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Higanjima (2009)

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Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends.

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Tae-gyun Kim

Writers:

Kôji Matsumoto (manga), Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Terri Doty Terri Doty ... Ryoko
Asami Mizukawa Asami Mizukawa ... Rei
Miori Takimoto Miori Takimoto ... Yuki
Dai Watanabe Dai Watanabe ... Atsushi
Kôji Yamamoto Kôji Yamamoto ... Miyabi
Keitaro Azumi Keitaro Azumi ... Resistance
Hideo Ishiguro Hideo Ishiguro ... Akira
Tomohisa Yuge Tomohisa Yuge ... Ken-chan
Te-Gang Yi Te-Gang Yi
Yasushi Ami Yasushi Ami
Tongha Pak Tongha Pak ... Ohsawa
Keita Uehara Keita Uehara
Fumito Moriwaki Fumito Moriwaki ... Pong
Takahiro Tsutsumi Takahiro Tsutsumi
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Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends.

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Horror

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Japan]

Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 January 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Equinox Island See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Higanjima: Awesome stuff
5 June 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Higanjima otherwise known as Vampire Island was a recommendation and not something I'd ever heard of. It was an absolute beast to find an English subtitled copy of but I'm very happy I managed it.

It tells the story of a young man who learns that his missing brother is on a mysterious island that has been taken over by vampires. With friends in tow he sets off to find his brother and combat the undead force.

Japanese made with a little help from South Korean production Higanjima has plenty of the usual over the top Japanese tropes and is all the better for it. Very gory, action packed and perfectly paced it exceeded all expectations that I had.

On the flipside the lack of budget shows in places, when CGI is required it really looks quite bad. The movie is also oddly a bit camp, I'm not sure why that approach was used and our vampires look like extras from Big Trouble In Little China (1986).

Despite its flaws Higanjima is a lot of fun and though I'd argue against it entirely being classed as a horror its certainly something I'd have liked to see more of. It could have easily been turned into a television series and one that I really would have watched.

Silly violent fun.

The Good:

Some great moments

Looks the part

Very well constructed

The Bad:

Some ropey cgi

Some unanswered questions

The vampires could have looked a tad better

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Banishing vampires is as easy as locking them in a cupboard

Pong was right, they were terrible friends


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