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Higanjima, Escape from Vampire Island and Bringing Western Folklore to the East: A Movie Review

5 November 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Tae-gyun Kim.

Writers: Kôji Matsumoto (manga), and Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay).

Cast: Dai Watanabe, Asami Mizukawa and Kôji Yamamoto.

Despite the misleading title and the film’s comic book origins, the only real problem with Higanjima, Escape from Vampire Island is that Japanese folklore does not have any real vampires to really call their own. There are vampire-like creatures, like the Kappa, said to lure its victims to a watery grave to feast upon their blood; but, it is a creature that's also revered than always feared. There is also an Ikiryoh, a spirit that can drain its victim of its energy. That said, the real life folklore do not deter from the enjoyment of this film. Vampires can freely move about the world and amalgamate into any culture where it is given a new name by the village it is raiding.

In this film, that is almost exactly what happened. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Ed Sum)

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