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Director:
Writer:
Shunji Iwai (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're dying to keep him alive
Plot:
A biology teacher looks for young suicidal women online to satisfy his taste for blood. Rather than violent, his acts are quite peaceful and always consented. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kevin Zegers ... Simon

Keisha Castle-Hughes ... Jellyfish

Amanda Plummer ... Helga

Trevor Morgan ... Renfield

Adelaide Clemens ... Ladybird

Yû Aoi ... Mina

Kristin Kreuk ... Maria Lucas

Rachael Leigh Cook ... Laura King
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jodi Balfour ... Michaela

Ian Brown ... Jack Hales
R. Nelson Brown ... Nick Williams

Kyle Cameron ... Abbot King

Samuel Patrick Chu ... Brian
Dustin Eriksen ... Gargoyle
Herod Gilani ... Eclipse

Teach Grant ... Morgan Hoffman

Katharine Isabelle ... Lapis Lazuli
Chad Krowchuk ... Polidori
Paul Piaskowski ... Gallows
Mandy Playdon ... Stella Snyder

Ryan Robbins ... Kevin Grant
Klodyne Rodney ... Cashier
Gerry Rousseau ... Scott Adams

Gale Van Cott ... Nurse Ray

Directed by
Shunji Iwai 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shunji Iwai  written by

Produced by
Deboragh Gabler .... line producer
Shunji Iwai .... producer
Tim Kwok .... producer (as Siew-Loong Tim Kwok)
 
Original Music by
Shunji Iwai 
 
Cinematography by
Shunji Iwai 
 
Casting by
Brad Gilmore 
 
Production Design by
Alexandra Rojek 
 
Set Decoration by
Oscar Trainor 
 
Costume Design by
Tanya Lipke 
 
Makeup Department
Cindy Barlow .... key makeup artist
Paula Demille .... key hair stylist
Nikita Pennock .... swing hair/makeup
 
Production Management
Jocelyn Bishop .... second assistant production manager
Eileen Hoeter .... production manager
Naoko Iwai .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthias Mellinghaus .... first assistant director
Dave T. Nall .... third assistant director
Quincy Wheeler-Hendren .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Kathryn He .... assistant property master
Matthew Law .... on-set dresser
Ron McCall .... property master
Adrian Patterson .... lead dresser
 
Sound Department
Benjamin MacDonald .... sound mixer (as Ben McDonald)
Brian Magrum .... adr mixer
Koji Yamamoto .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Brant McIlroy .... special effects coordinator
Katrina McIlroy .... special effects technician
Martin Testa .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Yuka Hosomi .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Jeffery Aro .... stunt coordinator (as Jeffery Ong)
Chad Sayn .... assistant stunt coordinator
Chad Sayn .... stunt rigger
Maja Stace-Smith .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ahmad Badawi .... lighting technician
Brett Hill .... electrician
Cliff Hokanson .... steadicam operator (as Cliff Hokansen)
Rina Hoshino .... camera crew translator
Masami Ishitsuka .... camera operator
Masashi Ishizuka .... first assistant camera
Hajime Kato .... digital imaging technician
Prem Marimuthu .... gaffer
Tyler Jinx Moore .... key grip
Kôji Onomichi .... camera operator
Nicholas J. Palfy .... grip intern
Ronald Richard .... lighting technician
Jan Wolff .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Brandy Davis .... casting assistant
Kyle Dean .... casting assistant
Tiffany Mak .... casting associate
Annette McCaffrey .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brittany Elchuk .... assistant costume designer
Brittany Elchuk .... set costumer
Cassandra Marbach .... truck costumer
 
Editorial Department
Emiko Kagawa .... post production intern
Nodoka Kato .... post-production consultant
J. Kitazaki .... project manager: EFilm
Nobuo Mita .... post production intern
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
 
