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Kôji Matsumoto (manga)
Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 January 2010 (Japan) See more »
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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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Also Known As:
"Equinox Island" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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122 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fun if you don't mind all of the melodrama, 26 October 2010
Author: Madluke91 from United Kingdom

Doesn't it just annoy you when an at first promising film slowly slips in the wrong direction? This one starts out with a swordsman dressed up heavily in some waterproof clothes taking on an onslaught of vampires whom are wearing old fashioned Japanese attire. We then skip to Japan where we meet a group of friends. It's witty, well shot, the acting is great and there are a lot of unanswered questions; it breaks out like a good action horror movie. It also wouldn't be a stretch to say it carried shades of another well known J-horror, Battle Royale. It has that same camaraderie and wit, with subtle moments of horror, but at the same time being very down to earth. It slowly begins to slip though. The brother of the swordsman is amongst this group that we met, and they all go to find and help him. After much melodrama and annoyingly overacted teen angst, after meeting some strange women whom tells them of a situation involving vampires on her home island, it all begins to get a bit grating as we are hammered with ridiculously over the top nonsense.

It was still promising though. It was still fun. Then we get to the island. Every bit of wit and good dark horror seemed to have been swapped in favour of pure overkill in the melodrama and overkill in trying to build the characters in particular of the main vampire. It's what I call too much talk not enough action; anyone who has seen some of the modern shounen anime such as Bleach will understand. Big bad guy is insurmountable. Big bad guy has 300 attempts to wipe out our protagonists. Big bad guy spends those 300 spots fitting in his little quips, going on about something to do with why he's so special, and how he's unbeatable. Put that together with the fact that the main vampire is the most androgynous and strangely attired bad guy I've ever seen, and put together all of these overkilled overly melodramatic moments, and its momentum slowly dripped away. Still good mindless fun, but it could, and should have been more.

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