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The Era of Vampires (2003)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Chang ... Hei
Michael Man-Kin Chow ... Fat
Suet Lam ... Kung
Kwok-Kwan Chan ... Choi
Anya 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 Lik-Chi Lee ... Butler
Wang Zhen Lin Wang Zhen Lin ... Young Maser Jiang
Zou Na Zou Na ... Ling
Yat-Fei Wong ... Undertaker
Mei-Yee Sze Mei-Yee Sze ... Clothing salesman
Kin-Yan Lee 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Remake of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) See more »

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Crazy hopping vampires strike back
24 April 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Version: English dub

If like me, you possess an awesome-sense (like Spider-Man's Spider-sense, only it detects awesomeness instead of danger), you should ignore all the negative for 'Vampire Hunters' and listen to me instead. It isn't an awesome movie, but how can a movie with zombies, vampires, and kung-fu not be somewhat entertaining?

In 17th century China, zombies and vampires roamed the lands, feeding on the unsuspecting. A group of martial artists / vampire hunters find themselves employed by a very rich - and very insane - old man who has kept everyone of his relatives preserved in wax and not buried. Apparently it is his family's tradition. So, having generations of potential zombies in your cellar may not be the smartest idea ever, but it takes two to tango. In this case, a thief wants the old-man's treasure and hires a zombie-wrangler to re-animate the waxed up relatives in order to sneak into the mansion and steal the treasure. It's up to the kung-fu fighting vampire hunters to save the day (or night).

'Vampire Hunters' ends up being a more serious version of 'Mr. Vampire'. I don't think I've seen any other HK vampire movie that actually tried to be serious instead of an action / comedy. Unfortunately, the concept of 'serious' is my arch-nemesis.

I'd forgive the seriousness if the action was good. I would have expected a better action movie from Tsui Hark, but what am I gonna do? Complain some more? Sure! The action is okay, but poorly edited. Thankfully there is enough to keep someone like me entertained. The special effects aren't all that good, but I've never been one to care about bad special effects.

'Vampire Hunters' is a decent action movie, but really only for anyone interesting in Hong Kong vampire / action movies - 5/10

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