Transportation Department
Tony Boulter .... production driver
Ben Liljedahl .... transportation captain
Kent MacDonald .... transportation co-coordinator
Rick MacKay .... transportation coordinator
Ross Martin .... production driver
Brian Mcrae .... driver: cast
Peter Road .... production driver
Rainer Scheelisch .... driver
Lorraine Stomperud .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Wendy L. Adjoury .... first assistant coordinator
Frank Ciofitto .... key p/a
Deb Cole .... product placement coordinator
Dale Cornick .... production accountant
Todd Daulby .... stand-in
Rick Fearon .... location scout
Olivia Gauer .... key p/a
Weyen George .... key p/a
Tarô Gotô .... english supervisor
Stacey Harris .... production coordinator
Eileen Hoeter .... finch wrangler
Kirk Jarrett .... horse wrangler
Krista Johnston .... clearances
Fiona Kayitesi .... payroll accountant
Maya Lim .... script supervisor
Rhona Medina .... assistant to director
Aki Mizuno .... assistant to director
Kaity Muir .... production intern
Matt Porter .... assistant to producer
Tany Rangen .... assistant to producer
Sandy Reynolds .... craft service
Steve Sangster .... assistant location manager
Katy Townsend .... researcher
Linda Yip .... location manager
 

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Rated R for some disturbing violent content and, language
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120 min
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Simon:What's going on? Mina. Do you really want to die? Let me ask you something, Mina. Do you know yourself? You, who decides to kill yourself, but do you really know who you are? Do you know that self? I mean, there are 60 trillion cells inside of you. Do you know that? I mean, how often do you think about that? Mina.
Mina:I don't.
Simon:Yes, you do. You think about them all the time. You just don't think about it in the right way, I mean... If your body is an apartment complex, those 60 trillion cells are your... your tenants. They need ventilation, right? So you breathe. They need nourishment, so you eat. When they seek renewal, they nudge you with a little bit of a...
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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An Original Take On The Vampire Genre, 7 October 2013
Author: meddlecore from Canada

This slow, bizarre film tells the story of a semi-benevolent Vampire who trolls suicide pact websites looking for vulnerable souls who he can convince to consensually bleed themselves to death- so that he can feed on their blood. He's not one of those typical mythological vampire types- the ones we are all familiar with. Rather, a daywalking human Vampire that seems to possess an inescapable and insatiable desire to drink human blood.

By day, he's a highschool biology teacher that watches over his Alzheimers ridden mother. By night, he associates with an online community of suicidal wannabes, and the other twisted f*cks that are attracted to such people- like moths to a light.

He normally operates by forming a relationship with one of the "Side by Cide" members, who he then meets in an isolated location- with their computer (to prevent the police from obtaining evidence of their correspondence)- before using his cunning to convince them to bleed themselves dry- while assuring them that he'll take himself out when it's all over. Though, actually collecting and consuming their blood, instead.

Things take a turn, when he goes to meet a potential suicidee...only to find out that she had arranged a group suicide with a bunch of other members from the site. All but he and one other girl are killed when one of the suicidees releases a cloud of carbon monoxide inside their van.

The two survivors make their way back to civilization. But on the way...the girl figures out that he is the infamous "Vampire", who has been seducing, killing and consuming the blood of the site's disappearing members. He's kind of famous in their realm.

When confronted with his real identity, he admits everything to her. Only to discover that she is willing to offer her blood- her life- to him.

While working on the girl he met at the group suicide, his psycho stalker wannabe-girlfriend breaks into his apartment and onto his computer- looking for some sort of evidence that he's found someone else. While rummaging through his apartment, she jimmies open a locked closet, where she (apparently) discovers his hidden secret.

He doesn't even kill the girl from the group either, having fallen seemingly in love with her- rendering him unable to go through with it. The two form a new pact with each other: he is to cease killing if she let's him drink from her neck- being his "only one".

In an ironic twist of fate, though, one of his student's with suicidal tendencies- whom he had previously talked out of killing herself- slits her wrists and winds up in the hospital, needing blood. When he is contacted as next of kin, the nurse asks him if he is willing to donate his own blood in order to save her life.

You'd think that this altruistic act would have garnered him some good karma, but when he returns to his flat, the police are waiting for him... I do, however, suppose that you might wonder whether it was this act of benevolence that actually sealed his fate.

With this film Iwai has created a monster that is not merely a heartless and manipulative, psychopathic killer, rather a burdened and tormented soul who is forced to cope with the fate he's been dealt. It's not your typical horror scenario, by any means. It's less a film that exploits the romantic gore on which most cliché vampire films are based. Instead opting for more of an emotionally disturbing approach. The ending is kind of a cop-out, but the film is oddly intriguing enough to hold your attention throughout it's almost two-hour runtime. It's certainly not the best vampire flick I've ever seen, but it's most definitely a different and original take on the genre. And for that reason it's worth a watch.

6 out 10.

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