I have no idea how true (or not) the movie is to the Manga. So I watched the movie without any prior information about it and without having been influenced by the Manga. I found "Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island" to be fun and overall exciting. The fight scenes were well choreographed and the characters were nice and well cut out.

So if you like Japanese cinema and enjoy vampire movies (where vampires don't have sparkly skin, big hair, and are romanticized) then you should give "Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island" a chance.

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