Jun Ji Hyun’s Hollywood debut

Posted: October 27, 2007 in Film
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Sassy girl Jun Ji Hyun becomes a vampire warrior in her first English film and Hollywood debut – Blood: The Last Vampire.



The film is based on the same-titled popular animation novel by famous Japanese writer Oshii Mamoru. It is also a live action adaptation of the Japanese anime film produced in 2000.  

In the anime, the story is set in the American Yokota Air Base located in post-WWII Japan, a few months before the beginning of the Vietnam War. Its main protagonist is a girl named Saya, who hunts vampiric demons using a katana; she works for a secret organization known as Red Shield. The title of the film implies that she is the last remaining vampire, and in the movie, Saya is referred to as “the only remaining original”. Her disdain for humans is evident early in the film. Saya has no weakness to sunlight, although whether she has any of the other vulnerabilities commonly associated with vampires is virtually unknown, she does become distressed when she encounters religious paraphernalia, including the uttering of Jesus early in the film, and the school nurse praying with her crucifix. Saya displays superhuman senses and strength, as well as cunning, resourcefulness, and skill.

Besides Jun, the cast also includes actress Allison Miller (Desperate Housewives) who teaches Jun’s character what it is like to be a human and Japanese actress Koyuki Koyuki who plays another vampire. Her character was not in the original anime and one highlight of the movie is a battle scene between Koyuki and Jun.

The film is directed by Chris Nahon (who also directed Kiss of the Dragon) and is scheduled to open in 2008.


  1. bob101910 says:

    I liked the movie and the series but an english live action movie. I hope it isnt as bad as the death note one

  2. Kayla says:

    This is relative to the television series Blood Plus, is it not? Was this film inspired by that animation or likewise, was the series inspired by the film? Curiosity does seem to peek its head through, indeed. Death note had a live movie? I’ve just recently heard of that series too. I’m obviously a bit far out of the loop. I’ll just need to find a way to hack right back in.

  3. Jasmine says:

    I’m hoping this will not tarnish the name of an amazing movie like Blood: The LAst Vampire and it’s Sequel seires Blood +. I know i will watch it, only because of my love of the other two. I hope it won’t be a disapointment.

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