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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 »


Wellson Chin


Hark Tsui

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Chang ... Hei
Michael Man-Kin Chow ... Fat
Suet Lam ... Kung
Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Choi
Anya ... Sasa
Rongguang Yu ... Master Jiang (as Yu Rong Guang)
Horace Lee Wai Shing Horace Lee Wai Shing ... Dragon Tang
Chunhua Ji ... Master Mao Shan (as Chun Hua Ji)
Kuan Tai Chen ... Zombie Wrangler (as Chan Koon Tai)
Lik-Chi Lee ... Butler
Wang Zhen Lin Wang Zhen Lin ... Young Maser Jiang
Na Zou Na Zou ... Ling
Yat-Fei Wong ... Undertaker
Mei-Yee Sze ... Clothing salesman
Kin-Yan Lee ... Geomancer


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Horror | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »



Hong Kong | Japan | Netherlands



Release Date:

23 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cacciatori di Vampiri See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The Singapore DVD release runs for 108mins NTSC - 19mins longer than the Columbia Tristar version. See more »


Remake of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) See more »

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User Reviews

the undead and the deadly
6 November 2002 | by imayneSee all my reviews

There are only two kinds of people in this wild and wacky extravaganza of a horror film, a kind of BLADE meets CTHD meets HOUSE OF WAX meets NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. There's the undead who terrorize the living, and the deadly exponents of martial arts who counter them.

It is the mid-19th century in China, and there are four of them known only as Wind, Thunder, Rain and Lightning. Following their master they are sent to combat a monstrous zombie king, the resurrected dead body of a powerful general. When their master possibly turns up dead they track the zombie king to a nearby manor, and what follows is a plot involving gold, thieves, dead brides and the Chinese answer to Vincent Price. If Vincent Price could do kung fu, that is.

Wellson Chin may have directed the film, but as with any Tsui Hark movie, if he's on it, then it means he's the de facto director. Maybe he's overworked himself too much, and it shows in his recent crop of films which are high on special effects that have yet to meet international standards. This is likewise, though his usual flourishes of the imagination show through, as in a scene where a necromancer scales a wall using only two small dirks, the overall tone of the film seems to be a showcase of excess, right down to the "predator"-style shots taken from the vampire POVs. A toss-up of hits and misses is what this film is, and it's all the more encumbered by Tsui's (ironically) trademark fast pacing that causes him to subvert the all-important "visual-aural-verbal" rule of screenwriting. His visuals swamp everything so much that his plot points have to be relayed to the audience verbally. This wild man of Asian cinema should probably take a break, brush up on his storytelling skills, and then return with that ball-breakingly cool flick to cap his career that we have all waited for.

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