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Director:
Writer:
Shunji Iwai (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »
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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 »
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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
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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 Ong .... stunt coordinator
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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58 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
If you know Iwai, you know what to expect, 25 February 2011
Author: Radu_A

This is not a vampire flick. It shouldn't really be necessary to point this out, after all the summary makes it very clear. But it would seem that the reason for this film's overall cold reception is precisely that it doesn't feature supernatural, love-lorn beings to satisfy inhibited sexual desires of self-destruction. Rather, it presents an altogether uncomfortable view on real-life blood-thirst and a controversial look at suicidal obsession.

If you're familiar with Iwai's work, then neither the subject matter nor the style come as much of a surprise. Iwai's staple theme is alienated youth and the thin line between friendship and destruction. In 'All about Lily Chou-Chou', he explored bullying and underage prostitution against a backdrop of how virtual and real-life personalities differ, 'Swallowtail Butterfly' dealt with the ups and downs of a group of misfits bonding and betraying each other, and 'Hana & Alice' showed a close high-school-girl friendship with elements of rivalry over a particular boy.

'Vampire' follows a story which actually happened in Japan: a man convinces young women in suicide chat-rooms to die together with him, eventually tricking them so that he may consume their blood. The focus isn't so much on why he wants to do this (apart from ambivalent references to the quest for immortality), but rather why these women want to die - and this is where I see a continuity with Iwai's other work. It's not so much about the story itself, which takes somewhat unfathomable turns and ends up in a confusing mêlée, but rather the visuals, which create a mystified, surreal and at times even humorous perspective on death. The proverbial 'vampire' is actually seen as a perversion of this theme, which becomes obvious in a rather gory parody of the 'serial killer' image, complete with fangs and cape.

If you wonder what a Japanese film with American actors may look like, then this one may be very well for you. To me, it's been worthwhile just for seeing that the styles of Japanese cinema - character vagueness, visual rendition, and most of all quietness - can be translated into English rather well. However, if you really expect a vampire flick, better wait until the next 'Twilight' segment.

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