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BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE Set for US Debut

By Chris Beveridge     May 01, 2009


BLOOD, THE LAST VAMPIRE
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has picked up domestic media rights for East Wing Holdings Corp. and SAJ’s Blood: The Last Vampire.  The announcement was made by Adrian Alperovich, SPWAG’s Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, along with Scott Shooman, SPWAG Vice President, Acquisitions and Productions, who brokered the deal with East Wing’s Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero).                                     

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the feature film Blood: The Last Vampire in theatres later this summer.

Directed by Chris Nahon (Empire of the Wolves, Kiss of the Dragon), Blood: The Last Vampire brings to life an English language live-action feature movie of the original Japanese anime feature film.  Gianna (My Sassy Girl, Daisy) stars in the film as Saya, a 400-year-old demon-hunting vampire slayer working undercover in Japan for a secret organization, on a mission in the Vietnam War era.  The cast also includes Koyuki (The Last Samurai, Always: Sunset on Third Street), Michael Byrne (Beyond the Sea, Gangs of New York), Colin Salmon (Resident Evil, Punisher: War Zone, Clubbed), and Allison Miller (“Kings”).  The film features stunt choreographed by Cory Yuen (Transporter 3, Red Cliff), is produced by Bill Kong and Abel Nahmias, with screenplay by Chris Chow.

“We are thrilled to extend our long-standing relationship with Producer Bill Kong and our partners at Samuel Goldwyn,” said Adrian Alperovich, SPWAG.  “This film will absolutely blow audiences away.”

“We had a great collaboration with Sony Pictures in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and we feel so excited to work with them again.  Blood: the Last Vampire is action-packed and powerful, and we can’t wait to show this movie to audiences over the world,” remarked Bill Kong.

Echoes Meyer Gottlieb, President, Samuel Goldwyn Films: “We feel extremely fortunate to once again collaborate with our friends at Sony.  Blood is incredibly entertaining with some of the most exciting action sequences I’ve ever seen on film.  Audiences are in for a real treat.”

For more, visit the official site at www.BloodTheLastVampire-Movie.com

View Mania reviews of the original animation video releases here and check out a review of the original novel translated into English here.

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wolfmanX 5/1/2009 11:58:46 AM

I for one is dying to see this movie. I saw the trailer and liked it. I also liked the cartoon very much but thought it was way too short. But I doubt I will go to the theater to see this. I will probably buy it for DVD and hopefully it comes out to blu-ray. :-)

Wiseguy 5/1/2009 5:12:19 PM

I'll definitely see this at the movies. I loved the cartoon film even if it was only about 40min. long. This looks like it deviates from the anime but stlill looks damn hot and I usually stay away from foreign fare but won't pass this up.

MutantNinjaLoungeSingr 5/3/2009 10:59:03 AM

Wow. Nice to see Wesley Snipes getting work again.  He isn't nearly as menacing as an asian school girl type though...

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