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Blood (2009)

After exposing several highly respected officials in a political scandal, Detective Hoshino (Kanji Tsuda) is being put in charge of several unsolved cases just before their respective statutes of limitations expire.

His latest case leads him to an eerie mansion owned by the voluptuous heiress, Miyako Rozmberk (Aya Sugimoto). The Investigation revolves around the murder of one of her former maids, only 14-years-old. She claims she’s told the police everything, Miyako announces to Hoshino that she knew the man responsible for the killing, identifying him as Ukyo Kuronuma (Jun Kaname), a mysterious businessman with powerful connections.

Having tracked down the newly revealed suspect, Hoshino is shocked to catch Ukyo in the act of slashing the throat of a naked young girl chained up in his headquarters. Discovering that the Ukyo is in actual fact, a vampire who was ‘turned’ 160 years ago by Miyako herself…As everyone knows right know, the vampire genre is red hot. From America we have the Twilight Movies and television shows such as True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. South Korea gave us Thirst last year and why not let Japan get in on the picture too!

Blood is a dark thriller with some pretty cool action scenes accompanied by some soft-core “love” scenes. I was surprised to discover the movie had some budget behind it, it isn’t just a run of the mill straight to DVD V-Cinema. Directed by Ten Shimoyama (Shinobi) and starring Aya Sugimoto (Flower And Snake), Kanji Tsuda (The Grudge) and Jun Kaname (Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers). The movie is decent, I personally wouldn’t spend money on it. I encourage all those Japanese Cinema fans who have any interest in this; Rent it!

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