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The Asian ApertureBlood (2009)
POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, April 7, 2013    Share

A samurai is surrounded by rivals as his sword slashes through the air cutting each one down until the last one falls. Bleeding, he meets a mysterious woman who gives him a deadly bite.

Cut to modern times as a young maid is brutally murdered. Blood covers her face. Detective Hoshino has been assigned to unsolved cases that are getting ready to expire. His job is to close the cases before the deadline date when such cases will remain unsolved and abandoned.

Hoshino is bound and determined to solve the case of the murdered maid. He realizes the impact this is having on the community when he spots the mother of the murdered girl handing out flyers asking for information on the murders in front of a local train station. Seeing this causes Hoshino to track down her killer.

His boss gives him a lead by telling him to visit Miyako Rozmbek. He goes to her house and is greeted by her deaf maid, Brigitte. Soon the lovely and elegant Miyako slowly walks down the staircase, a scene from numerous vampire movies from Bela Lugosi’s Dracula to Hammer. After speaking with Miyako he learns of Ukyo Kuronuma. This takes him to his next big lead.

Somehow Hoshino manages to find Ukyo’s residence and spies on him. A young girl is stripped of all her clothes and shackled and chained. She hangs in the air. The samurai from the beginning of Blood is now dressed in a white suit. He approaches the girl, slashes her neck, and drinks her blood. Hoshino tries to help her but is easily captured by Ukyo’s men.

Hoshino is driven to a remote location near the water as Ukyo’s men plan to kill him. Suddenly a female clad in black leather takes on the bad guys using her martial arts skills. This is probably the best fight scene in the movie. Ukyo’s rescuer turns out to be Miyako’s cute maid, Brigitte, who looks sexier in leather than her drab maid uniform.

The beaten down and bloody Hoshino is taken back to Miyako’s house. Lying on her bed, her fangs grow large as she bites and slashes her own wrist; she turns her wrist over directly above Hoshino’s opened throat. Her blood drips down into his mouth and containments him causing him to become a fellow vampire.

Throughout the rest of Blood, Hoshino tries to beat his rival Ukyo and accepts Miyako’s love. There is a slightly amusing swordfight between the two towards the end but nothing that spectacular.
The main problem with Blood is that it is the same old rival vampire factions fighting it out storyline that had been overdone in recent vampire movies. Except for Brigitte’s fight scene, the rest of the martial arts in Blood are so typical and boring that interest is quickly lost. The other problem is that nothing scary happens. This is just an excuse to show vampires brawling and engaging in silly swordfights. There is nothing in Blood that grabs your attention or makes you want to care about what happens to any of the characters. Blood fails to entertain with predicate outcomes and tiresome vampire plots.

For the truly curious Blood is currently streaming on Netflix.

Overall Rating

2 out of 5 stars Fair

"The Asian Aperture" is ©2013 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2013 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.

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