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The Era of Vampires (2003)

R | | Horror, Action | 23 May 2003 (USA)
Martial arts/horror movie from critically-acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark. In 19th century China, an evil monk awakens a nest of vampires hell-bent on devouring human life. Now, a ... See full summary »

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Sasa
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Master Jiang (as Yu Rong Guang)
Horace Lee Wai Shing ...
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Master Mao Shan
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Lik-Chi Lee ...
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Young Maser Jiang
Zou Na ...
Ling
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Mei-Yee Sze ...
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Kin-Yan Lee ...
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Martial arts/horror movie from critically-acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark. In 19th century China, an evil monk awakens a nest of vampires hell-bent on devouring human life. Now, a quartet of heroes trained in the Taoist Mao Shan school of magic and their master must use their unique powers to destroy the Vampire King and its lethal coven before it is too late. Written by Anonymous

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Five heroes. A coven of vampires. A lot of bad blood.

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Horror | Action

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Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »
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Cacciatori di Vampiri  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Remake of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) See more »

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Muddled and dull
16 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Before the movie was over (and before checking out the entry for the movie on this site), I had a strong suspicion that the Columbia/Tri-Star DVD of this movie I was watching was cut down from a longer print. After all, the same studio had butchered "Who Am I" a few years earlier. And a check of the "Alternate versions" link confirmed this for me. This cut played like a book missing its first few chapters, making it difficult for a long time to piece who was who and what the situation was. I also suspect some character development was cut out, since there is really nothing differentiating the four heroes from each other. Columbia/Tri-Star... STOP CUTTING HONG KONG FILMS!

However, I must admit that even if the missing footage was put back in, the movie wouldn't be that much better. It's a pretty dull affair. The action scenes aren't very impressive in what they depict, and are sometimes edited in an incomprehensible way. The vampire villain looks unbelievably cheesy - in fact, despite the expensive use of CGI for a few effects, the movie looks like it was made on a tight budget. There's a sterility in the air, a stiffness that suggests the filmmakers weren't able to let loose and fill the movie with wonders and wackiness.


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