Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001)
Long a favorite with Japanimation aficionados, Vampire Hunter D is based on the third of Hideyuki Kikuchi's novels about a futuristic human-vampire hybrid warrior. In the year 12,090, vampires are the rulers of the night, something to which Vampire Hunter D is helping to put an end. After the daughter of a rich man is kidnapped by vampire Meier Link, Vampire Hunter D is hired for ten million dollars to find the girl and bring her back to safety.
- R (for violence/gore)
- Action & Adventure , Animation , Anime & Manga , Art House & International , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Directed By:
- Yoshiaki Kawajiri , Jack Fletcher
- Written By:
- Yoshiyaki Kawajiri , Yoshiaki Kawajiri
- In Theaters:
- Sep 21, 2001 Limited
- On DVD:
- Feb 12, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
One of my favorite characters is given justice with two great movies that just make him one of the most appealing characters in Anime...
Surprisingly entertaining and very clever.
A stylish bit of modern anime despite a finale that muddles its momentum.
If you're interested in exploring anime for the first time, then Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a good place to start as any other.
An uneasy blending of sci-fi elements, gothic horror, spaghetti westerns and Beauty and the Beast romance.
Vampire Hunter D, you might say, is the best sci-fi vampire western to come along in ages. Not that many others come to mind.
Bloodlust is both an animation landmark and a beautifully realized film.
If you appreciate fine animation and edgy material, this blood's for you.
Brooding, violent, and steeped in its own lore, the film is a genre pastiche that's fun to watch.
Though the action can be static, this film is fun, even challenging.
For a vampire movie with such an exciting concept, Bloodlust is low on tension and chills.
It seems written by old hipsters with a bug-eye to the teen export market.
A sober action film as viscerally surprising as it is surprisingly affecting.
May not offer much to think about, but it does provide a feast for the eye, even if it's a meal that's mostly bright red.
A mind-blowing amalgamation of unusual elements and ambitious design, its parts are greater than the whole. But oh, what interesting parts they are.
The confusing storytelling and bad dialogue probably won't bother adult fans of sophisticated animation for whom the imaginative, elegant visuals of Vampire Hunter D should be enough to satisfy.
Audience Reviews for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Just as good as the original, but with more modern art. I do wish the English voice soundtrack was louder though, I nearly ran out of volume bars.More
An adventure/action/drama ride done right. You really don't need to know anything about the novels to get into the film. Yoshiaki Kawajiri deserves way more credit as being a mere "cheap thrill" director. The guy knows how to create cinematic moments.More
Easily one of the best anime movies ever made. Athough I'm not a big fan of vampire flicks, I loved the story, characters and animation. If you ever get the chance, see it!More
I've written a far more comprehensive review of this on animenfo.com under Ridian, but let it be known - this is one of the best pulp anime movies of all time. The animation is stellar, the plot is awesome and the fight scenes are to die for. Absolutely recommended to anime veterans, but especially to people new to the genre.More
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