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Critic Reviews for Vampire
The storytelling that veers between amateurishness and the kind of oddball dreams you wake up scratching your head about.
Audience Reviews for Vampire
First off this is NOT a typical vampire movie, but a strangely hypnotic film regardless. It is a beautifully shot Canadian film, created by a Japanese director and American and Canadian cast. It is also based on some true events in Japan. It is more of an uncomfortable commentary on human blood-thirst and a controversial look at suicidal obsession and isolation from depression.
Shunji Iwai was clearly trying to do something different with his take on the vampire and serial killer genres, but the movie really doesn't work, coming off more like a pretentious bore than anything scary or sinister.
Missed it at HKIFF years back, have been looking for it for years, & finally. Shunji Iwai's own aesthetic interpretation in Western Cinema. Not as delicate as his work for local Japan market, yet much better than expected upfront already.
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