For Blood: the Last Vampire, it’s all about hits and misses. The concept of a 1950’s martial arts, half vampire that hunts demons for the government; cool. CG monsters; bad. Fight scenes; cool. Narrative storyline; iffy. Cinematography; cool. Characters; lame and the performances are worse.
Production value is certainly there on screen and the movie is feast for the eyes but it’s also so utterly ambitious that it wears it’s budget thin. This is what leads to questionable CG monsters and phoney, fakey blood. Don’t let that deter you though, you’d miss out on some great fight scenes with demons and ninjas! None of the effects are so bad that you’d want to turn the movie off. No, that is left for the actors whose performances can sometimes be attributed to a language barrier and other times a talent barrier. Of course some could view this as an intended style choice that is meant to mimic dubbed performances of English audio tracks on anime.
With an American actress side by side next to a Korean actress (playing Japanese) and being directed by Chris Nahon; a French commercial director best known for his 2001 Jet Li movie Kiss of the Dragon, Blood boasts a truly international crew. This does give the feel and the production a unique sensability that comes across on screen.
This won’t please everyone, but people just looking to enjoy some fight scenes with a sword and maybe some ninjas and monsters should walk away happy.
The DVD comes with a “making of” and a “battling demons: behind the stunts” featurette.