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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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Also Known As:
"Equinox Island" - Japan (English title) (literal title)
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122 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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11 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Best Joke ever!, 1 August 2010
Author: dschmeding from Germany

Wow, Higanjima if considered a horror movie is a total fail (except for he fun head smashing opening scene). If taken as a comedy this movie is pure genius... you get some of the funniest over-acting, staged shots of the coolest nerd-losers in movie history, some of the gayest smart-ass vampires, some of the most annoying screechy ghost grannies, the Korean version of Harry Potter as a sidekick funnier than even the cliché fat dumb funny guy.... and don't even start with the "cool" main characters. Akira is the handsome nice guy who tends to sit down for misplaced scenes of unfitting sadness and staring at the horizon, his brother is some kind of a nerd who watched too many Rambo movies and decided killing vampires is fun and makes you look cool and then there is a cool rocker dude (love the staged scenes with the baseball bat) who seems to have been snatched from a bad 70ies rock gang movie. He tends to appear more retarded than the obviously retarded Pong character.

Anyway... that gang of idiots for unexplainable stupid reasons heads of to retardation island Higanjima where they fight a bunch of vampires, exploding winged vampire sluts, cheap CGI dragon-meets-Giger-style-Alien monsters and zombie degenerates like the kick ass brain dead "Reaggae" zombie who is by far the funniest. The whole movie doesn't make an inch of sense and the random editing adds to the ridiculous funny bone of Higanjima, mixing shaky cam fight sequences that are barely watchable without throwing up with endless shots of Akira sitting on a wall and being sad for 20 minutes or having some romantic puppy-flashbacks before turning into a bloodthirsty fighting machine that splits flying leaves in slow motion.

The fight sequences are always accompanied by misplaced epic heavy rock music and tend to recycle the basic ideas of smashing heads, chopping off arms or driving swords through hollow vampire-zombie heads in a repetitive fashion. They really just had these 3 ideas, so even a massive monster dragon has to have his head smashed first and then stabbed just to make sure its really dead. Of course this movie is 2 hours long to elaborate on the exquisite plot and thrilling fight sequences. On higanjima heroes die slowly so they can scream the names of their loved ones for minutes even after having a samurai sword driven through their nerd-brains.

The director is either a total comedy genius or a lobotomy patient... anyway, put on your diapers when watching this.

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