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Tsui Hark's
Vampire Hunters

2002

 

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Two points to establish up front:

  1. Tsui Hark did not direct this movie; he produced it, and had a hand in the script (script?)
  2. This is not a Vampire Movie.It's about zombies.

There is a strangulated explanation along the lines of "After death a negative energy would build up, leading the physical and chemical changes. Over time the corpse would mutate, and the zombie would escape andhunt live humans. This habit would would turn them into vampires." - but these are not vampires as seen in the west.

Like many Hong Kong movies, this one has atmosphere you could cut with a knife, martial arts to die for, and lots of understated humor. The special effects are impressive.

If these items were wrapped around a decent script, we'd have a great movie. But, as is so often the case, the script was forgotten at the foot of page two, so we get a jolly romp of blood, effects and funnies.

So far as I can make out, the lead 'vampire hunter' died in scene 3, and for most of the movie, the rest prefer to run away, or die horribly rather than hunt. The hunters are further weakened by using a compass to find vampires (excellent when they're on a camping holiday at the North Pole), and hampered by seemingly having absolutely no idea what you have to do to destroy your opponent.

Tsui Hark has immeasurably damaged his reputation by giving his name to this movie, and the distributors will not be forgotten for the fiction that this is a vampire movie. But if you like this genre, then this may be for you!


  • Director: Wellson Chin
  • Rated: Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Theatrical trailer(s)
  • Widescreen anamorphic format
  • dubbed in English
  • Encoding: Disc are Region Specific (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003

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