by Chris MaGee
If you're a regular reader of the Pow-Wow blog you'll have probably gleaned that I'm not the biggest action movie fan, in fact in most cases I differ to my colleague Matt Hardstaff when it comes to anything involving high kicks, head butts or heavy duty martial arts. That being said if an action film looks like a lot of fun then I do get the itch to watch it, and in the case of Chris Nahon's upcoming live-action adaptation of Production I.G.'s "Blood: The Last Vampire" I've really got the itch. Not that there's anything here that you haven't already seen in any of the "Matrix" films or any other film that's coming along since and copied its mix of Hong Kong action and cutting edge CGI effects, but I felt that Hiroyuki Kitakubo's 48 minute animated film about a vampire girl named Saya who hunts her more beastly brethren for the U.S. Military was such a fantastically realized tease that I (and a whole bunch of other people) have been dying for a return to that world ever since.
The teaser trailer for the live-action "Blood" that popped up online last month promised the same attention to detail as the animated original, and now the full Japanese language trailer (that you can see at Twitch here) as well as the full gallery of hi-res stills that have been posted at the film's French official site (via 24 Frames Per Second) both follow through by convincingly selling the totally far-fetched concept of a katana-wielding high school girl fighting vampires during the American Occupation.
Japanese audiences will get a chance to see "Blood: The Last Vampire" on May 29th while the rest of us will have to wait for Samuel Goldwyn Films, who have picked up the North American rights, to decide when they'll unleash the action on us moviegoers here.