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“You put her undercover as a schoolgirl!” [Man in Black]
on 22 February 2016
This 2009 fantasy revenge horror is a remake of the 2000 anime film of the same name. Set in Tokyo, 1970 it focuses on a half-human, half-demon [vampiric] girl named Saya (Jun Ji-hyun) who hunts demons in partnership with humans and seeks to destroy Onigen, the most powerful of all who killed her father.
Wow! What a surprise this was. About half of the speech is in English, so the subtitles are less intrusive than you'd think. Full of dark, shadowed corners, lashings of spurting globular blood, limbs loped off, people sliced in half, this is typical Manga fare. Featuring women with swords, lots of demons, more demons and some fine special effects, it creates a credible alternate past from the start. The dark dry humour means this should not be taken entirely seriously as it pays homage to many well known movies and scenes from other endeavours.
The single disc offers play, scene select, extras [featurettes on the actors, photo gallery, trailer, manga trailer] and set up [English subtitles on/off, audio description].
There is no nudity or sex and only one instance of severe swearing [with a few minor words] but the gore and martial arts violence places this firmly as an 18. If you like Japanese Manga type movies with over the top violence like ‘Machine Girl’, ‘Tokyo Gore Police’ or ‘Hard Revenge Milly’, then you’ll love this so get the popcorn out and sit back, but if you want realistic action, then look elsewhere.